May 3, 2020

Covid 19 Prayers in May

*For a copy of the Daily Prayers in May booklet, please contact Rev Mel and she will arrange to email you one. It is reproduced below if you wish to read the prayers from this website.


Prayers for May 2020

Morning Prayer is said in this parish at 9am every morning except Sunday, if you would like to say morning prayer from home at the same time the service begins on page 2 of this booklet. You can find the list of readings for each day from page 4 onwards.

Prayers at the End of the Day (also known as Compline) are also said at 8pm each evening and the form for that service, taken and modified from the New Zealand Prayer Book, is also included here.

If you need help to use this form of prayer or to work out the bible readings please get in touch.
If you don
t have a bible handy please let me know.

Rev. Mel.


May the Lord bless us and keep us;
the Lord make his face to shine upon us,
and be gracious to us;
the Lord life up his countenance upon us, and give us peace. Amen (Numbers 6.24-26)

Morning Prayer

Gods love has been poured into our hearts, through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit: as in the beginning so now and forever. Amen.

The canticle, A song of Gods Marvellous Acts

Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you:
you are gentle with us as a mother with her children. You weep over our sins and our pride:
tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement.
You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds:
in sickness you nurse us and with pure milk you feed us. Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us:
in your love and tenderness, remake us.
In your compassion, bring grace and forgiveness:
for the beauty of heaven, may your love prepare us.

The night has passed and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and forever. Amen.

Read the psalm for the day (psalms and bible readings for the day are on page 4 of this booklet)

Creator Spirit, Advocate promised by our Lord Jesus: increase our faith and help us to walk in the light of your presence, to the glory of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Read the bible readings for the day

May your word live in us and bear much fruit to your glory.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen

Take time now to make your own prayers, remembering the world and people you know who are unwell or lonely.
Please also pray for the parish and your special prayer partner.

Fierce Lover of life,
give strength to our arms and our resolve.
Critical is this time for cleaning, swabbing, scrubbing and washing our hands again.
Let us join ourselves to the task
with readiness, steadiness,clarity.
Because we too love life,
our own and our neighbour’s.

Eternal God, by whose power we are created and by whose love we are redeemed: guide and strengthen us by your spirit, that we may give ourselves to your service, and live this day in love to one another and to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord be with us all.
Let us give thanks and praise God.

God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. May we rekindle the gift of God within us. Amen.

Morning Prayer 9am

Bible Readings

Monday May 4 Saints Philip and James

Psalm 27
Job Chapter 23. verses 1-12 Acts Chapter 2. verses 37-47

Tuesday May 5

Psalm 15 Numbers 6.1-8 John 11.17-37

Wednesday May 6 Saint John

Psalm 45 Wisdom 7.3-14 John 1.1-18

Thursday May 7


Psalm 19
Numbers 10.35-11.15 John 11.45-54

Friday May 8 Julian of Norwich

Psalm 20 Numbers 11.16-33 John 11.55-12.8

Saturday May 9


Psalm 22
Numbers Chapter 12 (all verses) John 12.9-19


Monday May 11

Psalm 28 Numbers 13.1-3 John 12.20-33

Tuesday May 12


Psalm 33
Numbers 13.30-14.25 John 12.34-43


Wednesday May 13

Psalm 103 Numbers 14.26-45 John 12.44-50

Thursday May 14 Saint Matthias


Psalm 113 Acts 1.14-17 John 15.9-17

Friday May 15

Psalm 16 Numbers 16.20-40 John 13.12-20

Saturday May 16

Psalm 38
Numbers 16.41-17.12 John 13.21-35

Monday May 18

Psalm 41 Numbers 20.1-21 John 13.36-14.7

Tuesday May 19

Psalm 45
Numbers 20.22-21.9 John 14.18-31

Wednesday May 20

Psalm 48 Numbers 20.10-35 John 15.1-11


Thursday May 21 Ascension Day

Psalm 110 Daniel 7.9-14 John 14.12-29

Friday May 22


Psalm 51 Numbers 22.1-20 John 15.12-25

Saturday May 23


Psalm 54 Numbers 22.21-40 John 15.26-16.11


Monday May 25 Day of prayer for Christian Unity

Psalm 62
Numbers 22.41-23.12 John 16.12-24

Tuesday May 26

Psalm 65 Numbers 23.13-30 John 16.25-17.51

Wednesday May 27

Psalm 68

Numbers 24.1-11 John 17.6-19

Thursday May 28

Start of Reconciliation Week

*there is a special Reconciliation Week prayer at the end of this calendar

Psalm 71 Numbers 24.12-25 John 17.20-26

Friday May 29

Psalm 65 Numbers 27 Acts 1.1-14

Saturday May 30

Psalm 72
Numbers Chapter 36 Acts 1.15-26

Prayer for Reconciliation Week

*God of Holy Dreaming, Great Creator Spirit,
from the dawn of creation you have given your children
the good things of Mother Earth.
You spoke and the gum tree grew.
In the vast desert and dense forest, 
and in cities at the water’s edge, Creation sings your praise.
Your presence endures as the rock at the heart of our Land.
When Jesus hung on the tree you heard the cries of all your people
and became one with your wounded ones:
the convicts, the hunted, the dispossessed.
The sunrise of your Son coloured the earth anew,
and bathed it in glorious hope.
In Jesus we have been reconciled to you,
to each other and to your whole creation.
Lead us on, Great Spirit, as we gather from the four corners of the earth; enable us to walk together in trust from the hurt and shame of the past into the full day which has dawned in Jesus Christ. Amen

Compline; 8pm each evening

The angels of God guard us through the night, and quieten the powers of darkness.
The Spirit of God be our guide
to lead us to peace and to glory.

It is but lost labour that we haste to rise up early,
and so late take rest, and eat the bread of anxiety.
For those beloved of God are given gifts even while they sleep.


our help is in the name of the eternal God, who is making the heavens and the earth.

God, we thank you for all that is good,
for our creation and for our humanity,
for the stewardship you have given us of this planet earth, for the gifts of life and of one another,
for your love which is unbounded and eternal.
O thou, most holy and beloved,
my Companion, my Guide upon the way,
my bright evening star.


Eternal Spirit, flow through our being and open our lips, that our mouths may proclaim your praise.
Let us worship the God of love.
Alleluia, alleluia.


Read one of the following Psalms

Psalm 4, Psalm 16, Psalm 23, Psalm 31, Psalm 65, Psalm 121, Psalm 134

Silence may follow the reading.

You Lord are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name. Leave us not. Jeremiah 14:9

Hail, gladdening Light, of God’s pure glory poured,Who is the immortal Father, heavenly, blest, Holiest of holies, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now we are come to the sun’s hour of rest,

The lights of evening round us shine,

We hymn the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit divine. Worthiest art thou at all times to be sung,
With undefil├Ęd tongue,
Son of our God, Giver of life, alone!

Therefore in all the world thy glories, Lord, they own.


Into your hands, O God, I commend my spirit,
for you have redeemed me, O God of truth and love.

Preserve us, O God, while waking, and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep may rest in your peace.

Song of Simeon Nunc Dimittis

Praise be to God, I have lived to see this day. God’s promise is fulfilled, and my duty done.At last you have given me peace,
for I have seen with my own eyes

the salvation you have prepared for all nations -
a light to the world in its darkness,
and the glory of your people Israel.
Glory be to God, sustaining, redeeming, sanctifying, as in the beginning, so now, and for ever.


Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Pray either The Lords Prayer/Our Father or this:

Eternal Spirit,
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver, Source of all that is and that shall be,

Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe! The way of your justice be followed by the peoples
of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and for ever. Amen.

I will lie down in peace and take my rest, for it is in God alone that I dwell unafraid.

Let us bless the Earth-maker, the Pain-bearer, the Life-giver, let us praise and exalt God above all for ever.

May God’s name be praised beyond the furthest star, glorified and exalted above all for ever.

it is night.
The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.
It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done; let it be.
The night is dark.

Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you.
The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,

all dear to us,
and all who have no peace.
The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys,
new possibilities.
In your name we pray.

Christ be within us to keep us,

beside us to guard, before us to lead, behind us to protect, beneath us to support, above us to bless.

The divine Spirit dwells in us. Thanks be to God.

Prayer Notes:

You may want to write your own prayers or note down some thoughts as you pray or read the scriptures.

If you need any assistance with using this booklet please don’t hesitateto get in touch; it can be daunting if you’ve never used these services or had to find readings in your bible before.

Our Diocesan Prayer

Generous God,
we thank you for the Diocese of Bendigo, the beautiful mountains, hills, plains and native forests that is our environment.

Bless the cities, towns and rural areas, the parishes and congregations
in which we live and serve.

Give us vision, energy and hope to be a Missionary Church.

By the Spirit’s gifts, equip us
to live the Gospel of Christ
and make us eager to do your will,
that we may share the joys of the whole creation.

We make our prayer
through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord.