August 1, 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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PSALM 111

Praise Yahweh!
I will give thanks to God with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Creator,
    studied by all who delight in them.
Full of honor and majesty is God’s work,
and God’s righteousness endures forever.
God has gained renown by wonderful deeds;
    the Holy One is gracious and merciful:
providing food for those who fear God;
being ever mindful of the Divine covenant.
Showing the people the power of God’s works,
    in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of our Creator’s hands are faithful and just;
all Divine precepts are trustworthy.
They are established forever and ever,
    to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
God sent redemption to the people;
and has commanded the Divine covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is God’s name.
The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
God’s praise endures forever.

OTHER SCRIPTURE READINGS

Isaiah 25:6-10a; Mark 6:35-44

TIME FOR SILENT AND/OR SPOKEN REFLECTIONS

CANTICLE B: 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.

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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, Lifegiver,
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 for Mission
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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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