Morning Prayer

Friday

 

Opening Hymn

OPENING WORDS

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. Amen.

 

 

Christ Our Rock

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.

 

 

Psalm 93

The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty;
    the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength;
    indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.
Your throne was established long ago;
    you are from all eternity.

The seas have lifted up, Lord,
    the seas have lifted up their voice;
    the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
    mightier than the breakers of the sea—
    the Lord on high is mighty.

Your statutes, Lord, stand firm;
    holiness adorns your house
    for endless days.

 

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

 

 

2 Kings 2:1-12 (NIV)

Elijah Taken Up to Heaven

When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.”

But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.”So they went down to Bethel.

The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?”

“Yes, I know,” Elisha replied, “so be quiet.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho.”

And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho.

The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?”

“Yes, I know,” he replied, “so be quiet.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.”

And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.”So the two of them walked on.

Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak,rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”

“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.

“You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.”

As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.

The Word of the Lord

 


Prayer

I give thanks for the gift of life and breath        

that is mine today in Christ. 

Make me eager to do good and to resist evil,

and grant me the wisdom to recognize the difference. 

Fill me with your assurance in all I say and do

that I may share the hope that is within me

in gentleness and reverence of Christ. Amen

 

Sirach 4 (NRSVA)  - Duties towards the Poor and the Oppressed

 

My child, do not cheat the poor of their living,
    and do not keep needy eyes waiting.
Do not grieve the hungry,
    or anger one in need.
Do not add to the troubles of the desperate,
    or delay giving to the needy.
Do not reject a suppliant in distress,
    or turn your face away from the poor.
Do not avert your eye from the needy;
    Endear yourself to the congregation;
Give a hearing to the poor,
    and return their greeting politely.
Rescue the oppressed from the oppressor;
    and do not be hesitant in giving a verdict.
Be a father to orphans,
    and be like a husband to their mother;
you will then be like a son of the Most High,
    and he will love you more than does your mother.

The Word of the Lord

 

 

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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.

 

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PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Come Holy Spirit,                                                    

open our minds to see the power                         
of Scripture to give life;

enlighten our hearts that we might see Christ
in all whom we meet;

in the name of the one, holy, and living God,

to whom we give all glory. Amen.

 

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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