Daily Reflection for Friday
Listen to the hymn tune below and sing along with the lyrics if you wish to.
Hymn StF 457: Author of Faith, Eternal Word
Author of faith, eternal Word,
whose Spirit breathes the active flame;
faith, like its finisher and Lord,
today as yesterday the same:
To you our humble hearts aspire,
and ask the gift unspeakable;
increase in us the kindled fire,
in us the work of faith fulfil.
By faith we know you strong to save-
save us, O Saviour always near!
All that we hope, by faith we have,
future and past subsisting here.
To those that in your name believe
eternal life with you is given;
then they into their lives receive,
pardon and holiness and heaven.
The things unknown to feeble sense,
unseen by reason’s glimmering ray,
with strong, commanding evidence
their heavenly origin display.
Faith lends its realising light,
the clouds disperse, the shadows fly;
the Invisible appears in sight,
and God is seen by mortal eye.
Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Venite (Psalm 95)
Come, let us sing to the Lord…
The Prayer of the Morning
Blessèd are you, Lord our God…
Psalm of the Day: 65
Praise and Thanksgiving
Reading: John 4:27-42
“My food, is to obey the will of the one who sent me…”
Te Deum Laudamus
A Song of the Church
Prayers of Intercession
Let us offer our prayer
with all God’s people
through Jesus Christ our Lord
who ever lives to pray for us.
We pray for the needs of the world…
We pray for the Church…
We pray for all in trouble or distress…
We pray for all who make a new beginning today…
(Other petitions may follow.)
God of compassion and mercy,
listen to our prayer.
May what we ask in Jesus Christ your Son
be done according to his word, who said,
‘Ask, and you will receive,
Seek, and you will find,
Knock, and the door will be opened to you.’
To you, merciful God,
Through your Son,
In the life-giving Spirit,
Be glory and praise for ever. Amen.
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.
Lord our God…
Prayers and Readings used with permission:
Prayer in the Morning pages 5-14 from The Methodist Worship Book
and pages 37-52 of The Prayer Handbook 2019/2020 ‘Responding to the Gospel’,
both of these publications © Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes. The Methodist Church in Britain