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Versicle

God said: “Let there be light”; and there was light,
And God saw that the light was good.
This very day the Lord has acted.
May God’s Name be praised. 

Venite [Psalm 95]

Come, let us raise a joyful song,
a shout of triumph to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into Your presence with thanksgiving,
singing songs of triumph.
For You are a great God, a great king over all gods.
The depths of the earth are in Your hands; mountains belong to You.
The sea is Yours, for You made it;
and the dry land Your hands fashioned.
Let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the One who made us.
For You are our God, and we are the flock that You shepherd.
We will know Your power and presence this day,
if we will but listen for Your voice.

Collect of the Season [A Collect for Pentecost]

You opened Your Way to every race and to every nation,
by the promised gift of Your Holy Spirit:
Shed abroad this power throughout the world, by the preaching of the Gospel,
that it may reach to the ends of the earth...

Collect of the Office [A Collect for Morning Prayer]

Drive far from us all wrong desires,
and incline our hearts to keep Your ways:
Grant that having cheerfully done Your will this day,
we may, when night comes, rejoice and give You thanks;
through the One Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Canticle: Benedictus [Zechariah's Song]

Blessed be God, who has turned to His people and saved us and set us free.
You have raised up for us a strong deliverer, and so You promised:
Age after age You proclaimed by the lips of Your holy prophets,
that You would deliver us, calling to mind Your solemn covenant.
This was the promise that You made: To rescue us and free us from fear,
so that we might worship You with a holy worship,
in Your holy presence our whole life long.
In Your tender compassion, the morning sun has risen upon us –
to shine on us in our darkness, to guide our feet into the paths of peace.

Canticle of the Day [A Song of the Redeemed from the Book of Revelation]

O ruler of the universe, Lord God,
great deeds are they that you have done.

Your great deeds surpass all our understanding.
Your ways are the ways of righteousness and truth,
O God of all the ages.
Who can fail to do you homage,
and to sing the praises of Your Name?
For You only are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and bow down before You,
because Your just and holy works have been revealed. [A]

Psalter [Psalm 119]

vv.105-112: Your Word is a lantern to our feet, and a light upon our path.

We are determined to keep to Your righteous judgements.
Accept the willing tribute of our lips, and teach to us Your judgements.
Our life is always in Your hands, yet we do not forget Your law.
Your decrees are our inheritance, and they are the joy of our hearts.
We have applied our hearts to fulfilling them, forever and to the end. [A]


vv.113-120: We hate those with divided hearts, but Your law we adore.

You are our refuge and our shield; our hope is in Your Word.
Sustain us according to Your promise, let us not be disappointed.
Hold us up and we shall be safe; our delight will be in Your statutes.
Our flesh trembles with dread of You; we are afraid of Your judgements. [A]


vv.121-128: We do what is just and right; do not deliver us to our enemy.

Be surety for Your servants’ good; let not our enemy oppress us.
Our eyes have failed from watching for Your salvation and Your promise.
Deal with Your servants according to Your kindness, and teach us Your ways.
We are Your servants; grant us understanding of Your truth.
It is time for You to act, for Your laws have been broken.
Truly we love Your commandments, more than gold and precious stones.
We hold Your commandments to be true; the paths of falsehood we abhor. [A]


vv.129-136: Your decrees are wonderful; we obey them with all our hearts.

When Your word goes forth, it gives light and understanding to the simple.
Turn to us in mercy, as You always do to those who love Your Name.
Steady our footsteps in Your Word; let no iniquity have dominion over us.
Rescue us from those who oppress us, and we will keep Your ways.
Let Your countenance shine upon Your servants, and teach us Your decrees.
Our eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep Your law. [A]


vv.137-144: You are righteous and upright are Your judgments.

You have issued Your decrees with justice, and in perfect faithfulness.
Your Word has been tested to the uttermost; Your servants hold it dear.
We are small and of little account, yet we do not forget Your judgments.
Your justice is everlasting, and Your law is truth.
Trouble and distress have come upon us; yet Your decrees are our delight.
The righteousness of them is everlasting; grant us understanding we pray. [A]

Gospel

You cannot turn back.

The road that leads to life is a narrow road
and there are few who find it.
The other road is wide and many travel upon it.
Take the narrow gate, I tell you.

The road is hard.
If you would serve me,
then you must follow me.
For where I am is where my friends must be also.
They are the ones who love me.

To follow me, you must deny yourself
and take up your cross every day.
Pupils do not rank above their teachers,
or servants above their masters.
A pupil must be content to share in the teacher’s lot,
and a servant in their master’s.

Blessed are the ones who are persecuted in their hearts,
for the sake of the kingdom,
they are the ones who will truly know God.

This is the way of the kingdom–
You say to me that my family has come
and is outside looking for me.
But I say to you that my family is here with me,
looking for God.
These are the ones who are my brothers and sisters.

You say to me: “I will follow You,
but first let me go and bury my father,” or
“First, let me go and say goodbye to my family.”
I say to you: Let the dead bury the dead.
If you have ears, then hear:
Once you have grasped a plow,
once you have reached for the kingdom,
you cannot turn back.

Prayers of the People

We give You thanks, Almighty God: For all Your gifts
so freely bestowed upon us and all whom You have made:
We bless You for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of life;
above all, for the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,
for the hope of glory and for the means of grace.

We thank You, O Lord.

Grant us such an awareness of Your mercies, we pray,
that with truly thankful hearts, we may give You praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving ourselves to Your service,
and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days.

Hear us, O Lord.

We offer prayers for all those with whom we share the Journey:
For our loved ones, those who have been given to us,
and to whom we have been given: [n].

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.

For those whom we have loved who are now absent from us: [n].

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.

And for those we know who face particular trials and tests this day: [n].

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.

We entrust all who are dear to us to Your never-failing love and care,
for this life and the life to come;
knowing that You will do for them
far more than we can desire or pray for.

Amen.

Now with all your people on earth, we pray the prayer
that Jesus taught those He called brothers and sisters and friends:

   Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. 
   Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 
   Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, 
   as we forgive those who trespass against us.
   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
   For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Blessing

Thanks be to God – Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life.
We go in peace to serve the Lord,
and may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with us all.

Amen.


[Taken from Venite: A Book of Daily Prayer. Please send any typos to Phil Owen.]