Pray With Us

Leader: O God, you have given us a world full of rich resources, enough

for all, yet injustice remains.  We pray that minds are focused on

designing alternative ways of living & hands joined in solidarity –

to make changes for the protection of our shared planet.

All:        We call each other in prayer to enter more deeply into the

              riches of our journey; to reflect on our own experiences &

              continue to learn wisdom & compassion; to continue to ask

              questions; to see the good in ourselves & in others.

 

At the end of the week, we may like to speak of any

situation/concern/person in which we have been involved during

the week & place them before the Lord during this time of prayer.

 

Please listen to, or join in with, the hymn. (Talbot Songs for Worship Tr8)

 

 

(Refrain) Like the deer that yearns for running streams,

               So my soul is yearning for God.

 

My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life,

When can I see the face of my God?

My tears have become my bread by night & my day,

I hear it said where is your God? (refrain)

Deep is calling on deep in the roar of waters,

Your torrents & waves have swept over me.

With cries that pierce me through to the heart.

Many revile me, saying to me, ‘Where is your God’? (refrain)

By day the Lord will send his kindness & love,

By night I will sing praise to my God.

So why are you cast down my soul, why groan within me?

Hope in your God, my saviour & my God.

Hope in your God, my saviour & my God. (refrain)

 

Please say this psalm as indicated.

All:            Lord heal my soul, for I have sinned against you

Reader 1:  Happy are they who have regard for the lowly and the poor;

in the day of misfortune the Lord will deliver them.

The Lord will keep and preserve them;

He will make them happy on the earth,

and not give them over to the will of their enemies.

Reader 2:  The Lord will help them on their sickbed, He will take away all their ailments when they are ill. Once I said,

                  Oh Lord, have pity on me; heal me, though I have sinned against you.’

Reader 1:  But because of my integrity you sustain me and let me stand

before you for ever. Blessed be the lord, the God of Israel,

From all eternity and for ever.  Amen.  Amen.

All:            Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit

                  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

All:            Lord heal my soul, for I have sinned against you

      

Psalm 45 will be sung as indicated.

 

Cantors:    The Lord of hosts is with us:

The God of Jacob is our stronghold

Side 1:       God is our refuge & strength,

Our ever present help in distress.

Side 2:      Though the earth trembles,

                  And mountains slide into the sea, we have no fear.

Side 1:       Waters foam & roar,

And mountains shake at their surging;

Side 2:      But the God of Hosts is with us-

                  Our stronghold, the God of Israel.

Side 1:       There is a river whose streams give joy to the city of God,

The holy dwelling of the most high.

Side 2:      God is in its midst; it stands firm.

                  God will aid it at the break of day.

Side 1:       Even if nations are in chaos, and kingdoms fall,

God’s voice resounds; the earth melts away.

Side 2:      God is with us;

                  The God of Israel is our stronghold

Side 1:       Come see the deeds of the most high,

The marvellous things God has done on earth;

Side 2:       All over the world, God has stopped wars-

                  Breaking bows, splintering spears, burning the shields with fire.

Side 1:       ‘Be still & know that I am God,

Exalted among the nations, exalted upon the earth.’

Side 2:      The most high is with us;

                  Our stronghold is the God of Israel.

All:            Glory be to the Father and to the Son

                  And to the Holy Spirit

                  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,

                  World without end, Amen.

All:            The Lord of hosts is with us:

                  The God of Jacob is our stronghold

 

Reading:   Henri Nouwen from ‘Following Jesus’.

Service is being involved in something that is for the people of God.  At

times we might be involved in larger things – clothing the naked,

sheltering the poor, helping the refugees – but it is always small to begin

with.  It begins with small gestures.  Being kind to your family & the

people you work with, saying a patient word, sending a card.

Be attentive – Be attentive – Be attentive.

When we pray frequently, & know that God is in us here & now, we are

very attentive to others because we are less preoccupied with ourselves.

 

Silent reflection

 

We listen to or join in with a version of the Canticle composed

by John Talbot. (Our Blessing Cup CD Tr 6).

 

 

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

And my spirit exalts in God my saviour;

For he has looked with mercy on my lowliness,

And my name will be forever exalted.

For the mighty God has done great things for me,

And His mercy will reach from age to age.

And holy, holy, holy is his name –

Holy, holy, holy is his name (2).

 

Intercessions:

Reader:     We pray for all followers of St Ignatius & particularly for the Jesuits & for the Congregation of Jesus – for their missions here & abroad – for their volunteer programmes – for those known to us, living & dead,  ………. pause……… we pray,

All (sung): O Lord hear us, O Lord hear us, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reader:    Come, Spirit of God, we live in a world where there is plenty for all, yet many are hungry.  Help us to share the riches you have given us including our homes & our time………. pause……… we pray,

All (sung): O Lord hear us, O Lord hear us, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reader:     Come, Spirit of God, you give us a vision of a better world.  Give wisdom to those with power to make it a reality.  Your kingdom come ………. pause……… we pray,

All (sung): O Lord hear us, O Lord hear us, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Reader:     We pray for people who have died today – for those who will die tonight – and for those whose anniversaries occur tomorrow, remembering especially:

 

Pause for people to add silently or aloud any further intentions.

 

Leader begins the Our Father….

 

Leader:     Lord God, we pray in thanksgiving for Ignatius who lived so faithfully in your spirit.  We ask that we may share in that faithfulness & bring about your kingdom in the world you created. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

All:           Amen.

Leader:     May the blessing & peace of God be with us all this night & in the days to come.

All:          Amen.

Leader:    Let us go out into our wider community in peace & love & hope & joy knowing that we are blessed.

All:          In the name of Christ – Amen.