SUPPER (Compline)

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Prayer

Jesus, our friend and Redeemer,
on the first Easter Day you stood among your disciples
as the conqueror of sin and death,
and spoke to them of your peace:
Come to us in your risen power
and make us glad with your presence;
and so breathe your Holy Spirit into our hearts
that we may be strong to serve you,
for the glory of your great name.
Amen.

New Testament Reading - The image of the invisible God

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11We are praying, too, that you will be filled with his mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going no matter what happens — always full of the joy of the Lord, 12and always thankful to the Father who has made us fit to share all the wonderful things that belong to those who live in the Kingdom of light. 13For he has rescued us out of the darkness and gloom of Satan’s kingdom and brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14who bought our freedom with his blood and forgave us all our sins.

15Christ is the exact likeness of the unseen God. He existed before God made anything at all,a and, in fact, 16Christ himself is the Creator who made everything in heaven and earth, the things we can see and the things we can’t; the spirit world with its kings and kingdoms, its rulers and authorities; all were made by Christ for his own use and glory. 17He was before all else began and it is his power that holds everything together. 18He is the Head of the body made up of his people — that is, his Church — which he began; and he is the Leader of all those who arise from the dead,b so that he is first in everything; 19for God wanted all of himself to be in his Son.

20It was through what his Son did that God cleared a path for everything to come to him — all things in heaven and on earth — for Christ’s death on the cross has made peace with God for all by his blood.

. . . . . Colossians 1:11-20
  1. Literally, “He is the firstborn of all creation.”
  2. Literally, “he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.”

Intercession

Pray for 3 people on your heart ending with the prayer below.

To you, O Lord, we lift our eyes;
to you, enthroned in the heavens.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Let our cry come before you, O Lord;
grant us understanding, according to your word.
Christ, have mercy. E te Karaiti, kia aroha mai.
Let your merciful goodness come to us, O Lord;
and your salvation, according to your promise.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Satisfy those who thirst,
and fill the hungry with good things.
Christ, have mercy. E te Karaiti, kia aroha mai.
Your kingship has dominion over all,
and with you is our redemption.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Amen.