1 Introduction Formal Prayers and Creeds 5pm Community Church Northmead Anglican Churches This file is a collection of the formal prayers and creeds which Northmead Anglican Churches are authorised to use during our 5pm gatherings. Abbreviations BCP Book of Common Prayer (1662) AAPB An Australian Prayer Book (1978) PPP Prayer, Praise, Proclamation Archbishop s Sunday Services (2001) Online and Downloads The following traditional liturgies are available online: BCP AAPB https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/book-of-commonprayer.aspx Archbishop s Sunday Services The Sydney Anglican website for creating Sunday services: Summary of Authorised Creeds and Prayers Creeds from Scripture 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Philippians 5:2-11 Colossians 1: Timothy 3:16 Historic Creeds Apostles Creed Nicene Creed Historic Prayers Lord s Prayer Collects (Book of Common Prayer and An Australian Prayer Book) Prayers of Confession Prayers of Thanksgiving Concluding Prayers Other Specific Prayers Prayers for Specific People Vision Prayer
2 Creeds from Scripture It is permissible to read any passages from Scripture (using Holman translation). Please let the person creating the PowerPoint slides know the passage, so they have time to create the slide. The Psalms are particularly useful to include during our services and they allow a very broad way for the congregation to read them as a creedal or thematic statement. The following passages particularly highlight what we believe about Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:1-9 I want to clarify for you the gospel I proclaimed to you; you received it and have taken your stand on it. You are also saved by it, if you hold to the message I proclaimed to you, unless you believed for no purpose. For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Peter, then to the Twelve. Then He appeared to over 500 brothers at one time; most of them are still alive, but some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one abnormally born, He also appeared to me. Amen. Philippians 5:6-11 Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave Taking on the likeness of men. And when he had come as a man in His external form. He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death even to death on a cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, So that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Colossians 1:15-20 Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and invisible, whether thrones or
3 dominions or rulers or authorities All things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross whether things on earth or things in heaven. 1 Timothy 3:16 Jesus was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory. Hebrews 1:1-2 Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him. Historic Creeds Apostles Creed I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. Nicene Creed We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
4 We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of Sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. The Creed of Athanasius Whosoever will be saved: before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholick Faith. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled: without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. and the Catholick Faith is this: that we worship one God in trinity, and trinity in unity; neither confounding the persons: nor dividing the substance. For there is one person of the Father, another of the son: and another of the Holy Ghost. but the Godhead of the Father, of the son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one: the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal. such as the Father is, such is the son: and such is the Holy Ghost. the Father uncreate, the son uncreate: and the Holy Ghost uncreate. the Father incomprehensible, the son incomprehensible: and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible. the Father eternal, the son eternal: and the Holy Ghost eternal. and yet they are not three eternals: but one eternal. as also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated: but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible. so likewise the Father is almighty, the son almighty: and the Holy Ghost almighty. and yet they are not three almighties: but one almighty. so the Father is God, the son is God: and the Holy Ghost is God. and yet they are not three Gods: but one God. so likewise the Father is lord, the son lord: and the Holy Ghost lord. and yet not three lords: but one lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity: to acknowledge every person by himself to be God and lord; so are we forbidden by the Catholick religion: to say, there be three Gods, or three lords. the Father is made of none: neither created, nor begotten.
5 the son is of the Father alone: not made, nor created, but begotten. the Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding. so there is one Father, not three Fathers; one son, not three sons: one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. and in this trinity none is afore, or after other: none is greater, or less than another; but the whole three persons are co-eternal together: and co-equal. so that in all things, as is aforesaid: the unity in trinity, and the trinity in unity is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved: must thus think of the trinity. Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation: that he also believe rightly the incarnation of our lord Jesus Christ. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess: that our lord Jesus Christ, the son of God, is God and Man; God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds: and Man, of the substance of his Mother, born in the world; Perfect God, and perfect Man: of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting; equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead: and inferior to the Father, as touching his Manhood. Who although he be God and Man: yet he is not two, but one Christ; One; not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh: but by taking of the Manhood into God; one altogether; not by confusion of substance: but by unity of person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man: so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation: descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God almighty: from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. at whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies: and shall give account for their own works. and they that have done good shall go into life everlasting: and they that have done evil into everlasting fire. this is the Catholick Faith: which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved. Historic Prayers Lord s Prayer (AAPB) Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
6 For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen. Lord s Prayer (LP1) Our Father in heaven, Your name be honoured as holy. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven... Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors... And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen Collects (Book of Common Prayer and An Australian Prayer Book) The Collects were prayers which collect together the theme of the readings and the theme of a particular church calendar day. They are good examples of biblical prayers which we use to pray during our gatherings. See AAPB, pg Prayers of Confession Prayer of Confession (PPP1) Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have gone our own way, not loving you as we ought, nor loving our neighbour as ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word and deed and in what we have failed to do. We deserve your condemnation. Father, forgive us. Help us to love you and our neighbour, and to live for your honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Prayer of Confession (PPP2) Heavenly Father, we praise you for adopting us as your children and making us heirs of eternal life. In your mercy you have washed us from our sins and made us clean in your sight. Yet we still fail to love you as we should and serve you as we ought. Forgive us our sins and cleanse us by your grace, that we may continue as members of Christ, in whom alone is our salvation. Amen.
7 Prayer of Confession (PPP3) Heavenly Father, you have loved us with an everlasting love, but we have gone our own way and broken your laws. We are sorry for our sins and turn away from them. For the sake of your Son who died for us, forgive us, cleanse us and change us. By your Holy Spirit, enable us to live for you, and to please you more and more; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Prayer of Confession (C1) Heavenly Father, Thank you for your great love, Your salvation and your right judgement. Forgive us for turning away from you and Help us to turn towards you, Living the kind of life you want us to live, Serving you and other people. Amen. Prayer of Confession (C2) Heavenly Father, Forgive us for ignoring you and rebelling against you. We are sorry that we sometimes put other things in first place in our lives. Please forgive us and change us, Help us to live in ways that please you. Amen. Prayer of Confession (C3) We thank you Father for your everlasting love and that you have adopted us as your children. We thank you that you enable us o do all the good works you prepared for us to do. Yet we know that we still ignore you and reject your will for our lives. We are sometimes stubborn and rebellious, while you remain merciful and kind. Please forgive us, cleanse us and change us, for the sake of your son who died for us. By your Spirit, help us to live for you and to please you in everyway. Amen. Prayer of Confession (C4) Heavenly Father, you have loved us with an everlasting love. But we have turned against you, ignoring you and rejecting your will for our lives. We have been stubborn and rebellious, but you are merciful and kind.
8 For the sake of your Son who died for us, forgive us, cleanse us and change us. By your Holy Spirit, enable us to live for you and to please you in every way; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Prayer of Confession (C5) Father forgive us for failing to see you as you really are, the great God and sovereign of this universe. Forgive us for wanting to live life our way rather than yours. Thank you for rescuing us from your anger by sending Jesus. Help us to please you and live for you in all we do. Amen. Prayer of Confession (AAPB 1 st Form) Almighty and most merciful Father, we have strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have left undone what we ought to have done, and we have done what we ought not to have done. We have followed our own ways and the desires of our own hearts. We have broken your holy laws. Yet, good Lord, have mercy on us; restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to mankind in Jesus Christ our Lord. And grant, merciful Father, for his sake, that we may live a godly and obedient life, to the glory of your holy name. Amen. Prayer of Confession (AAPB 2 nd Form) Most merciful God, we humbly admit that we need your help. We confess that we have wandered from your way: we have done wrong, and we have failed to do what is right. You alone can save us. Have mercy on us: wipe out our sins and teach us to forgive others. Bring forth in us the fruit of the Spirit that we may live as disciples of Christ. This we ask in the name of Jesus our Saviour. Amen. Prayers of Thanksgiving Thanksgiving (T1) We praise you Lord for your greatness, We praise you for your creation. Thank you for the life and joy you give us. Thank you for giving us all we need. Thank you especially for Jesus who died for us, for your Spirit who is with us, and for life with you in heaven.
9 Help us to rejoice together today because of all you have done. Amen. Thanksgiving Prayer (T2) We thank you Lord that you are King over all the earth. We thank you that you are right and just in all you do. We thank you that you are good and do only what is good. Thank you for sending Jesus as our Saviour. Amen. Thanksgiving Prayer (T3) Gracious God, we humbly thank you for life and health and safety, for power to work, leisure to rest, and for all that is beautiful in creation and human life. But, above all, we praise you for our Saviour, Jesus Christ, for his death and resurrection, for the gift of your Spirit, and for the hope of sharing in your glory. Fill our hearts with all joy and peace in believing; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Thanksgiving Prayer (T4) Thank you Lord that you are the God of all the nations. We praise you because you are great and holy. Thank you that you answer our prayers. Amen. Thanksgiving Prayer (T5) Father, we thank you that you have made us and that we are your people. Thank you for your love and faithfulness, which last forever. Thank you for your Spirit and life in heaven with you. Thank you especially for Jesus who died and rose again That we might have a new relationship with you. Amen. Thanksgiving Prayer (PPP2) Gracious God, our heavenly Father, we humbly thank you for all your gifts so freely given: for life and health and safety, for work and rest and friendship, and for the wonder of creation. Above all, we praise you for our Saviour, Jesus Christ, for his death and resurrection, for your life-giving Spirit and the hope of sharing in your glory. Fill our hearts with all joy and peace in believing; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Thanksgiving Prayer (AAPB 1 st Form I)
10 Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give humble and hearty thanks for all your goodness and loving kindness to us and to all men; we bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your amazing love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace; and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us that due sense of all your mercies, that our hearts may be truly thankful and that we may declare your praise not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen. Thanksgiving Prayer (AAPB 1 st Form II) Most merciful Father, we humbly thank you for all your gifts so freely bestowed on us. For life and health and safety, for power to work and leisure to rest, and for all that is beautiful in creation and in the lives of men, we praise and glorify your holy name. But, above all, we thank you for your spiritual mercies in Christ Jesus our Lord, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. Fill our hearts with all joy and peace in believing; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Concluding Prayers Final prayer (F1) Father, teach us your ways. Help us to walk in your paths and enable us to tell others of the salvation you bring Amen. Final Prayer (F2) For you, O Lord, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. Help us to treat you as you deserve, in all we do this week. Amen. Final Prayer (F3) Exalt the Lord our God, for he is holy. Father, help us to worship you in all that we do. Amen. Final Prayer (F4) Father, help us to be more like Jesus. Help us to serve you faithfully and to serve one another thoughtfully. Amen.
11 Final Prayer (F5) Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Help us always to stand firm and give ourselves fully to the Lord s work. Amen. Final Prayer (PPP2) Father, take us and use us to love and serve you and all people, in the power of your Spirit and in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Final Prayer (The Grace) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. Other Specific Prayers Vision Prayer We thank and praise you, heavenly Father, for your son Jesus Christ who by his death and resurrection has become our Saviour and our King. Teach us, we pray, to love you above everything else. Grow us and equip us for the sake of Christ t o passionately serve one another and to go into the world and proclaim your good news. As we long for Christ s return, help us to gather as your community together and give our lives to you and each other in Christ-like love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Prayer for the People of Sydney Heavenly Father, with thankful hearts we praise you for your love for all people and your gift of life eternal. Help us to share this love with others. By your Spirit prepare the hearts of those with whom we share your word and in your mercy enable them
12 to put their trust in you. As we connect with them, may they connect with you, and find the peace that passes understanding. We ask this through Jesus, your Son and our Lord. Amen.