This is an opportunity to pause in the middle of our day and we're particularly asked to do this in the nine days between the feast of Jesus' Ascension into Heaven, and in preparation for the festival of Pentecost. And we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit to the first disciples in Jerusalem, and we ask for a fresh sense of God's power and love for us in this time and place.
Today's prayers are led by Revd Clare Connors.
1 The king shall rejoice in your strength, O Lord; ♦
how greatly shall he rejoice in your salvation!
2 You have given him his heart’s desire ♦
and have not denied the request of his lips.
3 For you come to meet him with blessings of goodness ♦
and set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
4 He asked of you life and you gave it him, ♦
length of days, for ever and ever.
5 His honour is great because of your salvation; ♦
glory and majesty have you laid upon him.
6 You have granted him everlasting felicity ♦
and will make him glad with joy in your presence.
7 For the king puts his trust in the Lord; ♦
because of the loving-kindness of the Most High,
he shall not be overthrown.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
Short Bible Reading
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
We are guided in praying for ourselves and those around us, ending with this prayer:
O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
As our Saviour taught us, so we pray
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.
May the grace of the Holy Spirit enlighten our
hearts and minds.
Thank you for praying with us. Join us again tomorrow at midday.