O God, 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.
Fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God.’
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;
there is no one who does good.
God looks down from heaven on humankind
to see if there are any who are wise,
who seek after God.
They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;
there is no one who does good,
no, not one.
Have they no knowledge,
all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and do not call upon God?
There they shall be in great terror,
for God is with the company of the righteous.
You would confound the plans of the poor,
but God is their refuge.
O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!
When God restores the fortunes of the people,
Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.
Gospel Reading: Mark 7:1-23
The word of life.
Thanks be to God.
Reading: “A Dream of Trees” by Mary Oliver
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 Malawi.
God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Individual prayers may be spoken with the above response given.
Holy One, let us bend our hearts; let us be involved; let us make music that is your goodness and light pouring out of us and into this world. 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.