April 11, 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)

OPENING PRAISE

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

 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.

PSALM 135
Praise Yahweh!
Praise God’s name; give praise, O servants of God.
You that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise Yahweh, who is good; sing to the Holy One, who is gracious.
For God has chosen Jacob, chosen Israel as divine possession.
For I know that God is great; is above all gods.
Whatever Yahweh pleases is done, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.
It is God who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth;
makes lightnings for the rain and brings out the wind from their storehouses.
. . .
Your name, O Yahweh, endures forever, your renown throughout all ages.
For you will vindicate your people, and have compassion on your servants.
The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak; they have eyes, but they do not see;
they have ears, but they do not hear, and there is no breath in their mouths.
Those who make them and all who trust them shall become like them.
O house of Israel, bless our God!
O house of Aaron, bless our God!
O house of Levi, bless our God!
You that fear God, bless our God!
Blessed be Yahweh from Zion, who resides in Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

 SCRIPTURE READINGS

Isaiah 26:1-15

Mark 12:18-27

TIME FOR SILENT AND/OR SPOKEN REFLECTION

CANTICLE 17: The Song of Simeon (Luke 2:29-32)

Now, O God, you can dismiss your servant in peace, just as you promised;
because my eyes have seen the salvation
which you prepared for all the peoples to see –
a light of revelation to the Gentiles
and the glory of your people Israel.

PRAYERS

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

THE NEW ZEALAND LORD’S PRAYER

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.

COLLECT: Prayer of Reliance (I Arise Today, Brigid of Kildare Abbey, Ireland, c.450-523)

I arise today through a mighty strength: God’s power to guide me, God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to teach me, God’s eyes to watch over me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to give me speech, God’s hand to guard me, God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to shelter me, God’s host to secure me. 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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