Prayer for the Day – Saturday 28 November

God the Father,
help us to hear the call of Christ
and to follow in his service,
whose kingdom has no end;
for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, one glory.  Amen.

Isaiah 42.10–17
Sing to the Lord a new song,
   his praise from the end of the earth!
Let the sea roar and all that fills it,
   the coastlands and their inhabitants.
Let the desert and its towns lift up their voice,
   the villages that Kedar inhabits;
let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy,
   let them shout from the tops of the mountains.
Let them give glory to the Lord,
   and declare his praise in the coastlands.
The Lord goes forth like a soldier,
   like a warrior he stirs up his fury;
he cries out, he shouts aloud,
   he shows himself mighty against his foes.
For a long time I have held my peace,
   I have kept still and restrained myself;
now I will cry out like a woman in labour,
   I will gasp and pant.
I will lay waste mountains and hills,
   and dry up all their herbage;
I will turn the rivers into islands,
   and dry up the pools.
I will lead the blind
   by a road they do not know,
by paths they have not known
   I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
   the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I will do,
   and I will not forsake them.
They shall be turned back and utterly put to shame—
   those who trust in carved images,
who say to cast images,
   ‘You are our gods.

Psalm 145
I will exalt you, O God my King,
   and bless your name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless you
   and praise your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and highly to be praised;
   his greatness is beyond all searching out.
One generation shall praise your works to another
   and declare your mighty acts.
They shall speak of the majesty of your glory,
   and I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
They shall speak of the might of your marvellous acts,
   and I will also tell of your greatness.
They shall pour forth the story of your abundant kindness
   and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
   long-suffering and of great goodness.
The Lord is loving to everyone
   and his mercy is over all his creatures.
All your works praise you, O Lord,
   and your faithful servants bless you.
They tell of the glory of your kingdom
   and speak of your mighty power,
To make known to all peoples your mighty acts
   and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;
   your dominion endures throughout all ages.
The Lord is sure in all his words
   and faithful in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all those who fall
   and lifts up all those who are bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,
   and you give them their food in due season.
You open wide your hand
   and fill all things living with plenty.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
   and loving in all his works.
The Lord is near to those who call upon him,
   to all who call upon him faithfully.
He fulfils the desire of those who fear him;
   he hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord watches over those who love him,
   but all the wicked shall he destroy.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord,
   and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.