Song: I will call upon the Lord
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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.
I love you, O God, my strength.
God is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon my God, who is worthy to be praised;
so I shall be saved from my enemies.
The cords of death encompassed me;
the torrents of perdition assailed me;
the cords of Sheol entangled me;
the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called upon the Lord;
to my God I cried for help.
From the temple God heard my voice,
and my cry reached God’s ears.
Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the foundations also of the mountains trembled
and quaked, because God was angry.
Smoke went up from God’s nostrils,
and devouring fire from God’s mouth;
glowing coals flamed forth from God.
God bowed the heavens, and came down;
thick darkness was under God’s feet.
God rode on a cherub, and flew;
and came swiftly upon the wings of the wind.
God made darkness a covering around,
God’s canopy thick clouds dark with water.
Out of the brightness before God
there broke through the clouds
hailstones and coals of fire.
The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
and the Most High uttered the divine voice.
And God sent out arrows, and scattered them;
flashed forth lightnings, and routed them.
Then the channels of the sea were seen,
and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O God,
at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.
Gospel Reading: Mark 9:1-13
The word of life.
Thanks be to God.
Reading: From Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson:
“It has seemed to me sometimes as though the Lord breathes on this poor gray ember of Creation and it turns to radiance—for a moment or a year or the span of a life. And then it sinks back into itself again and no one would know it had anything to do with fire, or light. That is what I said in the Pentecost sermon. I have reflected on that sermon, and there is some truth in it. But the Lord is more constant and far more extravagant than it seems to imply. Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration. You don’t have to bring a thing except a little willingness to see. Only, who could have the courage to see it?”
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 Sao Tome and Principe.
God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Individual prayers may be spoken with the above response given.
God of transfiguration, give us the courage to see your shining extravagance in 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.