Prayer on Thursday

We're invited to share in this form of prayer together on Thursday evenings at 7.45pm (it's from our local group of churches, the Stretford deanery)

 

Night Prayer

You may wish to light a candle and have some reflective music playing in the background
 
May the love of the Lord Jesus draw us to himself;
May the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen us in his service;
May the Joy of the Lord Jesus fill our souls.
Amen.
 
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
Raised to your right hand on high
the ascended Christ shows the prints of love
and bestows on us the gifts of grace.
As your Spirit renews the face of the earth,
may we bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
and reveal your glory in all the world.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

 
The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
Amen.

 
Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth.


Pause and reflect on the day that is past

Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.
 
 
Bible Readings for Thursdays 13th and 20th August:

Mark 1.29-end, and Mark 4.1-20

 

Prayer for today

Gracious Father,
revive your Church in our day,
and make her holy, strong and faithful,
for your glory’s sake
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.


Psalm 62

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

How long will you assault me?
Would all of you throw me down—
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
Surely they intend to topple me
from my lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.

Surely the lowborn are but a breath,
the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
together they are only a breath.
Do not trust in extortion
or put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
do not set your heart on them.

One thing God has spoken,
two things I have heard:
'Power belongs to you, God,
and with you, Lord, is unfailing love';
and, 'You reward everyone
according to what they have done.'

 
Jesus said, ‘I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the
world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!’
(John 16.33)
 
 
Prayers
 
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen

In a moment of quiet we particularly remember our friends across the deanery, those who are bereaved, sick, frightened or anxious at this time. We also give thanks for all those key workers, whatever their job who are supporting and caring for others.
 
Loving God, thank You for Your love from which nothing can separate us,
and which does not depend on our efforts.
Please reveal this love and the peace it brings,
in the lives of those we are praying for.
Amen
 
Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve:
bless all who, following in his steps,
give themselves to the service of others;
that with wisdom, patience and courage,
they may minister in his name to the suffering and the needy;
for the love of him who laid down his life for us,
your Son our saviour Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen
 
Be present, O merciful God,
and protect us through the silent hours of this night,
so that we who are wearied
by the changes and chances of this fleeting world,
may rest upon your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,
and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;
may your holy angels dwell with us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen
 
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.
 
The Conclusion
In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen.
 
Materials are drawn from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, Common Worship: Pastoral
Services, and Common Worship: Daily Prayer, all of which are copyright © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England.