Morning Prayer

Thursday July & August



Opening Hymn:

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


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.



The Invitatory

We cast our burdens

upon you, O Lord,

and you will sustain us.

Create in us clean hearts, O God,

and renew a right spirit within us.

Cast us not away from your presence

and take not your Holy Spirit from us.

Give us the joy of your saving help again

and sustain us by your bountiful Spirit.

Blessed are you, O Holy One,

the God of our salvation who bears our burdens.








Christ our Passover

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us;
    therefore let us keep the feast, 
Not with old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil,
    but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.

Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; * 
    death no longer has dominion over him. 
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all;
    but the life he lives, he lives to God. 
So also consider yourselves dead to sin,
    and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.

Christ has been raised from the dead, 
    the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 
For since by a man came death, 
    by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 
For as in Adam all die, 
    so in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.



Psalm 47
47:1 Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy.

47:2 For the LORD, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth.

47:3 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.

47:4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah

47:5 God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

47:6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.

47:7 For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm.

47:8 God is king over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.

47:9 The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted.



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



The Book of Acts 1:1-11

1:1 In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning

1:2 until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.

1:3 After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

1:4 While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. "This," he said, "is what you have heard from me;

1:5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."

1:6 So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?"

1:7 He replied, "It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.

1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

1:9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

1:10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.

1:11 They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."

The Second Song of Isaiah 


 Seek the Lord while he wills to be found;
    call upon him when he draws near. 
Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the evil ones their thoughts; 
And let them turn to the Lord, and he will have compassion,
    and to our God, for he will richly pardon. 
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    nor your ways my ways, says the Lord. 
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, 
    so are my ways higher than your ways, 
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.














The Gospel of Luke 24:44-53

24:44 Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you--that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled."

24:45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures,

24:46 and he said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day,

24:47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

24:48 You are witnesses of these things.

24:49 And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."

24:50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them.

24:51 While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.

24:52 And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy;

24:53 and they were continually in the temple blessing God.



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.











God our light,                                                         

make us attentive to your Word                                         

as to a lamp shining in a dark place,

that seeing your truth we may live faithful lives

until that great day dawns

and the morning star rises in our hearts. Amen.




Wonderful Abba,

you revealed your love and guidance for us

on Mount Sinai and the Mount of Transfiguration,

giving us a vision  of how to live in equity and peace.

Trusting in your care for us,

we bring to you our prayers.

We pray for your church,

that it may be the light of love for all people.

We pray for the nations of the world,

that their governors may be wise and compassionate.

We pray for those who suffer illness or oppression,

that our care for them may bring your healing and liberation.

We pray for your creation,

that we may be your wise and obedient stewards.

We pray for all those who are in search of you,

that they may walk by the lamp of your Spirit

and be at peace in your light now and forever.

Joined together in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all majesty and honor are yours, Holy One,

forever and ever. Amen.

Closing Hymn:







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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