May 15, 2017

Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning
for in you I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.

Glory be to the Creator, and to the Christ, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen.

Hymn: Morning has Broken 

Psalm 5

Give ear to my words, O God; give heed to my sighing.
Listen to the sound of my cry, my Sovereign and my God, for to you I pray.
In the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil will not sojourn with you.
The boastful will not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies;
you abhor the bloodthirsty and deceitful.

But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house,
I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.
Lead me, O God, in your righteousness because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouths; their hearts are destruction;
their throats are open graves; they flatter with their tongues.
Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels;
because of their many transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O God;
you cover them with favor as with a shield.

Silence 

Gospel Reading: Mark 3:1-19

The word of life.
Thanks be to God.

Silence

From Martin Luther King Jr.; “Suffering and Faith;” originally published in Christian Century

Due to my involvement in the struggle for the freedom of my people, I have known very few quiet days in the last few years. I have been arrested five times and put in Alabama jails. My home has been bombed twice. A day seldom passes that my family and I are not the recipients of threats of death. I have been the victim of a near-fatal stabbing. . . .

I must admit that at times I have felt that I could no longer bear such a heavy burden, and have been tempted to retreat to a more quiet and serene life. But every time such a temptation appeared, something came to strengthen and sustain my determination. I have learned now that the Master’s burden is light precisely when we take [God’s] yoke upon us.

Prayer

Holy One, we cry out to you: in the morning our prayers come before you.
Along with the worldwide fellowship of churches, we pray this morning for Bangladesh.
God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Individual prayers may be spoken with the above response given.

Lord’s Prayer

Holy One, who calls us and sends us. Be the “something” that comes to strengthen and sustain our determination. Let us know the lightness of your yoke and the joy of serving you. Amen.

I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
may have power together with all the saints
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge,
that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Amen.

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