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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)

Son of Mary, Son of God, we have joined the worship of the angels; may we never lose that heavenly vision. Like the shepherds, we have rejoiced at the news of your birth; help us to proclaim that message in word and deed, to your praise and glory.
Amen.

Psalm 148:2
Luke 2:13-15

A Christmas prayer which works well towards the end of an act of worship. The words 'Son of Mary, Son of God' are about Jesus.

God our Father, 
your Word has come among us in the Holy Child of Bethlehem:may the light of faith illumine our hearts and shine in our words and deeds; through him who is Christ the Lord.
Amen.

Matthew 5:14, 16

A prayer for Christmas which has a lovely theme of light within it. We can see in this prayer that the 'light' of God is seen through the things that we do and say.
Illumine means 'make clear' or 'shine on'.

Almighty God,
by the prayer and discipline of Lent
may we enter into the mystery of Christ's sufferings,
and by following in his Way
come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Matthew 4:1-11

The word 'discipline' in this Collect is not used to mean 'punishment' but to mean 'following a pattern or example'. The example we are asking to follow is that of Jesus; his life of prayer, teaching and self-sacrifice. The word mystery is a very well known way of describing the wonderful things that Jesus did that are written in the gospels many of which led him to suffer.
(Collect for any time in Lent)

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.

Eternal God, we offer our thanks that through our earthly lives you speak of your eternal life. We rejoice in the wonder of creation, the gift of human life and the many blessings that our relationships bring. Renew in us the fruits of your Holy Spirit; that love, joy and peace may abound in our homes, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Galatians 5:22
(King James Bible)

In this prayer there are many ideas about God and the way that Christians understand what the Holy Spirit does for families and relationships.

God, you are everything to us, giving us life, filling us with love, and setting us free from sin that we might live in you.
Accept the work of our hands this day, take our lives, give us your peace and renew us in the service of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

1 Corinthians 16:14

This is an excellent offertory prayer - in which we ask God to accept our work. It would go well in celebration worship where the work of the week is celebrated.

Father of all,
you have given us your Son to be the Saviour of the World.
Welcome us your children into your kingdom to enjoy your presence now and for ever.
Amen.

Matthew Chapter 13

This prayer would work well at Christmas but it is also about God's kingdom which Jesus speaks about in Matthew's Gospel. What does it mean to be children living in this kingdom.

Lord our God, 
on the first day of creation you made the light that scatters the darkness.
Let Christ, the light of lights, hidden from all eternity, shine at last on your people and free us from the darkness of sin.
Fill our lives with joy as we go out to welcome your Son at his coming.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
Amen

Genesis 1:3
Luke 1:46-56 (the Magnificat)

A prayer which helps us to celebrate the gifts of God in creation and in Christ. It is a lovely prayer to use at the end of worship, or at the end of a week. It also fits very well at the time of Harvest and Christmas.

God give us grace to follow his saints in faith and hope and love; and may the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always.
Amen.

Psalms 30:4 (King James Bible)
Ephesians 1:18 (King James Bible)

A very suitable prayer for the time of All Saints/All Souls. This prayer is actually a 'blessing'. If it was spoken by a priest he or she might change the word 'us' to 'you'.

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