Saturday Prayers: August 25th – 26th, 2018
14th Sunday After Pentecost
Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. John 6. 58
Almighty God, we are taught by your word that all our doings without love are worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Hail, thou once despised Jesus! Hail, thou Galilean King! Thou didst suffer to release us, thou didst free salvation bring, Hail, thou universal Saviour! Thou hast borne our sin and shame; by thy merits we find favour; life is given through thy name. (John Bakewell)
Holy God, holy and mighty, holy immortal one, have mercy upon us.
O Lord, guard and direct us in the way of unity, service and peace. Give to all people and awareness of the unity of your human family. Cleanse our hearts of prejudice, selfishness, and inspire us to do what is right. Teach us to respect and use your creation, in a way that all may share in the good things you provide. Strengthen all who give their energy or skill for the healing of those who are sick in body or in mind. Set free all who are bound by fear and despair. Lead us forward day by day until we come to share in your Eternal Kingdom. For yours is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, for ever and ever. Amen
Wednesday, August 29th The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5.10.
Almighty God who called John the Baptist to give witness to the coming of your Son and to prepare his way, strengthen us by your grace, that as he suffered for the truth, so we may boldly resist corruption and sin, and receive with him the unfading crown of glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Glory to God whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; Glory to God from generation to generation in the world and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen.
nnDnn Archdeacon Ron Matthewman, Vicar General Emeritus