Morning Prayer for Lent

St Leo the Great and Sherbrook – St Gilbert’s

5th Thursday of Lent  14th April 2011

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Prayer

‘Lord Jesus, on a cross,
you gave your life for us and all humanity;
you took the pain of death and by it cleansed us from all sin.
Give us grace to live worthily of your sacrifice
that we, and all who would follow you,
should by our lives, show your love
for the broken and the hurt. 
Amen

Psalm 31: 9-16

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
My eyes grow weak with sorrow,
My soul and body with grief.

My life is consumed by anguish
And my years by groaning;
My strength fails because of my affliction,
And my bones grow weak.

Because of all my enemies
I am the utter contempt of my neighbours
and an object of dread to my closest friends –
those who see me in the streets flee from me.

I am forgotten as though I were dead;
I have become like broken pottery.

For I hear many whispering,
“Terror on every side!”
They conspire against me
and plot to take my life.

But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”

My times are in your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
from those who pursue me.
Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.

Scripture Reading: Philippians 1: 1-11

Reflection:

Prayers of Intercession and Lord’s Prayer

Gracious Lord, give us the grace we need to follow in the way of the cross: 
keep us faithful, dear Lord.

Strengthen us, Lord, for service in your name that all humanity might know your love.  
Let us praise the Lord.

 May the message of Christ’s Passion bring liberation to those who struggle in this world.  
Bring peace, O God.

When the weak, the sick and the dying cry out in their pain
May we in your name bring healing.

 Lead us in the way of life that we might at the last come into your presence:  
With those who have gone before us in faith.

Our Father . . . . . .

hymn 

 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Prayer:                 
Grant us grace this day, O God,  
To serve you in all things
That in so doing we might continuously
Offer praise to you. 
Amen.

Blessing