Morning Prayer: 09 Dec – Matthew 18:12-14 ~ he comes to save us

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening prayer:

God, come to my assistance; Lord, make haste to help me.

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

A Reading from the Gospels: Matthew 18:12-14 (NLT)

The triptych of the Parable of the Lost Sheep was drawn by Lilias during her early years in North Africa.  She captures, in three frames, a sequence which illuminates the story of the straying lamb from start to finish.

The triptych of the Parable of the Lost Sheep was drawn by Lilias during her early years in North Africa. She captures, in three frames, a sequence which illuminates the story of the straying lamb from start to finish.

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.
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“Comfort Ye My People” – Lamb ~ Joel Chernoff & Rick Coghill

No more will you turn to another for help
Nor will you turn to yourself, to yourself
Nor will you say, “My God” to some other
For in Me you’ll find mercy, wo-o-o-o

I will heal your wrong ways
I will love you so freely
You will dwell beneath my shadow
I will be as the dew to my people
And they will blossom as the lilly, wo-o-o-o

Your beauty will be like the olive tree
Your fragrance as Lebanon, Lebanon
You will live as a well watered garden
And you will flourish like the vine, wo-o-o-o

I will heal your wrong ways
I will love you so freely
You will dwell beneath my shadow
I will be as the dew to my people
And they will blossom as the lilly, wo-o-o-o
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Canticle:

Teach me, dear Lord, to number my days; that I may apply my heart unto wisdom. Oh, satisfy me early with Thy mercy, that I may rejoice and be glad all of my days. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon me; and establish Thou the work of my hands.

This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.

Blessing:

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

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



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