August 1, 2017

Song: Open the Eyes 

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.

Psalm 17

Hear a just cause, O God; attend to my cry;
give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit. 
From you let my vindication come;
 let your eyes see the right. 

If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
my mouth does not transgress.
As for what others do, by the word of your lips
 I have avoided the ways of the violent. 
My steps have held fast to your paths;
my feet have not slipped. 

I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
 incline your ear to me, hear my words. 
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
O saviour of those who seek refuge
from their adversaries at your right hand. 

Guard me as the apple of the eye;
 hide me in the shadow of your wings,
from the wicked who despoil me,
my deadly enemies who surround me.
They close their hearts to pity;
with their mouths they speak arrogantly. 
They track me down; now they surround me;
they set their eyes to cast me to the ground. 
They are like a lion eager to tear,
 like a young lion lurking in ambush. 

Rise up, O God, confront them, overthrow them!
By your sword deliver my life from the wicked,
from mortals—by your hand, O Lord—
from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.
May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them;
 may their children have more than enough;
may they leave something over to their little ones. 

As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

Silence

Gospel Reading: Mark 8:22-38

The word of life.
Thanks be to God.

Silence

Reading: From Dorothy Fortenberry (quoted in Los Angeles Review of Books, June 8, and Christian Century)

“Church is a group of broken individuals united only by our brokenness traveling together to ask to be fixed. . . . My family and I don’t go to church to deny the existence of the darkness. We go to look so hard at the light that our eyes water.”

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 the Republic of Congo and Gabon. God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Individual prayers may be spoken with the above response given.

Lord’s Prayer

Holy God of light, we bring our brokenness into the circle of your radiance. Enlighten us. Enfold us. Empower us to share your light with the world. Amen.

Blessing

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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