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: Cherokee Morning Song
My God, in you I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me,
or like a lion they will tear me apart;
they will drag me away, with no one to rescue.
My God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands,
if I have repaid my ally with harm or plundered my foe without cause,
then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
trample my life to the ground, and lay my soul in the dust.
Rise up, O God, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
awake, O my God; you have appointed a judgment.
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
and over it take your seat on high.
My God judges the peoples;
judge me, O God, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me.
O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God.
God is my shield,
who saves the upright in heart.
God is a righteous judge,
and a God who has indignation every day.
If one does not repent, God will whet the sword;
God has bent and strung the bow;
and has prepared deadly weapons,
making arrows fiery shafts.
See how they conceive evil,
and are pregnant with mischief, and bring forth lies.
They make a pit, digging it out,
and fall into the hole that they have made.
Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
and on their own heads their violence descends.
I will give to God the thanks due to divine righteousness,
and sing praise to the name of God, the Most High.
Gospel Reading: Mark 4:1-20
The word of life.
Thanks be to God.
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 Nepal.
God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Individual prayers may be spoken with the above response given.
God the Sower, let us truly hear your word. Let us truly see your world. Let our lives be good soil for the growing of your peace and justice and love. 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.