May 4, 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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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.

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Jubilate (Psalm 100, The Inclusive Bible translation)

Acclaim YHWH with joy, all the earth! Serve YHWH with gladness!
Enter into God’s presence with a joyful song! Know that YHWH is God!
YHWH made us, and we belong to the Creator;
We are God’s people and the sheep of God’s pasture.
Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving and the courts with praise!
Give thanks for God! Bless God’s Name!
For YHWH is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever,
And God’s faithfulness to all generations.

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SCRIPTURE READINGS AND CANTICLES

PSALM FOR THE DAY: Psalm 98

O sing to God a new song, for God has done marvelous things.
The divine hand and holy arm have achieved victory.
God has made known this victory;
and has revealed vindication in the sight of the nations.
God has remembered steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

Sing praises to God with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the Sovereign, our God.

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who live in it.
Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy

at the presence of God, who is coming to judge the earth.
God will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Isaiah 42:5-9

Acts 10:34-43

TIME FOR SILENT AND/OR SPOKEN REFLECTIONS

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.

PEOPLE OFFER THEIR OWN PRAYERS, SILENTLY OR ALOUD.

~Conclude spoken prayer with: God, in your mercy,
~We will respond: 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.

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