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Morning Prayer

Friday, August 28th 


Opening Hymn

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In the Name of God: Abba our Protector, Jesus our Saviour, and the Spirit our Defender.


Shout for joy, sing songs of praise,        

for God reigns over all the earth!

God has gone up with a shout!

Sound the trumpets and sing songs of praise!


The Invitatory

O God of glory, sovereign of all nations,         

the risen and ascended Christ calls us         

to carry your message of life to all people.

Led by the power of your Holy Spirit,

may we witness always to the hope to which
we are called as we share Christ’s love to the ends
of the earth.




Christ invites us to make our home in him as
he makes his home in us.        

Let us build our homes on the rock that
is Christ Jesus.        

Then the storms of life will not bully us.        

Hurricanes and floods will not destroy us.

Let the word of God dwell in us richly, in all wisdom.        

As we love our God with all our hearts,
souls, and minds,

and love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen.

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 Gospel

John 6:1-15 - Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.

Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”

Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

“Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

When the people saw him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!” When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.

The Word of the Lord

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God,

the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

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.



Let us not cease to give thanks to God           

who has seated the resurrected

at the right hand of the Holy One in power
and great glory.

Let us pray.

We give thanks to you, O God,

in this and every age,

for the healing power at work in Christ

to fill our world with grace.

O risen God, fill us with your power.

We pray for our world, for all leaders, people,
and nations,

that they we may exercise a spirit of wisdom
as we serve the common good. 

Shield all who suffer from the terrors of violence and war;

bring them to safety and new life in you. 

Make us one family gathered up in your love

and clothed in the power of your peace.

O risen God, fill us with your power.

We pray for all who long to experience the
immeasurable power of your love.

Open our hearts to sing your praises and to share
the story of your blessing,

that all may come to know our living and ascended Christ.

O risen God, fill us with your power.

Bless your people everywhere with food, shelter, healthcare,

and employment sufficient for our flourishing,

that all may thrive together by the riches of your grace,

and fill us with a joy for justice

that inspires us to do our part for the prosperity of all.

O risen God, fill us with your power.

We pray for all in sickness or in need, that they may know your healing love and the power of Christ to bring life in the most difficult times. 

Keep us mindful of the hope and great power that we have in you

as we offer your healing to others.

O risen God, fill us with your power.

We pray for all who have died,

that, together, you will bring us to our glorious inheritance of Christ,

the one who fills all in all.

O risen God, fill us with your power.

All this we pray in the name of him who was raised

to live and reign in power for us,

our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.



The Doxology

Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever, for ever and ever.  Amen.


Closing Hymn:

Closing Prayer

The three persons of the Trinity surround us.

The hand of God keep us from all harm;

the Spirit of God guide us in all joy;

the Son of God deliver us to eternal life. Amen.



Postlude: Ludovico Einaudi

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