Song: You are Salt
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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.
For who is God except the Lord?
And who is a rock besides our God?—
the God who girded me with strength,
and made my way safe.
God made my feet like the feet of a deer,
and set me secure on the heights.
God trains my hands for war,
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You have given me the shield of your salvation,
and your right hand has supported me;
your help has made me great.
You gave me a wide place for my steps under me,
and my feet did not slip.
I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
and did not turn back until they were consumed.
I struck them down, so that they were not able to rise;
they fell under my feet.
For you girded me with strength for the battle;
you made my assailants sink under me.
You made my enemies turn their backs to me,
and those who hated me I destroyed.
They cried for help, but there was no one to save them;
they cried to God, but were not answered.
I beat them fine, like dust before the wind;
I cast them out like the mire of the streets.
You delivered me from strife with the peoples;
you made me head of the nations;
people whom I had not known served me.
As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
foreigners came cringing to me.
Foreigners lost heart,
and came trembling out of their strongholds.
The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation,
the God who gave me vengeance
and subdued peoples under me;
who delivered me from my enemies;
indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries;
you delivered me from the violent.
For this I will extol you, O God, among the nations,
and sing praises to your name.
Great triumphs you give to your king,
and show steadfast love to your anointed,
to David and his descendants for ever.
Gospel Reading: Mark 9:33-49
The word of life.
Thanks be to God.
Reading: “The Summer Day” 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 Equatorial Guinea.
God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Individual prayers may be spoken with the above response given.
“O God, it is Your will to hold both heaven & earth in a single peace. Let the design of Your great love shine on the waste of our wrath & sorrows, & give peace to Your Church, peace among nations, peace in our homes, & peace in our hearts.” (From New Zealand Prayer Book)
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.