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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 to the Lamb from the Book of Revelation]

Splendor and honor and kingly power
are Yours by right, O Lord our God.

For you created everything that is,
and by Your will they were created and have their being.

And Yours by right,
O Lamb that was slain,
for with Your blood You have redeemed for God,
from every family, language, people, and nation,
a kingdom of priests to serve our God.

And so to him who sits upon the throne,
and to Christ the Lamb,
be worship and praise, dominion and splendor,
forever and forevermore. [A]

Psalter

120. When we were in trouble, we called to You, and You answered us.

Deliver us, we pray, from lying lips and deceitful tongues.
For too long have we lived among the enemies of peace.
We are on the side of peace, but when we speak of it, they are for war. [A]


121. We lift our eyes to the hills, where does our help come from?

Our help comes only from You, the Maker of heaven and of earth.
You will not let our feet be moved;
You watch over us and never slumber and never sleep.
You keep watch over us; You are the shade at our right hand;
The sun will not strike us by day, nor the moon by night.
You guard us from all evil; You guard us body and soul.
You guard our going out and our coming home, now and forevermore. [A]


122. We are glad when it is time to go into the house of God.

Now we stand in Your gates, where Your children gather to praise You.
And we will pray for the peace of Your children:
May peace be within their walls, and may quiet be within their towns.
For the sake of our brothers and sisters, we pray for their prosperity.
Because of the House of the Most High, we will seek to do them good. [A]


123. We lift up our eyes, to You, enthroned upon the heavens.

As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,
So will our eyes look to You, until You show Your mercy.
Have mercy on us, we pray; have mercy on us. [A]


124. What if the Almighty One had not been with us?

If You had not been with us, when our enemy rose up against us,
We would have been swallowed up by the rage and anger of our foe.
The waters would have overwhelmed us, and covered us over.
Blessed be Your Name! for You have not given us over; we have escaped.
Our help is in Your Name; our help is in the Maker of heaven and earth. [A]


125. Those who trust in You cannot be moved.

They are like Your holy mountain, which stands fast forever.
As the hills stand by the city, so do You stand with Your children.
Show Your goodness to those who are good, to those who are true of heart.
And may peace be always among Your people. [A]

Gospel

I will always be with you.

In the world you will find trouble,
because you are a stranger to the world as I am.
But do not be afraid of the things that you will suffer.
Have courage, for the Word has been given to you.
Though you will be plunged into grief,
your grief will be turned to joy.
Blessed are the ones who weep and mourn;
they will be comforted and filled with laughter.

You did not choose me, I chose you.
So have confidence and be of good courage.
Know that your faith has saved you
and that your faith will save you.
That if you bring forth what is already in you,
it is enough to save your very soul.

You are no longer my disciples,
you are my friends.
And I have told you all of these things
so that you might have my joy in you,
and so that your joy might be complete.
And so that you might have peace.
My peace is my gift to you.

This is the way of the kingdom–
If you were to ask your mother for bread,
would you get a stone?
If you were to ask your father for a fish,
would you get a snake?
If your earthly parents know how to care for you,
then how much more can you trust your heavenly Father?
Whatever you ask for my sake,
will be given you for my sake.

Trust always in God, I say to you,
and trust also in me.
Split open the wood and I am there.
Lift the stone and I am among you.
Wherever two or three of you gather,
I will be there with you
and our hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take that joy from you.

If you have ears to hear, then hear:
I will always be with you.

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.]