Morning prayer liturgy adapted from “God Our Mother: An Inclusive Morning Prayer Liturgy” by Christena Cleveland.
We give you thanks, O God, we give you thanks, calling upon your Name and declaring all your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 75:1)
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.
PSALM FOR THE DAY: Psalm 20
The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May God send you help from the sanctuary,
and give you support from Zion.
May the Holy One remember all your offerings,
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices.
May God grant you your heart’s desire,
and fulfill all your plans.
May we shout for joy over your victory,
and in the name of our God set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.
Now I know that God will help the anointed;
and will answer them from holy heaven
with mighty victories by God’s right hand.
Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
They will collapse and fall,
but we shall rise and stand upright.
Give victory to the king, O God;
answer us when we call.
OTHER SCRIPTURE READINGS
TIME FOR SILENT AND/OR SPOKEN REFLECTIONS
CANTICLE: A Song of Pilgrimage (Priusquam errarem Ecclesiasticus 51:13-16,20b-22)
Before I ventured forth,
even while I was very young,
I sought wisdom openly in my prayer.
In the forecourts of the temple I asked for her,
and I will seek her to the end.
From first blossom to early fruit,
she has been the delight of my heart.
My foot has kept firmly to the true path,
diligently from my youth have I pursued her.
I inclined my ear a little and received her;
I found for myself much wisdom and became adept in her.
To the one who gives me wisdom will I give glory,
for I have resolved to live according to her way.
From the beginning I gained courage from her,
therefore I will not be forsaken.
In my inmost being I have been stirred to seek her,
therefore have I gained a good possession.
As my reward the Almighty has given me the gift of language,
and with it will I offer praise to God.
Hear our cry, O God.
And listen to our prayer.
Let us pray.
THE LORD’S PRAYER by Parker Palmer
Heavenly Father, heavenly Mother,
Holy and blessed is your true name.
We pray for your reign of peace to come,
We pray that your good will be done,
Let heaven and earth become one.
Give us this day the bread we need,
Give it to those who have none.
Let forgiveness flow like a river between us,
From each one to each one.
Lead us to holy innocence
Beyond the evil of our days —
Come swiftly Mother, Father, come.
For yours is the power and the glory and the mercy:
Forever your name is All in One.
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.
~Conclude spoken prayer with: God, in your mercy,
~We will respond: Hear our 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.