Make me to know your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths.
Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles, ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you’: look not on our sins but on the faith of your Church and grant it the peace and unity of your kingdom; where you are alive and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Reading from scripture - choose one of the following:
Jesus said to the crowds: 'You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 'You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.' (Matthew 5.13 – 16)
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. (I Corinthians 13.4 – 7)
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (I Peter 2.9, 10)
A Time of Silence is kept
Psalm - Read one of the following Psalms
Prayers, which may include these concerns
All who follow Christ, for growth in discipleship
All in the medical profession
All who have no one to pray for them
Reveal in us your glory, Lord; stir in us your power. Renew in us your kingdom, Lord; strengthen in us your hope. Work in us your miracles, Lord; abide in us yourself. Daily Prayer (Diocese of Durham)
The Lord's Prayer is said.
Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed: kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace; and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; 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.