Lent Morning Prayer, Thursday of the 2nd Week, Sherbrooke St Gilbert and St Leo the Great

Let us pray together: God our Saviour,
In our morning prayer turn our hearts back to you,
Give us the courage in our journey through Lent
To give more attention to you in prayer,
More disciplined care to ourselves in self-sacrifice,
And more love and support
to our families, our friends and our neighbours.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Psalm 115 I will walk in the presence of God.

I trusted when I felt afflicted, I walk in the sight of the Lord, And even in the face of death, I will walk in the presence of God. I will walk in the presence of God.

Your servant, Lord, is ever trusting. My bonds you have loosened with care. I offer thanks and sacrifice, I will walk in the presence of God. I will walk in the presence of God.

My vows to God I keep with gladness, I dwell in the house of my Lord. My promises I will fulfill. I will walk in the presence of God. I will walk in the presence of God.

Glory to the Father, glory to the Son, glory to the Holy Spirit both now and for ever. Amen. I will walk in the presence of God.

The obedience in the psalmist or the ‘servant’ was seen in the early Church as anticipating the obedience of Christ, the ‘suffering servant’ of God,
and their faith can be seen in the Canticle from the Letter to the Philippians:

Philippians 2: 6-11

Though Jesus Christ was in the form of God,he did not count such equality to be grasped.

Instead, he freely emptied out himself, and took the form of a servant, was born like us.

In human form he chose humility,and gave himself up to dying upon a cross.

Because of this our God exalted him, and raised him, gave him a name above every name.

At Jesus’ name now every knee should bow, be they in heav’n or on earth or creation’s depths.

Reading Jeremiah 17:5-10

The Lord says this:‘A curse on the man who puts his trust in man, who relies on things of flesh,
whose heart turns from the Lord. He is like dry scrub in the wastelands:
if good comes, he has no eyes for it, he settles in the parched places of the wilderness,
a salt land, uninhabited. ‘A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord,
with the Lord for his hope. He is like a tree by the waterside
that thrusts its roots to the stream: when the heat comes it feels no alarm,
its foliage stays green; it has no worries in a year of drought,
and never ceases to bear fruit.
‘The heart is more devious than any other thing,
perverse too: who can pierce its secrets?
I, the Lord, search to the heart, I probe the loins,
to give each man what his conduct and his actions deserve.’

A short reflection

The Canticle of Zechariah: the Benedictus (Iona version)

Intercessions

Let us give praise and reverence to God, who revealed himself in Christ. From the
depths of our hearts we pray: Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

Give us a deeper understanding of your Church, so that it may become a clearer

means of salvation for us and for the world. Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

You love the all your children: give us the gift of building up human society,
always looking forward to the coming of your kingdom. Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

When we thirst, teach us to run to Christ, the spring from which living water flows.
Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

Forgive us our transgressions and guide our steps on the path of righteousness and
truth. Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

Our Father . . . . and The Blessing

Copyright and acknowledgements: Ps 115 © Noel S Donnelly. Version of the Canticle from the Letter to the Philippians © Stephen E Smyth. Excerpt from Jeremiah taken from The Jerusalem Bible ©1985 by Darton Longman and Todd Ltd. And Doubleday and Co. Ltd.” Version of the Benedictus: John Bell ã 1995 W.G.R.G. Hymns reproduced under Calamus lic: 0262 and CCL lic no: 74396