Stages of Worship

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Lord Jesus Christ,
light of the nations and glory of Israel:
make your home among us,
and present us pure and holy
to your heavenly Father,
your God, and our God.
Amen.

Luke 2:22-38
Luke 2:29-32

This Collect is from the story of Jesus being presented in the Temple. This was an important part of the life of a Jewish child. This story is remembered by a famous song called 'Nunc Dimmitis'. Some words from this song are found in this Collect and it uses the picture of Jesus being presented in the temple to help us think about being presented to God in worship. This story marks the end of Epiphany.
(Collect for use on February 2nd)

Almighty God,
give us reverence for all creation
and respect for every person,
that we may mirror your likeness
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Genesis chapter 1
Colossians 1:15-20

 This short collect brings the two values of reverence and respect into the story of creation. The way in which people behave is important if we are to have good relationships with each other and with the fragile world around us. For the Christian the best way to make sure that these relationships work well is for us to follow the example of Christ. (For use between Candlemas and Ash Wednesday)

God of our pilgrimage,
you have led us to the living water:
refresh and sustain us as we go forward on our journey, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

John 4:14

In this prayer we think of our lives as a journey. On this journey we need many things to 'refresh' and 'sustain' us. God gives us 'living water', Jesus talks about this in John's Gospel.

Holy God,
our lives are laid open before you:
rescue us from the chaos of sin
and through the death of your Son
bring us healing and make us whole
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Psalm 51.6-13
Luke 15.11-32
Timothy 6.6-10

A Collect used only on Ash Wednesday - the first day of Lent. The word sin is often used to mean something like 'wrongdoing' or 'bad things'. It is better to think of it as meaning something like 'not doing the best we can', or in more grown up words 'falling short'. Do we always live up to the values that we believe are important? When we do not do the best we can then things get all mixed up and they then become chaos.

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)

True and humble king,
hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you
on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.
Amen.

Matthew 21:1-11
Mark 11: 1-11
Luke 19: 28-40
John 12: 12-19
Zechariah 9:9

This Collect reminds us of the story of Jesus coming into Jerusalem as a popular hero, the Messiah, cheered by the crowd. In this Collect we ask for faith. Here the word is not used just to mean 'belief' but also a way of knowing, loving and enduring. We all try to stay with other people we know and love when they are in trouble. Here we ask to play our parts in the story and be with Jesus as he is taken to the cross.
(Collect from Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday)

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)

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)

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Acts 2:1-12
Eph. 2:8

John 20: 19-23

This Collect recalls the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost when flames appeared on the heads of the disciples after a great wind from heaven had blown through their house. Breath is often used as a way of describing the Spirit of God. Christians believe that through the things God has done, and is doing, the world will be renewed and the kingdom of love and peace will be established.
(Collect for the Day of Pentecost)

Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

John 20 : 11-31
1 John 1:3

This Collect does two important things. Firstly it tells us that Christ is risen from the dead. It does this very simply by using the word 'risen' twice. Secondly it asks for us to become like the disciples and to tell the story of what Jesus said and did - before and after Easter. That is what 'proclaim your risen life' means.
(Collect from Easter Day to Pentecost)

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