April 4, 2018

This liturgy is taken from Christena Cleveland’s “God our Mother: An Inclusive Morning Prayer Liturgy.”

OPENING SENTENCE
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17, NRSV)

OPENING VERSICLE:
O God, let our mouth proclaim your praise.
And your glory all the day long.

DOXOLOGY
Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Holy One is in our midst
O come let us worship.

PASCHA NOSTRUM (Christ our Passover;1 Corinthians 5:7-8; Romans 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22, The Inclusive Bible translation)

Alleluia.
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed. So let us celebrate the feast – not with old yeast, the yeast of corruption and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will never die again:
death is now powerless over our Savior.
When Christ died, Christ died to sin, once for all,
so that the life Christ lives is now life in God.
In this way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin –
but alive to God in Christ Jesus
Christ has in fact been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through one human being,
in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one human being.
Just as in the first human all die,
so in Christ all will come to life again.

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SCRIPTURE READINGS AND CANTICLES

PSALM FOR THE DAY

Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24

O give thanks to the Holy One, for God is good;
God’s steadfast love endures forever!

Let Israel say,
“God’s steadfast love endures forever.”

The Holy One is my strength and my might;
and has become my salvation.

There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of God does valiantly;
the right hand of God is exalted;
the right hand of God does valiantly.”

I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the Holy One.
God has punished me severely,
but did not give me over to death.

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to God.

This is the gate of the Holy One;
the righteous shall enter through it.

I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.

This is God’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that God has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT, EPISTLE AND/OR GOSPEL READING FOR THE DAY.

Song of Solomon 3:1-11

Mark 16:1-8

CANTICLE

“A Song of Our True Nature” (Julian of Norwich)

Christ revealed our frailty and our falling,
our trespasses and our humiliations.
Christ also revealed his blessed power,
his blessed wisdom and love.
He protects us as tenderly and as sweetly when we are in greatest need;
he raises us in spirit
and turns everything to glory and joy without ending.
God is the ground and the substance, the very essence of nature;
God is the true father and mother of natures.
We are all bound to God by nature, and we are all bound to God by grace.
And this grace is for all the world, because it is our precious mother, Christ.
For this fair nature was prepared by Christ for the honor and nobility of all,
and for the joy and bliss of salvation.

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PRAYERS

Hear our cry, O God.
And listen to our prayer.
Let us pray.

THE LORD’S PRAYER (New Zealand Anglican Prayer Book)

Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be, Father and Mother of us all,

Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.

In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.

From trials too great to endure, spare us. From the grip of all that is evil, free us. For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever.

Amen.

 

EPISCOPAL SUFFRAGE

Help us, O God our Savior;
Deliver us and forgive us our sins.
Look upon your congregation;
Give to your people the blessing of peace.
Declare your glory among the nations;
And your wonders among all peoples.
Do not let the oppressed be shamed and turned away; Never forget the lives of your poor.
Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you; And your favor to those who are true of heart.
Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning;
So shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

COLLECTS

PRAYER FOR RENEWAL (Medical Mission Sisters)
God our Mother, Living Water, River of Mercy, Source of Life, in whom we live and move and have our being, who quenches our thirst, refreshes our weariness, bathes and washes and cleanses our wounds, be for us always a fountain of life, and for all the world a river of hope springing up in the midst of the deserts of despair. Honor and blessing, glory and praise to You forever. Amen.

PRAYER FOR VOCATION (Gertrude of Helfta, Germany 1256- c. 1302)
Lord, in the presence of your love, I ask that you unite my work with your great work, and bring it to fulfilment. Just as a drop of water, poured into a river, becomes one with flowing waters, so may all I do become part of all that you do. So that those with whom I live and work may also be drawn to your love. Amen.

PEOPLE OFFER THEIR OWN PRAYERS, SILENTLY OR ALOUD.

After each prayer, respond: In your mercy . . . God, hear our prayer.

CONCLUDING PRAYER:

Holy and everliving God,
by your power we are created
and by your love we are redeemed;
guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,
that we may give ourselves to your service
and live this day in love to one another and to you; through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Amen.

CONCLUDING SENTENCE:

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine: Glory to God from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.

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