Online Morning Prayer for Easter 6, Sunday 17th may 2020

Easter Season 

O Lord, open our lips

All   and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

In your resurrection, O Christ,

All  let heaven and earth rejoice. Alleluia.

This opening prayer may be said

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and for ever.

All   Amen.

The Word of God

Psalm 66:7-18 English Standard Version (ESV)

    [God] who rules by his might forever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
    let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah

Bless our God, O peoples;
    let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept our soul among the living
    and has not let our feet slip.
10 For you, O God, have tested us;
    you have tried us as silver is tried.
11 You brought us into the net;
    you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
12 you let men ride over our heads;
    we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings;
    I will perform my vows to you,
14 that which my lips uttered
    and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,
    with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,
    and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
17 I cried to him with my mouth,
    and high praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened.

All   Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.


Acts 17:22-31 English Standard Version (ESV)

22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for

“‘In him we live and move and have our being’;

as even some of your own poets have said,

“‘For we are indeed his offspring.’

29 Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”


All   In your unfailing love, O Lord,

you lead the people whom you have redeemed.


1    I will sing to the Lord, who has triumphed gloriously,  ♦

the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

2    The Lord is my strength and my song  ♦

and has become my salvation.

3    This is my God whom I will praise,  ♦

the God of my forebears whom I will exalt.

4    The Lord is a warrior,  ♦

the Lord is his name.

5    Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power:  ♦

your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.

6    At the blast of your nostrils, the sea covered them;  ♦

they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

7    In your unfailing love, O Lord,  ♦

you lead the people whom you have redeemed.

8    And by your invincible strength  ♦

you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

9    You will bring them in and plant them, O Lord,  ♦

in the sanctuary which your hands have established.

Exodus 15.1b-3,6,10,13,17

All   Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

All   In your unfailing love, O Lord,

you lead the people whom you have redeemed.



John 14:15-21 English Standard Version (ESV)

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”



Death is swallowed up in victory.

All   Where, O death, is your sting?

Christ is risen from the dead,

the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

All   Death is swallowed up in victory.

The trumpet will sound

and the dead shall be raised.

All   Where, O death, is your sting?

We shall not all sleep,

but we shall be changed.

All   Death is swallowed up in victory.

Where, O death, is your sting?

from 1 Corinthians 15


Gospel Canticle

All   The Lord is risen from the tomb

who for our sakes hung upon the tree. Alleluia.

1    Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,  ♦

who has come to his people and set them free.

2    He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,  ♦

born of the house of his servant David.

3    Through his holy prophets God promised of old  ♦

to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us,

4    To show mercy to our ancestors,  ♦

and to remember his holy covenant.

5    This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:  ♦

to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

6    Free to worship him without fear,  ♦

holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

7    And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,  ♦

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

8    To give his people knowledge of salvation  ♦

by the forgiveness of all their sins.

9    In the tender compassion of our God  ♦

the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

10  To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,  ♦

and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1.68-79

All   Glory to the Father and to the

Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.


All   The Lord is risen from the tomb

who for our sakes hung upon the tree. Alleluia.


Read Joachim's sermon here

Read Rosie's Prayers of Intercession


That this day may be holy, good and joyful:

All  we pray to you, O Lord.

That we may offer to you our worship and our work:

All  we pray to you, O Lord.

That we may strive for the well-being of all creation:

All  we pray to you, O Lord.

That in the pleasures and pains of life,

we may know the love of Christ and be thankful:

All  we pray to you, O Lord.

That we may be bound together by your Holy Spirit,

in communion with all your saints,

entrusting one another and all our life to Christ:

All  we pray to you, O Lord.

Let us commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,

to the mercy and protection of God.


God our redeemer,

you have delivered us from the power of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:

grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,

so by his continual presence in us he may raise us

to eternal joy;

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.


The Lord’s Prayer is said

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

All   Our Father, who art in heaven …

May the risen Christ grant us the joys of eternal life.

All   Amen.


Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.

All   Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.



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