Monday, January 13, 2020

Proper Prayers for Epiphany 2A (19 January 2020)

Proper Prayers for RCL Epiphany 2A


Isaiah 49.1-7; Psalm 40.1-12 [NRSV 40.1-11]; 1 Corinthians 1.1-9; John 1.29-42

                                  

Collect of the Day


Almighty God, your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world.  May your people, illumined by your word and sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that/so that he may be known, worshipped and obeyed/followed to the ends of the earth; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.  [1]
or
Holy God, our strength and our redeemer, by your Spirit hold us forever, that/so that through your grace we may worship you and faithfully serve you, follow you and joyfully find you, through Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  [2]
or
Steadfast God, you have enriched and enlightened us by the revelation of your eternal Christ.  Strengthen us to walk the path of his teaching, so that by word and deed and in the power of the Spirit  we may manifest the gracious news of your faithfulness and love.  Amen.  [3]
or
Redeemer of Israel, you called us from before our birth to follow in your ways:  meet us in our searching and turn our eyes and hearts to the one who gives his life for the world; through Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.  Amen.  [3]
or
Merciful God, you sent your Son, the spotless Lamb, to take upon himself the sin of the world.  Make our lives holy, that/so that your Church may bear witness to your purpose of reconciling all things in Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.  Amen.  [4]

Prayer over the Gifts


Living God, you have revealed your Son as the Messiah.  May we hear his word and follow it, and live as children of light.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.  [1]
or
Holy God, gracious and merciful, you bring forth food from the earth and nourish your whole creation.  Turn our hearts toward those who hunger in any way, so that all may know your care; and prepare us now to feast on the bread of life, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  [3]
or
God of all creation, all you have made is good, and your love endures forever.  You bring forth bread from the earth and fruit from the vine.  Nourish us with these gifts, so that we might for the world signs of your gracious presence in Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  [3]
or
Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things.  Through your goodness  you have blessed us with these gifts:  our selves, our time and our possessions.  Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  [3]
or
God of mercy and grace, the eyes of all wait upon you,  and you open your hand in blessing.  Fill us with good things at your table, so that we may come to the help of all in need, through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Lord.  Amen.  [3]
or
Merciful God, as grains of wheat scattered upon the hills were gathered together to become one bread, so let your church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into your kingdom, for yours is the glory through Jesus Christ, now and for ever.  Amen.  [3]

Preface


Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; you are the source of light and life for all your creation, you made us in your own image, and call us to new life in Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Therefore we praise you, joining our voices to proclaim the glory of your name.  [1]
or
Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; we give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord, who on this first day of the week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.  In our unending joy we echo on earth the song of the angels in heaven as we raise our voices to proclaim the glory of your name.  [1]
or
Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; by water and the Holy Spirit you have made us a holy people in Jesus Christ our Lord; you renew that mystery in bread and wine and nourish us, to show forth your glory in all the world.  Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the holy people who have served you in every age, we raise our voices to proclaim the glory of your name.  [1]
or
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Saviour Jesus Christ; who on this day overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.  And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn: [2]

Prayer after Communion


God of glory, you nourish us with bread from heaven.  Fill us with your Holy Spirit, that/so that through us your light may shine in all the world.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.  [1]
or
We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life.  In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  [3]
or
O God, we give you thanks that you have set before us this feast, the body and blood of your Son.  By your Spirit strengthen us to serve all in need and to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  [3]
or
God of abundance, with this bread of life and cup of salvation you have united us with Christ, making us one with all your people.  Now send us forth in the power of your Spirit, so that we may proclaim your redeeming love to the world and continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.  [3]
or
Gracious God, in this meal you have drawn us to your heart, and nourished us at your table with food and drink, the body and blood of Christ.  Now send us forth to be your people in the world, and to proclaim your truth this day and evermore, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  [3]
or
O God, our life, our strength, our food, we give you thanks for sustaining us with the body and blood of your Son.  By your Holy Spirit, enliven us to be his body in the world, so that more and more we will give you praise and serve your earth and its many peoples, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  [3]

Notes


[1]        The Book of Alternative Services 1985
[2]       Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006
[2a]     Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition 2006
[3]       Alternative Collects for Years A, B & C of the RCL and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion 2019
[4]        Opening Prayers:  Collects in Contemporary Language 1997
[5]        Prayers for an Inclusive Church 2009
[6]        Revised Common Lectionary Prayers 2002
[7]        Book of Occasional Services 2003

N.B.  Text in italics are possible alternatives suggested by the Ven. Richard Geoffrey Leggett, Ph.D.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Eternal Attraction: Reflections on the Baptism of Christ (RCL Epiphany 1A on 12 January 2020)

Eternal Attraction
Reflections on the Baptism of Christ

RCL Epiphany 1A
12 January 2020

Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral
New Westminster BC

Isaiah 42.1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10.34-43; Matthew 3.13-17

            Many, if not all, of us will remember our childhood experiences with the mystery of magnetism.  Perhaps we received a set of magnets as a gift or we had a container whose lid magically closed and remained closed with any visible latch or we had science experiments at school.  I remember wrapping a large nail with copper wire and then hooking the ends of the wire to a battery to create an electromagnet in Grade 6.

            Let me refresh your memory about magnetism and magnets.  Magnets have a positive pole and a negative pole.  If you have two magnets in close proximity, you’ll notice that opposite poles attract and same poles repel, something that has even influenced an English expression about friendship and romance, ‘Opposites attract.’  We even say that what we don’t like about another person is often something we don’t like about ourselves.

            Another wonderful thing about magnets is that they can, if strong enough, transmit their magnetic energy through certain other objects which are not themselves magnets.  I have one of those magnetic paper clip holders on my desk which sometimes insists on creating paper clip trains as I try to pull just one from the holder.

            Without magnetism our whole planet doesn’t work.  The magnetic poles influence our weather and help us find our ways in strange places through the use of a compass. Magnetism can be used in rail transportation in so-called ‘mag-lev’ trains which ‘float’ on a rail because the train and the rail are the same polarity.  I could go on, but this is not a science lesson.  It is, however, a reflection on the baptism of Christ and our own, a reflection in which magnetism is an apt metaphor.

            Within every human being dwells the image of God, that is, the ability to love and create.  For reasons that, from time to time, still confound me and can almost bring me to despair, God has also given us the freedom to choose.  We’re all aware of the power of love to create, but we’re equally aware of the power of love misdirected to warp and wound as well as the power of love withheld to destroy.  Despite the dark side of our ability to choose, I believe that the image of God that is planted in each and every one of the children of God is like a powerful magnet that seeks love rather than hate, light rather than darkness, life rather than death.  It is a compass that is always pointing towards God if held steady and level.

            When someone offers us an expression of genuine love, no matter what form that love takes, it is hard for us not feel its attraction.  When we encounter something beautiful, no matter what form that beauty takes, we are drawn to it like a sunflower turns to follow the sun.  When we hear the truth, no matter what form that truth takes, we cannot help ourselves from listening to it with the ears of our soul.

            I believe that the Christian community is made up of people such as we who feel the pull of God’s love made known to us in Jesus of Nazareth and have allowed ourselves to be drawn closer to the heart of God.  As we grow in faith, hope and love, we discover our true selves.  These true selves see the world as a work in progress, being reoriented towards God’s future where the hurts of the past and the ills of the present no longer warp, wound or destroy the creatures of God.

            This future of which I speak makes itself present when, like two magnets joining, two or more human beings find themselves connected and working together for something greater than the sum of their parts.  This future of which I speak makes itself present when, like that chain of paper clips I spoke of earlier, people reach out to one another and share the magnetic power of God’s love, strengthening that love in some and awakening that love in others.

            Recently a report was leaked to the media before it was shared with the Council of General Synod.  This report has become front page news in some places and greeted with a yawn in others.  According to this report, the Anglican Church of Canada has only twenty years left if current demographic trends continue.  Now I know of three such reports that have been published in the almost forty years I’ve been a priest.  While I do not dispute the reality of our declines, I do believe that the reports of our death are greatly exaggerated.

            We do need to draw more people into the fellowship of Christ, not for the purpose of institutional survival but for the purpose of God’s mission of building a future.  The magnetic power of God’s love is pulling on that image of God in each one of us.  What we need to do is to reach out, figuratively and physically, with our whole bodies, minds, souls and strengths, to link our friends, families and neighbours with God’s love.  Make no mistake.  There are other magnets in our world that counterfeit God’s love.  They are not more powerful than God, but they seem to be doing a better job lately.

            So today as we remember Jesus’ baptism by John in the River Jordan, let us remember our baptisms.  Let us feel the mystery of God’s magnetism working in us again, so that others might know it again or even for the first time.
Come.  Live in the light!
Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!
We are called to be light for the kingdom,
to live in the freedom of the city of God.

Come!  Open your heart!
Show your mercy to all those who fear!
We are called to be hope for the hopeless
so hatred and blindness will be no more.

Come!  Sing a new song!
Sing of that great day when all will be one!
God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other
as sisters and brothers united in love. [1]

            


[1] ‘We Are Called’ in Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006, Hymn #720.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Proper Prayers for Epiphany A (6 January 2020)

The Feast of the Epiphany may be celebrated on the Sunday before Epiphany or on the day itself.  These prayers may be used on Sunday, 5 January 2020.


Proper Prayers for RCL Christmas 2


Isaiah 60.1-6; Psalm 72.1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3.1-12; Matthew 2.1-12


Collect of the Day


Eternal God, who by a star led wise men/the magi to the worship of your Son.  Guide by your light the nations of the earth, that/so that the whole world may know your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.  [1]
or
O God, on this day you revealed your Son to the nations by the leading of a star.  Lead us now by faith to know your presence in our lives, and bring us at last to the full vision of your glory, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.  [2]
or
Almighty and ever-living God, you revealed the incarnation of your Son by the brilliant shining of a star.  Shine the light of your justice always in our hearts and over all lands, and accept our lives as the treasure we offer in your praise and for your service, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.  [2]
or
Everlasting God, the radiance of all faithful people, you brought the nations to the brightness of your rising.  Fill the world with your glory, and show yourself to all the world through him who is the true light and the bright morning star, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.  [2]
or
Creator of the heavens, who led the Magi by a star to worship the Christ-child:  guide and sustain us, so that we may find our journey’s end in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  [3]
or
Lord God of the nations, we have seen the star of your glory rising in splendour.  The radiance of your incarnate Word pierces the darkness that covers the earth and signals the dawn of peace and justice.  Make radiant the lives of your people with that same brightness, and beckon all nations to walk as one in your light.  We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendour of eternal light, God for ever and ever.  Amen.  [4]
or
Shepherd of Israel and Light of all Nations, made known in the gifts of those who call to other names and walk on different ways:  may unjust powers and the hatred within us be dismayed by your friendship and dethroned by your love; through Jesus Christ, the open arms of grace.  Amen.  [5]
or
O God of light and peace, whose glory, shining in the child of Bethlehem, still draws the nations to yourself:  dispel the darkness that shrouds our path, that/so that we may come to kneel before Christ in true worship, offer him our hearts and souls, and return from his presence to live as he has taught; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.  Amen.  [6 alt.]
or
Radiant Morning Star, you are both guidance and mystery.  Visit our rest with disturbing dreams, and our journeys with strange companions.  Grace us with the hospitality to open our hearts and homes to visitors filled with unfamiliar wisdom bearing profound and unusual gifts; for with Christ and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, God for ever and ever.  Amen.  [6 alt.]
or
Bright Morning Star, your light has come, and the birth of Jesus has overwhelmed us with joy.  Like the magi of long ago, may we be drawn to you and offer you such gifts as we are able; for with Christ and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, God for ever and ever.  Amen.  [6]

Prayer over the Gifts


Gracious God, accept the offering of your Church, the hearts of your people joined in praise and thanksgiving, in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.  [1]
or
Good and loving God, we rejoice in the birth of Jesus, who came among the poor to bring the riches of your grace.  As you have blessed us with your gifts, let them be blessing for others.  With the trees of the field, with all earth and heaven, we shout for joy at the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Preface


Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; you have revealed your eternal plan of salvation, and have shown your Son Jesus Christ to be the light of all peoples.  Therefore with angels and archangels we raise our voices in joyful praise to proclaim the glory of your name.  [1]
or
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Saviour Jesus Christ.  By the leading of a star he was shown forth to all nations; in the waters of the Jordan you proclaimed him your beloved Son, and in the miracle of water turned to wine he revealed your glory.  And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:  [2]

The Breaking of the Bread


We break the bread of life, and that life is the light of the world.
God here among us, light in the midst of us, bring us to light and life.  [1]

Prayer after Communion


God of all the nations of the earth, guide us with your light.  Help us to recognize Christ as he comes to us in this eucharist and in our neighbours.  May we welcome him with love, for he is Lord now and for ever.  Amen.  [1]
or
Radiant God, with our eyes we have seen your salvation, and in this meal we have feasted on your grace.  May your Word take flesh in us, that/so that we may be your holy people, revealing your glory made known to us in Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Blessing


May the God of infinite goodness scatter the darkness of sin and brighten your hearts with holiness; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [1]
or
May the God of infinite goodness scatter the darkness of sin and brighten your hearts with holiness; and the blessing of God almighty, the Author of creation, the Word of redemption and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [1 alt.]
or
May the God of infinite goodness scatter the darkness of sin and brighten your hearts with holiness; and the blessing of God almighty, the Source of all being, the Word of redemption and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [1 alt.]
or
May the God of infinite goodness scatter the darkness of sin and brighten your hearts with holiness; and the blessing of God almighty, the Holy One of Israel, the Word of God incarnate and the Power of the Most High, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [1 alt.]
or
May the Holy One of Israel, who led the magi by the shining of a star to find the Christ, the Light from Light, lead you also, in your pilgrimage, to find the Lord; and the blessing of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.  Amen.  [7 alt.]
or
May the Holy One of Israel, who led the magi by the shining of a star to find the Christ, the Light from Light, lead you also, in your pilgrimage, to find the Lord; and the blessing of God, the Author of creation, the Word of redemption and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [7 alt.]
or
May the God of the prophets, who led the magi by the shining of a star to find the Christ, the Light from Light, lead you also, in your pilgrimage, to find the Lord; and the blessing of God, the Holy One of Israel, the Word of God incarnate and the Power of the Most High, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [7 alt.]
or
May the Holy One of Israel, who led the magi by the shining of a star to find the Christ, the Light from Light, lead you also, in your pilgrimage, to find the Lord; and the blessing of God, the Father, the Author of creation, the Word of redemption and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [7 alt.]

Notes


[1]        The Book of Alternative Services 1985
[2]       Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006
[2a]     Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition 2006
[3]       Alternative Collects for Years A, B & C of the RCL and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion 2019
[4]        Opening Prayers:  Collects in Contemporary Language 1997
[5]        Prayers for an Inclusive Church 2009
[6]        Revised Common Lectionary Prayers 2002
[7]        Book of Occasional Services 2003

N.B.  Text in italics are possible alternatives suggested by the Ven. Richard Geoffrey Leggett, Ph.D.

Proper Prayers for the 2nd Sunday after Christmas (5 January 2020)

For those congregations not keeping Epiphany on 5 January 2020.

Proper Prayers for RCL Christmas 2


Jeremiah 31.7-14 or Sirach 24.1-12; Psalm 147.12-20 (BAS 147.13-21) or Wisdom 10.15-21 (as a canticle); Ephesians 1.3.14; John 1.(1-9), 10-18


Collect of the Day


God of power and life, the glory of all who believe in you, fill the world with your splendour and show the nations the light of your truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.  [1]
or
Almighty God, you have filled all the earth with the light of your incarnate Word.  By your grace empower us to reflect your light in all that we do, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.  [2]
or
O God our redeemer, you created light that we might live, and you illumine our world with your beloved Son.  By your Spirit comfort us in all darkness, and turn us toward the light of Jesus Christ our Saviour, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.  [2]
or
Almighty God, you have filled all the earth with the light of your incarnate Word.  By your grace empower us to reflect your image in all that we do, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.  [3]
or
Gracious God, you have redeemed us through Jesus Christ, the first-born of all creation, whose birth we celebrate in the child of Bethlehem.  Grant us every spiritual blessing, so that we may live as your adopted children and witness to your glory with praise and thanksgiving, now and for ever.  Amen.  [3]
or
God most high, your only Son embraced the weakness of our flesh to give us the power to become your children; your eternal Word chose to well among us, that/so that  we might live in your presence.  Grant us a spirit of wisdom to know how rich is the glory you have made our own, and how great the hope to which we are called in Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendour of eternal  light, God for ever and ever.  Amen.  [4]
or
Hidden God, who made the face of Moses shine with the gift of your friendship:  teach us the law of love, carried by breath of spirit and planted in hearts of flesh that/so that we might be children again and world restored to you; through Jesus Christ, the Glory of God.  Amen.  [5]

Prayer over the Gifts


Source of love and life, receive all we offer you this day, and through the coming of your Son, help us to see in others him who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.  [1]
or
Good and loving God, we rejoice in the birth of Jesus, who came among the poor to bring the riches of your grace.  As you have blessed us with your gifts, let them be blessing for others.  With the trees of the field, with all earth and heaven, we shout for joy at the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Preface


Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; we give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord, who in the mystery of his incarnation was made perfect man of the flesh of the Virgin Mary his mother; in him we have seen a new and radiant vision of your glory.  Therefore with all the angels of heaven, we lift our voices and sing our joyful hymn of praise to proclaim the glory of your name.  [1]
or
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Saviour Jesus Christ.  In the wonder and mystery of the Word made flesh you have opened the eyes of faith to a new and radiant vision of your glory, that beholding the God made visible, we may be drawn to love the God whom we cannot see.  And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:  [2]

The Breaking of the Bread


We break the bread of life, and that life is the light of the world.
God here among us, light in the midst of us, bring us to light and life.  [1]

Prayer after Communion


Light eternal, you have nourished us in the mystery of the body and blood of your Son.  By your grace keep us ever faithful to your word, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  [1]
or
Radiant God, with our eyes we have seen your salvation, and in this meal we have feasted on your grace.  May your Word take flesh in us, that/so that we may be your holy people, revealing your glory made known to us in Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Blessing


May the God of infinite goodness scatter the darkness of sin and brighten your hearts with holiness; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [1]
or
May the God of infinite goodness scatter the darkness of sin and brighten your hearts with holiness; and the blessing of God almighty, the Author of creation, the Word of redemption and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [1 alt.]
or
May the God of infinite goodness scatter the darkness of sin and brighten your hearts with holiness; and the blessing of God almighty, the Source of all being, the Word of redemption and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [1 alt.]
or
May the God of infinite goodness scatter the darkness of sin and brighten your hearts with holiness; and the blessing of God almighty, the Holy One of Israel, the Word of God incarnate and the Power of the Most High, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [1 alt.]
or
May Christ, who by his Incarnation gathered into one things earthly and heavenly, fill you with his joy and peace; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always.  Amen.  [7]
or
May Christ, who by his Incarnation gathered into one things earthly and heavenly, fill you with his joy and peace; and the blessing of God almighty, the Author of creation, the Word of redemption and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [7 alt.]
or
May Christ, who by his Incarnation gathered into one things earthly and heavenly, fill you with his joy and peace; and the blessing of God almighty, the Holy One of Israel, the Word of God incarnate and the Power of the Most High, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [7 alt.]
or
May Christ, who by his Incarnation gathered into one things earthly and heavenly, fill you with his joy and peace; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Author of creation, the Word of redemption and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [7 alt.]

Notes


[1]        The Book of Alternative Services 1985
[2]       Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006
[2a]     Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition 2006
[3]       Alternative Collects for Years A, B & C of the RCL and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion 2019
[4]        Opening Prayers:  Collects in Contemporary Language 1997
[5]        Prayers for an Inclusive Church 2009
[6]        Revised Common Lectionary Prayers 2002
[7]        Book of Occasional Services 2003

N.B.  Text in italics are possible alternatives suggested by the Ven. Richard Geoffrey Leggett, Ph.D.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Proper Prayers for the 1st Sunday after Christmas (Year A: 29 December 2019)

Proper Prayers for RCL Christmas 1A


Isaiah 63.7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2.10-18; Matthew 2.13-23


Collect of the Day


Almighty God, you have shed upon us the new light of your incarnate Word.  May this light, enkindled in our hearts, shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.  [1]
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O Lord God, you know that cannot place our trust in our own powers.  As you protected the infant Jesus, so defend us and all the needy from harm and adversity, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.  [2]
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Loving God, guardian of our homes, when you entrusted your Son to the care of Mary and Joseph, you did not spare them the pains that touch the life of every family.  Teach us to rely on your word, that/so that in our trials as in our joys we may be clothed in gentleness and patience and united in love.  Make us ever thankful for the blessings you give us through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendour of eternal light, God for ever and ever.  Amen.  [4]
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God of the refugees, sharing the exile road with all who flee the violence that enslaves and kills:  as your Son sought asylum in a foreign land make us ready to welcome the refugee and receive from her a new language of life and hope; through Jesus Christ, Rachel’s child.  Amen.  [5]
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Praise is our cry, O Holy One of Israel, for you have come among us and borne our burdens.  Give us open hearts, that/so that we might embrace our suffering sisters and brothers, and welcome Jesus in the hospitality we show to exiles; through Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendour of eternal light, God for ever and ever.  Amen.  [6]

Prayer over the Gifts


God of light, in the birth of your Son/Jesus we see your glory.  May we who share in this mystery grow daily in your love.  This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord/Jesus, the Word made flesh.  Amen.  [1]
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Good and loving God, we rejoice in the birth of Jesus, who came among the poor to bring the riches of your grace.  As you have blessed us with your gifts, let them be blessing for others.  With the trees of the field, with all earth and heaven, we shout for joy at the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Preface


Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; we give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord, who in the mystery of his incarnation was made perfect man of the flesh of the Virgin Mary his mother; in him we have seen a new and radiant vision of your glory.  Therefore with all the angels of heaven, we lift our voices and sing our joyful hymn of praise to proclaim the glory of your name.  [1]
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It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God, through our Saviour Jesus Christ.  In the wonder and mystery of the Word made flesh you have opened the eyes of faith to a new and radiant vision of your glory, that beholding the God made visible, we may be drawn to love the God whom we cannot see.  And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:  [2]

The Breaking of the Bread


We break the bread of life, and that life is the light of the world.
God here among us, light in the midst of us, bring us to light and life.  [1]

Prayer after Communion


Faithful God, we thank you for feeing us with this heavenly banquet.  Help us always to hear the prophet’s call to turn our hearts to you; in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.  Amen.  [1]
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Radiant God, with our eyes we have seen your salvation, and in this meal we have feasted on your grace.  May your Word take flesh in us, that/so that we may be your holy people, revealing your glory made known to us in Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen.  [2]

Blessing


May the God of infinite goodness scatter the darkness of sin and brighten your hearts with holiness; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [1]
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May the God of infinite goodness scatter the darkness of sin and brighten your hearts with holiness; and the blessing of God almighty, the Author of creation, the Word of redemption and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [1 alt.]
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May the God of infinite goodness scatter the darkness of sin and brighten your hearts with holiness; and the blessing of God almighty, the Source of all being, the Word of redemption and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [1 alt.]
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May the God of infinite goodness scatter the darkness of sin and brighten your hearts with holiness; and the blessing of God almighty, the Holy One of Israel, the Word of God incarnate and the Power of the Most High, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.  [1 alt.]

Notes


[1]        The Book of Alternative Services 1985
[2]       Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006
[2a]     Evangelical Lutheran Worship:  Leaders Desk Edition 2006
[3]      Alternative Collects for Years A, B & C of the RCL and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion 2019
[4]        Opening Prayers:  Collects in Contemporary Language 1997
[5]        Prayers for an Inclusive Church 2009
[6]        Revised Common Lectionary Prayers 2002
[7]        Book of Occasional Services 2003

N.B.  Text in italics are possible alternatives suggested by the Ven. Richard Geoffrey Leggett, Ph.D.