Since listening to the reading of Scripture and its exposition in preaching is such an important part of our gathering, we need to pray for God to give us attention, understanding, and the ability to obey. The following prayers could provide a helpful introduction to this part of the service. The prayer at 7.5 could also be used as a prayer of dedication at the end of a service or after the ministry of the word.

7.1 Gracious Lord, you have caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, encouraged and supported by your holy Word, we may embrace and always hold fast the joyful hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

An Australian Prayer Book (modified)

7.2

Thank you Father for making yourself known to us, showing us the way of salvation through faith in your Son. We ask you now to teach us through your word, so that we may be ready to serve you, for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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7.3 We thank you heavenly Father, for inspiring all Scripture by the Holy Spirit. Help us by your Spirit so to hear your holy word that we may be equipped for every good work, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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7.4 Heavenly Father, give us faith to receive your word, understanding to know what it means, and the will to put it into practice; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

An Australian Prayer Book

7.5

Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your holy word. May it be a lantern to our feet, a light to our paths, and strength to our lives. Take us and use us to love and serve all people in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

An Australian Prayer Book

7.6 Lord make your word our rule, your Spirit our teacher, and your glory our supreme concern, for the sake of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

A church service needs to have a definite conclusion, perhaps highlighting the implications of what has been taught and experienced, and praying for faithfulness in the week that lies ahead. Many New Testament letters end with some form of praise to God and commendation of believers to the care and guidance of God. These and other forms of blessing can provide a satisfying indication that the gathering has ended, even though the fellowship and ministry of believers continues informally in various ways.

12.1

Loving God, we thank you for hearing our prayers,
feeding us with your word,
and encouraging us in our meeting together.
Take us and use us
to love and serve you, and all people,
in the power of your Spirit
and in the name of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer Book for Australia

12.2

Eternal God and Father,
by whose power we are created and by whose love we are redeemed:
guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves to your service,
and live this day in love to one another and to you;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

An Australian Prayer Book

12.3

Lord Jesus Christ,
send us out with confidence in your word,
to tell the world of your saving acts,
and bring glory to your name. Amen.

A Prayer Book for Australia

12.4

Almighty God,
you have given us grace to bring our prayers to you,
and you promise that when two or three agree together in your name
you will grant their requests.
Fulfil now, Lord, our desires and prayers,
as may be best for us.
Grant us in this world knowledge of your truth,
and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

Chrysostom's Prayer (modified), based on Matthew 18:19-20

12.5

Lord God,
we rejoice in your greatness and power,
your gentleness and love,
your mercy and justice.
Enable us by your Spirit
to honour you in our thoughts,
and words and actions,
and to serve you in every aspect of our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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12.6

For your goodness and generosity
in giving us all we need,
help us to praise you O God.
In every circumstance of life,
in good times and bad,
help us to trust you, O God.
In love and faithfulness,
with all that we have and all that we are,
help us to serve you, O God.
As we speak or write or listen
to those nearby or far away,
help us to share your love, O God.
In our plans and work
for ourselves and for others,
help us to glorify you, O God.
In every thought and word and deed,
by the power of your Holy Spirit,
this week, may we live for you, O God.

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12.7

To God the Father, who loved us,
and made us accepted in the Beloved:
to God the Son who loved us,
and loosed us from our sins by his own blood:
to God the Holy Spirit,
who spreads the love of God abroad in our hearts:
to the one true God be all love and all glory
for time and for eternity. Amen.

Cf. Ephesians 1:3-10; Romans 5:5

12.8

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face towards you
and give you peace;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Cf. Numbers 6:24-26

12.9

The love of the Lord Jesus
draw you to himself;
the power of the Lord Jesus
strengthen you in his service;
the joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

12.10

Go forth into the world in peace;
be of good courage;
hold fast that which is good;
render to no one evil for evil;
strengthen the fainthearted;
support the weak;
help the afflicted;
honour everyone;
love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.

Cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:13-22

12.11

Now to the King eternal,
immortal, invisible,
the only God,
be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:17

12.12

To him who loves us
and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
and has made us to be a kingdom
and priests to serve his God and Father,
to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

Cf. Revelation 1:5b-6

12.13 Other suitable biblical texts to use as concluding forms of praise or prayers for God's blessing include: 

Rom 15 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

2Cor 13 14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Gal 6 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

Eph 3 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Eph 6 24 Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.

Phil 4 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1Thess 5 23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

2Thess 3 16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

2Tim 4 22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.

Heb 13 20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

2Pet 3 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

2.14 Go in peace to love and serve the Lord,
in the name of Christ. Amen.

The Bible suggests many topics for intercessory prayer, some of which are rarely heard in our churches. Scripture and Christian experience also suggest that different patterns of prayer can be helpful for involving people and edifying the church. In addition to those listed here, other patterns for intercession may be found in An Australian Prayer Book, pp. 91-102, A Prayer Book for Australia, pp. 184-87, and New Patterns for Worship, pp. 185-218. It is easier to concentrate on prayers that are not too long and invite a congregational response on a regular basis. Spontaneous or extempore prayer can be broken up by responses such as these, signalling a change of topic:

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

or

Lord hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

or

Father, hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

or

God of grace,
hear our prayer.

10.1

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ has promised that you will hear us when we ask in faith: receive the prayers we offer.

We give thanks for... We pray for...
Christians in other countries, especially where there is suffering, danger and persecution; those sent out as missionaries (especially...); Christians in our country; the Anglican Church of Australia; this diocese; N our archbishop and N our regional bishop; this parish; N our minister(s)...

Strengthen your people for their witness and work in the world. Fill your ministers with your Spirit, that they may faithfully preach the gospel and administer your holy sacraments. Unite in the truth all who confess your name, that we may live together in love and proclaim your glory in all the world.
Father, hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We give thanks for... We pray for...
the peoples of the world and their leaders; countries in crisis; the Queen of Australia, leaders of Federal, State and local government; the police and those who administer our laws; all who have responsibility; all men and women in their daily work.

Give wisdom to those in authority in every land, and give to all peoples a desire for righteousness and peace, with the will to work together in trust, to seek the common good and to share with justice the resources of the earth,.
Father, hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We give thanks for... We pray for...our community:
one another; our local community; those caring for people in need; those who teach Scripture in our schools; people known to us (especially...)...

We commend to your keeping, Father, ourselves and each other, our families, our neighbours, and our friends. Enable us by your Spirit to live in love for you and for one another.
Father, hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We give thanks for... We pray for... those in need:
those who suffer; the sick; the poor; the distressed; the lonely; the unloved; the persecuted; the unemployed; those who grieve; and those who care for them...

Comfort and heal, merciful Lord, all who are in sorrow, need, sickness, or any other trouble. Give them a firm trust in your goodness; help those who minister to them; and bring us all into the joy of your salvation.
Father, hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We give thanks for the life and witness of...
We praise you, Lord God, for your faithful servants in every age, and ask that we may share with them Christ's resurrection glory, through his death and rising again for our salvation.

Hear us, Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

or
Accept our prayers through Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray
Our Father...

An Australian Prayer Book, as modified in Sunday Services

10.2

Gracious Father,
your Son Jesus Christ has promised that you will hear us when we ask in faith:
receive the prayers we offer.

We give thanks for... We pray for... the nations:
Guide with your wisdom and power the leaders of the nations, so that everyone may live in peace and mutual trust, sharing with justice the resources of the earth. Give the people of this land a spirit of unselfishness, compassion, and fairness in public and private life.
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We give thanks for... We pray for...the Church:
Send out the light and truth of your gospel and bring people everywhere to know and love you. Enable those who minister among us to commend your truth by their example and teaching. May we gladly receive and obey your word.
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We give thanks for... We pray for...those in need:
We commend to your fatherly care, merciful God, all who are in sorrow, sickness, discouragement or any other trouble. Give them patience and a firm trust in your goodness. Help those who care for them, and bring us all into the joy of your salvation.
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

We give thanks for the life and work of...
We praise you for all your servants whose lives have honoured Christ. Encourage us by their example, so that we may run with perseverance the race that lies before us, and share with them the fullness of joy in your kingdom.

Hear us, Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

A Prayer Book for Australia (modified).

10.3

God of everlasting love,
you generously provide all things for us.
We pray for people everywhere:
make your way known to them,
your saving power among all nations
(especially we pray for...).

We pray for the welfare of your church here on earth:
guide and govern it by your good Spirit,
so that all who call themselves Christians
may be led in the way of truth,
and hold the faith in unity of spirit,
in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life
(especially we pray for...).

We commend to your fatherly goodness
all who are afflicted or distressed
in body, mind or circumstances
(especially we pray for...).

Relieve them according to their needs,
give them patience in their sufferings,
and deliver them from all their afflictions.
All this we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

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10.4

Almighty God,
we praise you for your creation,
and all you richly provide.
Enable us to live in such a way
that your majesty and mercy
are seen by all.
Father hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All governments rule under your authority.
May they work for the good of those they rule,
seeking your justice and peace in every law and action.
Father hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Enable those who are engaged in industry and commerce,
the media and education, sport and the arts,
to fulfil their responsibilities with integrity and an attitude of service.
Father hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Comfort and strengthen those who are gripped by poverty,
weakened by illness, or oppressed by cruelty.
May they know your love and experience your care.
Father hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Inspire your church here on earth to proclaim the gospel of your love
in the death and resurrection of your Son.
May all people hear the call to trust you.
Father hear our prayer,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Help your people to display your compassion to all those in need.
May the poor and the lost of this world find in you
their true wealth and sure destiny.
Refresh and equip us, O God,
to be your faithful and obedient people,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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We often forget to give thanks to God, either for specific answers to prayer, or for his mercies in creation, family and social life, or for the progress of the gospel. As with petition, we have much to learn from the Bible and the example of other Christians. Thanksgivings 11.1, 11.2 and 11.3 can be said together or by the leader alone; 11.4 is best said by the leader alone; 11.5 is in a responsive form.

11.1

Almighty God and merciful Father,
we give you humble and hearty thanks
for all your goodness and loving kindness
to us and to all people.
We praise you for creating and sustaining us
and for all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your amazing love
in redeeming the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,
giving us grace and the hope of glory.
Give us such a sense of all you goodness,
that we may be truly thankful, and may praise you
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by serving you in holy and righteous ways;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

An Australian Prayer Book (modified)

11.2

Gracious God, our heavenly Father,
we humbly thank you
for all your gifts so freely given:
for life and health and safety,
for work and rest and friendship,
and for the wonder of creation.
We thank you for preserving throughout history
a people for yourself.
Above all, we praise you for our Saviour Jesus Christ,
for his death and resurrection,
for your life-giving Spirit,
and the hope of sharing in your glory.
Fill our hearts with all joy and peace in believing;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

An Australian Prayer Book (modified)

11.3

Almighty God, creator and redeemer,
we praise you for the beauty of the world around us,
and for every gift we enjoy.
Thank you for creating us
to know you, to love you and to obey you.
Most of all we praise you
for your amazing love
in sending your Son,
to restore your world,
by dying for us
and rising to give us new life.
Accept our praise and thanksgiving,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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11.4

Lord, you made all things,
and you made us in your image
to enjoy and govern them.
We thank you
for your work of creation,
for the beauty we enjoy,
for human skill and artistry.
We thank you
for community, friendship and love,
for family and marriage,
for the privilege of parenthood.
Above all we thank you
for Jesus, your Son,
through whom you created all things,
and by whom you sustain them.
We thank you
that he became one of us and died
to reconcile all creation to you,
in heaven and on earth,
and to call us into peace with you. Amen.

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11.5

Gracious and generous God,
thank you for providing all our needs.
Make us truly grateful, Lord.
For families and friends,
we give you thanks.
For enjoyment of all that is good,
we give you thanks.
For the love of Jesus our Saviour,
we give you thanks.
For his life poured out in sacrifice for us,
we give you thanks.

Other thanksgivings may be added here.

Lord, keep us mindful of those in need,
that as we pray for them,
we may be generous to them,
as you are to us.
We ask this in the name of Jesus,
who alone gives us life eternal. Amen.

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Creeds are normally used in response to the reading of Scripture or its exposition in a sermon. As well as uniting us in the expression of revealed truths, traditional creeds and other affirmations of faith are forms of praise to God, because they acknowledge the character and mighty acts of God as Trinity.

 

9.1 I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ,
God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Apostles' Creed

9.2

Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
We believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son?
We believe in Jesus Christ,
God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven.
and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
from there he will come again to
judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy, catholic Church,
the fellowship of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life eternal. Amen.

A responsive version of The Apostles' Creed

9.3

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
of one being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge
the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Nicene Creed

9.4

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,

begotten not made,
of one being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge
the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

A responsive version of The Nicene Creed

9.5

We believe in one God
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
He is the true and living God,
worthy to receive glory and honour and power.
He created all things,
by his will they existed and were created.
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ;
all things came into being through him.
He is the image of the invisible God
the firstborn of all creation.
In him all things in heaven and on earth were created.
He himself is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.

Being in the form of God, he emptied himself,
he took the form of a slave, and was born in human likeness.
Being found in human form, he humbled himself
he became obedient to the point of death - even death on a cross.
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures;
he was buried; he was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures.
God also highly exalted Jesus:
he gave him the name that is above every name.
God has put all things under his feet:
he made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body.
We believe that Jesus died and rose again:
through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died.
As all die in Adam,
so all will be made alive in Christ.
Thanks be to God
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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9.6

Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him all things in heaven and on earth were created:
things visible and invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers;
all things have been created through him and for him.
He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead,
so that he might come to have first place in everything.
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things,
whether on earth or in heaven,
by making peace through the blood of his cross.

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9.7

With all Christians everywhere,
we believe in one God,
who made everything.
The Father sent his Son Jesus
to die on the cross.
Jesus rose again as Lord of all,
that we might live forever with him.
God sent his Holy Spirit to live in us,
that we might grow more like Jesus. Amen
.

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9.8

We believe in God the Father,
maker of all things.
We believe in his Son Jesus Christ,
Lord and Saviour of the world.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
giver of life and light.
We belong to the Church,
God's family everywhere. Amen.

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9.9

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in him.
This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen
.

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