Bootle, Corney, Whicham & Whitbeck
 Morning Prayer at Home
 
Preparation

 You may wish to light a candle and have some reflective music playing in the background.

 The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. God is close to those who trust in him.

Nahum 1.7

 Opening Sentences

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Pause for reflection as you offer the day to God.

 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 forever. Amen.

Psalmody

 You may wish to say Psalm 23 or another psalm here, such as Psalm 16 or Psalm 139.

Psalm 23

 1   The Lord is my shepherd: therefore can I lack nothing.
2   He makes me lie down in green pastures: and leads me beside still waters.
3   He shall refresh my soul: and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4   Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5   You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil and my cup shall be full.
6   Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

        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.

 The Word of God

Sunday 22 March: John 19.25-27

Sunday 29 March: John 12.20-33

Sunday 5 April: Mark 11.1-11

Prayers

Intercessions, a Collect and the Lord's Prayer are offered.

       Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:

For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

For those who are guiding our nation at this time,
and shaping national policies,
that they may make wise decisions:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:
  Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory
for ever and ever.

Amen

The Blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and keep us in eternal life.

Amen.