Pear Tree Church - Southampton

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Thursday

 

Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God;

    Let your kindly spirit lead me on a level path.

 

     

Opening Prayer

 

Eternal God, fount and source of all authority and wisdom, hear our prayer for those who govern.

Give to Elizabeth our Queen grace as the symbol of loyalty and unity for all our different peoples;

give to the Parliaments in these islands, and especially to our own Government, wisdom and skill, imagination and energy;

give to the members of the European institutions, vision, understanding and integrity, that all may live in peace and happiness, truth and prosperity; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

     

 

Reading from scripture - choose one of the following:

 

Brothers and sisters, I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread,  and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 'This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.' For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. (I Corinthians 11.23- 26)

     

As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ; there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.  And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3.27 – 29)

 

 ‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.'  (John 13.34, 35)

 

 

     A Time of Silence is kept

 

Psalm - Read one of the following Psalms

93, 97, 66,24,57,21,148

 

    Prayers may include these concerns

     

                                                                     Ministers of the gospel

                                                                     Those who work for reconciliation

                                                                     Those in hospital

   

Collect 

     

         O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you,

         eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you, and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the Spirit

         of Jesus Christ our Lord. (Benedict of Nursia - c.550)

     

 

    The Lord's Prayer is said.

 

 

Almighty God, whose will it is that the earth and the sea should bear fruit in due season:bless the labours of those who work on land and sea, grant us a good harvest and the grace always to rejoice in your fatherly care; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.