Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
4 A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered.
7 We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendour to their children.
17 May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
On this sad and solemn day, we thank you for the life and reign of our gracious Queen, Elizabeth. We are grateful for her Christian faith, witness and service, and for the remarkable impact of her example.
We pray for her family who mourn today – especially for her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren – who have suffered two significant losses in the last eighteen months. Like other families they grieve. But they have to do their grieving before billions of watching eyes. Strengthen them to face the demands of the day (and the days to come). We pray that the service will be full of the power of the Holy Spirit, bringing comfort, peace and joy, and creating faith in Jesus, who is our only true hope in this short life, and for the life to come.
We pray you will anoint our new King Charles, that He may follow you as his mother and grandmother did. May he rule in your wisdom and strength, and we ask that his reign will be a beacon of light for our nation, the commonwealth, and the whole world. Lord, in your mercy, grant that this may be a new day of spiritual renewal in our land.
God save the King.