Morning Prayer

Friday, April 16th 

Opening Hymn:

The Vigil of Easter

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

Sing for joy, heavens and earth;                        

break forth, O mountains, into singing!

Our Creator has comforted the people

and will have compassion for the ones who are suffering.

Come out! The imprisoned shall have freedom.

Show yourselves! Those who live in darkness

will see the light of day.

God will feed you and protect you;

God will guide you and ease your way.

Glory be given to our Protector

because God will never forget us;

we are inscribed in the palm of God’s hands!

Sing for joy!

The Comforter has love and compassion for us.

 

 

Preparation

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.

 

 

Te Deum

We praise you O God, we confess you as the Lord; 
all creation worships you, the Father everlasting. 
To you all angels cry aloud, the heavens and all the powers it holds; 
to you cherubim and seraphim cry in endless praise: 
Holy, holy, Holy Lord, God of Hosts, 
heaven and earth are full of the majesty of your glory.

The glorious company of the apostles praise you, 
the noble fellowship of the prophets praise you, 
the white-robed army of martyrs praise you, 
the holy Church throughout all the world confesses you: 
the Father of infinite majesty, 
your venerable, true, and only Son, 
and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. 

You are the King of glory, O Christ. 
You are the everlasting Son of the Father.
When you took it upon yourself to deliver man, 
you did not disdain the virgin’s womb.
When you had overcome the sting of death, 
you opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. 
You are seated at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father. 
We believe that you will come to be our judge. 
We therefore beg you to help your servants, 
whom you have redeemed with your Most Precious Blood. 
Make them to be numbered with your saints in glory everlasting.

 

O Lord save your people and bless your inheritance. 
Govern them and exalt them forever.

Day by day we magnify you, 
and we worship your name, forever and ever.
Be pleased, O Lord, to keep us this day without sin. 
Have mercy on us, O Lord; have mercy upon us. 
O Lord, let your mercy be upon us, as we place our trust in you. 
In you, O Lord, have I put my trust, let me never be put to shame.

 

 

Hymn:

Today’s Gospel

 

Mark 2:23-28

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along,

they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they

doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were

hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God

and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Holy Word, Holy Wisdom

 

 

 

Statement of Faith (Hebrews 1:1-4)

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

 

 

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.

 

Prayers of Intercession

Let us not cease to give thanks to God               

who has seated the resurrected                         
and ascended Christ                                           

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 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

May the love of God pursue us,

the light of Christ enfold us,

and the Holy Spirit keep us;

as we dwell in the house of the Lord

our whole life long. Amen.

Postlude:

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