June 6, 2018

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

OPENING SENTENCE

We give you thanks, O God, we give you thanks, calling upon your Name and declaring all your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 75:1)

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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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SCRIPTURE READINGS AND CANTICLES

PSALM 99

The Lord is sovereign; let the peoples tremble!
God sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The Lord is great in Zion,
and exalted over all the peoples.

Let them praise your great and awesome name.
Holy is our God!
Mighty Ruler, lover of justice,
you have established equity;
you have executed justice
and righteousness in Jacob.

Extol the Lord our God;
worship at God’s footstool.
Holy is our God!
Moses and Aaron were among Yahweh’s priests,
Samuel also was among those who called on the divine name.

They cried to the Lord, and were answered.
God spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
they kept the divine decrees,
and the statutes that they were given.
O Lord our God, you answered them;
    you were a forgiving God to them,
but an avenger of their wrongdoings.

Extol the Lord our God,
and worship at the holy mountain;
for the Lord our God is holy.

OTHER SCRIPTURE READINGS

1 Samuel 2:22-36
John 5:1-18

TIME FOR SILENT AND/OR SPOKEN REFLECTIONS

CANTICLE: A Song of God’s Love (1 John 4:7-11; The Inclusive Bible translation) 

Beloved, let us love one another
because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten of God
and has knowledge of God.

Those who do not love have known nothing of God,
for God is love.
God’s love was revealed in our midst in this way:
by sending the Only Begotten into the world,
that we might have faith through the Anointed One.

Love, then, consists in this:
not that we have loved God,
but that God has loved us
and has sent the Only Begotten
to be an offering for our sins.

Beloved,
if God has loved us so, we must have the same love for one another.

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PRAYERS

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.

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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