Prayer Walk – Into the Valley

Start & Finish: Tower Road
1.5 miles

Tower Road – footpath to play area – Derwent Rd – circuit around Beaufort Road – Woodlands Trail back to Tower Road

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Opening Prayer

Let us ask the God of creation to send a blessing upon us as we, together experience this walk.
Upon the rich earth send a blessing, O Lord.
Let the earth be fruitful and its resources be hallowed.
We ask this in faith, we ask you to hear us good Lord,
Amen.

Isaiah 40:3-11

A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.

Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’

A voice says, ‘Cry out!’ And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’

All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever. Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah,    ‘Here is your God!’ See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd;    he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.

 

Acclamation for Rogation

God be gracious to us and bless us:
and make his face to shine upon us.
Let the peoples praise you, O God:
God be gracious to us and bless us.
Judge the peoples righteously and govern the nations upon earth.
God be gracious to us and bless us.
Let the earth bring forth her increase:
God be gracious to us and bless us:
and make his face to shine upon us.               cf Psalm 67

Acclamation for Creation

Blessed are you, Lord God, King of the universe.
Your word brings on the dusk of evening.
Your wisdom creates both night and day.
You determine the cycles of time.
You arrange the succession of seasons
and establish the stars in their heavenly courses.
The Lord of hosts is your name.
Living and eternal God, rule over us always.
Blessed be the Lord, whose word makes evening fall.

Acclamation for Harvest

The earth has yielded its harvest;
God, our God, has blessed us.
You visit the earth and water it;
you make it very plenteous.
You soften the ground with showers;
and bless the increase of it.
You crown the year with your goodness;
and your paths overflow with plenty.
The meadows are clothed with sheep;
the valleys stand so thick with corn,
they shout for joy and sing.
The earth has yielded its harvest;
God, our God, has blessed us.                 cf Psalm 65.8,10,11,13; 67.7

Church of England       Derby Diocese       Mercia Deanery