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The Conversion of Saint Paul

25th January 2018

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The Conversion of Saint Paul

Collect One

Almighty and everlasting God,
Mercifully look upon our infirmities,
and in all our dangers and necessities
stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O God,
who, through the preaching of the blessed apostle Saint Paul,
hast caused the light of the Gospel
to shine throughout the world;
Grant, we beseech thee,
that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance,
may shew forth our thankfulness unto thee for the same,
by following the holy doctrine which he taught;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
Renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty God,
who caused the light of the gospel
to shine throughout the world
through the preaching of your servant Saint Paul:
Grant that we who celebrate his wonderful conversion
may follow him in bearing witness to your truth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading

Jeremiah 1: 4–10

The Psalm

Psalm 67

The Second Reading

Acts 9: 1–22

The Gospel Reading

Matthew 19: 27–30

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Post Communion Prayer

Almighty Father,
your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
May your people,
illumined by your word and sacraments,
shine with the radiance of his glory,
that he may be known, worshipped,
and obeyed to the ends of the earth;
for he is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Gracious God,
you filled your apostle Paul with love for all the churches.
May this sacrament which we have received
foster love and unity among your people.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Suggested Hymns

1st Reading Jeremiah 1: 4–10 [Pr16C]
10* All my hope on God is founded
631* God be in my head
589 Lord, speak to me that I may speak
597* Take my life, and let it be

Psalm Psalm 67 [E6C/Pr15A*]
695* God of mercy, God of grace

2nd Reading Acts 9: 1–22
218* And can it be that I should gain
501 Christ is the world’s true light
460 For all your saints in glory, for all your saints at rest (vv. 1, 2, 3)
581* I, the Lord of sea and sky
94* In the name of Jesus
588* Light of the minds that know him
589 Lord, speak to me that I may speak
195* Lord, the light of your love is shining
594* O Lord of creation, to you be all praise
488* Stand up, stand up for Jesus
597* Take my life, and let it be
605 Will you come and follow me

Alternative Acts 26: 9–21
2nd Reading 218* And can it be that I should gain
501 Christ is the world’s true light
460 For all your saints in glory, for all your saints at rest (vv. 1, 2 & 3)
94* In the name of Jesus
588* Light of the minds that know him
589 Lord, speak to me that I may speak
195* Lord, the light of your love is shining
594* O Lord of creation, to you be all praise
488* Stand up, stand up for Jesus
597* Take my life, and let it be
605 Will you come and follow me

The Gospel Matthew 19: 27–30
147 [Angels from the realms of glory]
97* Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
597* Take my life, and let it be
662* Those who would valour see
(He who would valiant be)

Daily Prayer

Preparation

Versicles and Responses

O Lord, open our lips

All and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

O God, make speed to save us.

All O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

All as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen.

Praise the Lord.

All The Lord’s name be praised.

The Word of God

A Psalm

Psalm 45, 46

Psalm 45, 46

Psalm 45, 46

A Canticle

Which may be said here or between the readings

Urbs Fortitudinis

1 We have a strong city:
salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.

2 Open ye the gates:
that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee
because he trusteth in thee.

4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever:
for our rock of ages is the Lord.

5 The way of the just is uprightness;
thou that art upright dost direct the path of the just.

6 Yea in the way of thy judgments O Lord have we waited for thee;
the desire of our soul is to thy Name,
and to the remembrance of thee.

One or two readings

The Gospel Canticle

Benedictus

1 Blessèd be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.

2 The Lord has raised up for us a mighty saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.

3 Through the holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of those who hate us,

4 to show mercy to our forebears,
and to remember his holy covenant.

5 This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies.

6 Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous before him 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.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning is now and shall be forever. Amen

The Apostles’ Creed

Prayer

Kneel

Let us pray

Lord, have mercy

All Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy

Weekday Intercessions and Thanksgivings

The Resurrection of Christ: The Household of Faith, the Church

Eternal God,
you have raised Jesus Christ from the dead
and exalted him to your right hand in glory;
through him you have called your Church into being,
that your people might know you
and make your name known.

Intercession

We pray for [The Church]
the Church universal, and local ...
the unity of the Church ...
the ministries of the Church ...
the mission of the Church ...
the renewal of the Church ...
all Christians in this place ...

Thanksgiving

Eternal God, we give you thanks
for the apostolic gospel committed to your Church,
the continuing presence and power of your Spirit,
the ministry of Word, Sacrament and Prayer ...
for the mission in which you have called us to share,
the will to unity, and its fruit in common action,
the faithful witness of those who are true to Christ ...
for all works of compassion
and every service that proclaims your love.

Concluding Prayer

In peace and unity
may your people offer the unfailing sacrifice of praise,
and make your glory known;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
Renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative collects

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Going out as God’s people

The Lord be with you

All and also with you.

Let us bless the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.

All Amen

To the King of Ages, immortal, invisible, the only God

be honour and glory for ever and ever.

All Amen

May the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the Holy Spirit

you may abound in hope.

All Amen

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