April 6, 2018

Morning prayer liturgy adapted from “God Our Mother: An Inclusive Morning Prayer Liturgy” by Christena Cleveland.

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

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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.

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Venite (Psalm 95:1-7, The Inclusive Bible translation)

Come, let us sing joyfully to God!
Raise a shout to our rock, our deliverance!
Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving, And sing our praises with joy.

For YHWH is a great God,
The great Ruler, above all gods.
O God, in your hands are the depths of the earth, And the mountain peaks are yours.
Yours is the sea, for you made it,
The dry land as well, for your hands formed it.

Come, let us bow down in worship; Let us kneel before YHWH, our Maker.

For you are our God, And we are the people you shepherd, The flock under your care.

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SCRIPTURE READINGS AND CANTICLES

PSALM 133

How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.

 It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there God ordained divine blessing,
life forevermore.

 

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

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Daniel 1:1-21

Acts 2:42-47

Silent and/or Spoken Reflections

Canticle 15
Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55, The Inclusive Bible translation)

My soul proclaims your greatness, O God,
and my spirit rejoices in you, my Savior.
For you have looked with favor
upon your lowly servant,
and from this day forward
all generations will call me blessed.

For you, the Almighty, have done great things for me, and holy is your Name.
Your mercy reaches from age to age
for those who fear you.

You have shown strength with your arm;
you have scattered the proud in their conceit; you have deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places.

You have filled the hungry with good things, while you have sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the aid of Israel your servant, mindful of your mercy –
the promise you made to our ancestors –
to Sarah and Abraham
and their descendants forever.


PRAYERS

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

THE LORD’S PRAYER–A Feminist Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Mother, who are in the world and surpass the world,
Blessed be your presence,
in us, in animals and flowers, in still air and wind.
May justice and peace dwell among us, as you come to us.
Your will be our will;
You will that we be sisters and brothers, as bread is bread, water is itself,
For our hunger, for quenching of thirst.
Forgive us.
We walk crookedly in the world,
are perverse, and fail of our promise. But we would be human,
if only you consent to stir up our hearts. Amen.

 

SUFFRAGE: 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; R. Never forget the lives of your poor.
Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you; R. 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.

COLLECT: Prayer for Beauty (Changing Woman, Navajo)
Watch over us, your hand before us, protect us, heal us, make us well. As you speak to us, we speak to you: May it be beautiful before us, may it be beautiful behind us, may it be beautiful below us, may it be beautiful above us, may it be beautiful everywhere. Restore us in beauty. Restore us in beauty. Amen.

PEOPLE OFFER THEIR OWN PRAYERS, SILENTLY OR ALOUD.

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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