O Lord, open our lips,
and we shall praise your name.
O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you:
as the day rises to meet the sun.
or, in Eastertide:
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Glory to God, Source of All,
Word of Truth, Breath of Life,
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.
A hymn or song may be sung.
This or some other may be said.
Come, let us sing to the Lord; *
let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before the presence of the Lord with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to God with psalms.
For you, O Lord, are a great God, *
and a great sovereign above all gods.
In your hand are the caverns of the earth,* and the heights of the hills are yours also.
The sea is yours, for you made it, *
and your hands have moulded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,* and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For you are our God, and we are the people of your pasture and the sheep of your hand. *
Glory to God, Source of All ...
Prayer of the Morning
Blessèd are you, O God, the Giver of life
and Sustainer of all that is.
At the opening of this day
you call us out of darkness
into your marvellous light.
Blessèd are you for ever and ever. Amen
After the reading(s), a period of quietness is kept for personal self-reflection and meditation. Some may use this time for journalling, centred prayer, an exercise in mindfulness, or saying the Rosary.
The prayer for courage from Corrymeela may be used to end the time of reflection:
Courage comes from the heart
and we are always welcomed by God, the Croí of all being.
We bear witness to our faith,
knowing that we are called
to live lives of courage, love and reconciliation in the ordinary and
extraordinary moments of each day.
We bear witness, too, to our failures and our complicity in the fractures of our world.
May we be courageous today,
May we learn today,
May we love today. Amen.
This or some other canticle may be said.
Blessèd are you, the Holy One, the God of Israel, who has come to set your people free.
You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour, born of the house of your servant, David.
Through holy prophets, you promised of old to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us, to show mercy to our forebears, and to remember your holy covenant.
This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship without fear, holy and righteous before God, all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Holy One to prepare the way, to spread among God’s people the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of sins.
In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to God, Source of All ...
Prayer for others
Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our brothers, sisters and siblings throughout the world, who live and die in poverty and pain. May their prayers for us open our lives to receive their gifts as we open our hands to give.
We remember our companions on the road and those we have promised to pray for ...
We pray with Christians around the world ...
(see Methodist Prayer Handbook or other prayer diary)
We pray for the needs of others …
We pray for all who make a new beginning today ...
Silence or spoken prayers may follow
This or some other prayer:
who filled Saint Barnabas with faith
and the Holy Spirit and
gave him the ministry of encouragement:
bless us, and those for whom we pray,
with your gifts of grace,
and the discernment to use them
in ways that honour you
and build others up;
through Jesus our faithful Companion. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Into your hands, Lord:
we commit our lives, our work and the tasks that await us;
Into your care, Lord:
we commit our households and family,
and those who love us;
In your name, Lord:
we commit to minister, serving
always those in greatest need.
Conclude with this or some other blessing:
May we find in Christ Jesus,
risen from the dead,
a sure ground for hope
a firm support for faith,
the assurance of sins forgiven,
and life everlasting. Amen.
Companions of Barnabas
Encouragement in Ministry