Stages of Worship

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Almighty God,
by the prayer and discipline of Lent
may we enter into the mystery of Christ's sufferings,
and by following in his Way
come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Matthew 4:1-11

The word 'discipline' in this Collect is not used to mean 'punishment' but to mean 'following a pattern or example'. The example we are asking to follow is that of Jesus; his life of prayer, teaching and self-sacrifice. The word mystery is a very well known way of describing the wonderful things that Jesus did that are written in the gospels many of which led him to suffer.
(Collect for any time in Lent)

God of love,
passionate and strong,
tender and careful:
watch over us and hold us
all the days of our life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Genesis 28:15
Psalm 121:7

These words make a special picture of a loving parent who is tender and careful. Someone strong and passionate about us, their children. This picture of watching and holding shows us what kind of parent God is.
(Collect for Mothering Sunday, 4th Sunday of Lent)

In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Job 30:26
Psalm 18:28
Matthew 4:16
John 1:5
(Older students might like to read more of Job.)

This prayer asks God to be with us at all times, and through all our feelings whether they are good, bad, happy or sad - whether we are in trouble or joy. See again that we have three things to do; trust, serve and praise.

God, you are everything to us, giving us life, filling us with love, and setting us free from sin that we might live in you.
Accept the work of our hands this day, take our lives, give us your peace and renew us in the service of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

1 Corinthians 16:14

This is an excellent offertory prayer - in which we ask God to accept our work. It would go well in celebration worship where the work of the week is celebrated.

God our Father, 
your Word has come among us in the Holy Child of Bethlehem:may the light of faith illumine our hearts and shine in our words and deeds; through him who is Christ the Lord.
Amen.

Matthew 5:14, 16

A prayer for Christmas which has a lovely theme of light within it. We can see in this prayer that the 'light' of God is seen through the things that we do and say.
Illumine means 'make clear' or 'shine on'.

Eternal God,
in the cross of Jesus
we see the cost of our sin
and the depth of your love:
in humble hope and fear
may we place at his feet
all that we have and all that we are,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Mark Chapter 15

When we sin we do not live up to our values and this can lead to other people suffering. The way that Jesus suffered when he was betrayed by his friends shows just how much harm our sin can do. We need God's love, healing and forgiveness in order for us to start again and try to live up to our Christian values.
(Collect for Good Friday)

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Matthew 28: 1-8

In this Collect there is hope as we see that Christ, the light of the world, brings a 'new day'. The Ash Wednesday Collect mentions sin and this one talks about 'hell'. Just as there are different ways to think about sin there are different ways to think about hell. One of the best ways to think of hell is as being separate from God, separate from the values and love that faith in God brings to us and separate from our friends and loved ones.
(Collect for Easter Day itself)

Son of Mary, Son of God, we have joined the worship of the angels; may we never lose that heavenly vision. Like the shepherds, we have rejoiced at the news of your birth; help us to proclaim that message in word and deed, to your praise and glory.
Amen.

Psalm 148:2
Luke 2:13-15

A Christmas prayer which works well towards the end of an act of worship. The words 'Son of Mary, Son of God' are about Jesus.

God of power,
may the boldness of your Spirit transform us,
may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,
may the gifts of your Spirit equip us to serve and worship you now and always.
Amen.

2 Timothy 1:7

This prayer gives us a way of understanding what Christians believe the Holy Spirit does in our lives. 'Transforming' or 'changing' us, leading us and equipping us with skills and strength to serve God. 'Equipping' is a way of saying 'giving'.

Dear Almighty God, our source of safety,
we thank you for our gracious Queen and her role in our country.
Please can you bless our beautiful Queen and keep her safe and strong for the rest of her life
so that she can continue her glorious reign.
Through Jesus Christ our living friend and king.
Amen.

Micah 5:4 (Queens did not happen very much in the Old Testament)

A Collect for the Queen's 90th birthday. Her actual birthday is April 21st, there are to be national celebrations at the time of her official birthday 10-12 June.

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