‘The New Prophet’
Daily Reflection for Thursday
Listen to the hymn tune below and sing along with the lyrics if you wish to.
Hymn StF 613: God how can we forgive
God, how can we forgive
when bonds of love are torn?
How can we rise and start anew,
our trust reborn?
When human loving fails
and every hope is gone,
your love give strength beyond our own
to face the dawn.
When we have missed the mark,
and tears of anguish flow,
how can you still release our guilt,
the debt we owe?
The ocean depth of grace
surpasses all our needs.
A priest who shares our human pain,
Who dares to throw the stone
to damn another’s sin,
when you, while knowing all our past,
No more we play the judge,
for by your grace we live.
As you, O God, forgive our sin,
may we forgive.
Words by Ruth Duck © 1996 The Pilgrim Press
sung by the choirs and congregation of First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska
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: 76
God the Victor
Reading: John 7:37-52
The Unbelief of the Jewish Authorities
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