Prayer Meeting 27th May 2015

This Wednesday, 27th May at 7.30pm, our prayer space will take the form of a prayer meeting in the church. The following liturgy will help guide us and feel free to write in the spaces marked for open prayer and bring it with you. Take time also to reflect and pray over the bible passages which we will seek to discern together or for those who cannot be there you can do so at home. Every Blessing.

Blessed are the poor in spirit
WEEK 2 BEATITUDES

Opening sentence

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Call to praise

Lord, open our lips
and our mouths will proclaim your praise.

You are good to those who wait for you,
to all who seek you.

Glory …

Isaiah 57.14-15

It shall be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.”
For thus says the high and lofty one
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.

Thanksgiving

My heart is ready, O God;I will sing your praise.
Your steadfast love is higher than the heavens,
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

(free prayers of thanksgiving)

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
and let your glory shine over all the earth.

Amen.

Call to discipleship

Jesus said, Let anyone with ears to hear listen.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.

Do this, and you will live.
Lord Jesus, you have the words of eternal life.

Mark 15.47–16.8

Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus saw where the body was laid.
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

James 4.5-10

Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, “God yearns jealously for the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Silent or spoken reflection on the readings

The Beatitudes

Call to intercession
Rejoice in the Lord always.
The Lord is near.

Do not worry about anything, but in everything with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. God of the foolish and the despised, we bring our prayers to you as acts of love for you and for our neighbours.
In your mercy, Lord, hear our prayer.

You refresh the spirits of the humble. We pray for ourselves and those dear to us.

(open prayers)

You bless the poor in spirit;
Theirs’ is the kingdom of heaven.

You remind us that those who welcome children welcome you. We pray for our community and for our neighbours.

(open prayers)

You bless the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

You revive the hearts of the contrite. We pray for the church in all places, that we may be one.

(open prayers)

You bless the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

You choose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise. We pray for the world, that your reign may come and your will be done on earth.

(open prayers)

You bless the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

We offer you other concerns we carry in our hearts.

(open prayers)

You bless the poor in spirit;
theirs’ is the kingdom of heaven.

God whose justice shines like the sun, you bless all who seek first your kingdom and righteousness. Fill our hearts with the spirit of the Beatitudes, that we may live this day in simplicity, mercy, and joy. Through Jesus, who taught us to do so, we pray for the coming of your reign:

Our Father …

Benediction
Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, make us complete in everything good, so that we may do God’s will, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

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