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Morning Prayer for July and August 2021


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In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


Jesus said, "Whosoever will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."    


O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.



O come, let us sing unto the Lord;
    let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
    and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the corners of the earth,
    and the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it,
    and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down,
    and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is the Lord our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture
    and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;
    let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth,
    and with righteousness to judge the world
    and the peoples with his truth.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.


Psalm 63


O God, you are my God;
    I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
    my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
    where there is no water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary
    and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
    how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
    lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
    I will praise you with songs of joy.

I lie awake thinking of you,
    meditating on you through the night.
Because you are my helper,
    I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your strong right hand holds me securely.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.





Today’s Scripture Reading



Exodus 13:17-22  (NIV)


Crossing the Sea

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.[a] The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.

Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the Israelites swear an oath. He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.”

After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.



The Song of Zechariah  -   Benedictus

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
    for he hath visited and redeemed his people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David,
As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets,
    which have been since the world began:

That we should be saved from our enemies,
    and from the hand of all that hate us;
To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers,
    and to remember his holy covenant;
To perform the oath which he swore to our forefather Abraham,
    that he would give us,
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies
    might serve him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before him,
    all the days of our life.

And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest, *
    for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord
                               to prepare his ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto his people
    for the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God,
    whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
    and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.



Acts 7:17-40 (NIV)


“As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt had greatly increased. Then ‘a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.’ He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our ancestors by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die.

“At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family. When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptiansand was powerful in speech and action.

“When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’

“But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.

“After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say: ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look.

“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’

“This is the same Moses they had rejected with the words, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness.

“This is the Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own people.’ He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living words to pass on to us.

“But our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt. They told Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!’



The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
    who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, dead, and buried.
    He descended into hell.

 The third day he rose again from the dead.
    He ascended into heaven,
    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
    From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. Amen.


The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy Name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.




​Lord, as we listen to your holy Word,

open our hearts to the power of your Spirit,

call us out of darkness,

and lead us into your marvelous light. Amen.     


Prayer for Intercession

God of our ancestors,

you are the God of our future.

You showed mercy to Hagar and Ishmael in the desert,

just as you answered Sarah’s laughter with Isaac’s birth.


We pray that you heal the deathly divisions

between all peoples of the earth today.

We pray that the church of Jesus Christ

will be so filled with the Holy Spirit,

so committed to the head of the church

that we will have Christ’s mind among us.          

May the sword of the Word pierce our hearts

and give us compassion for a suffering world.

We pray for world leaders and diplomats

who seek to make peace among nations.

May their success be measured in generations

who live free from fear of war.

We pray for medical professionals committed to healing,

especially those in areas of poverty or violence.


May they be guided and guarded by the Spirit

who lifts up the brokenhearted and even raises the dead.

We pray for teachers, school staff and administrators,

and students, especially those in high-risk communities.

May they find strength in you

to reach beyond themselves

and so embrace the future with the hope            

that you are holding for them.


We pray for your promised kingdom to come,

when all wars will cease, and there will be no disease;

when courageous faith, hope, and love

cast out hatred and poverty.

All this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ,

our savior, redeemer, and friend. Amen.




Closing Prayer

May the self-revealing God be a lamp on our way

as the day dawns and rises within us. Amen.




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