Morning Prayer: Psalm 8:9; Ecclesiastes 3:11-13; Matthew 20:25-28 ~ the beauty of it all

Morning Prayer: 

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

Opening sentences

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.

Morning readings

Psalm 8:9 ESV:

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 ESV:

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil — this is God’s gift to man.

Matthew 20:25-28 ESV:

servant Jesus bronzeBut Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Prayer/Reflection:

God, our God, Your design for each of us is perfect in its friendliness. There is purpose in all things; and whoso finds it wins strength to bear. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life for many.
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Savior and friend, how wonderful art Thou!
+ my companion upon the changeful way,
+ the comforter of its weariness,
+ my guide to the eternal town,
+ the welcome at its gates.           (Alistair Maclean)

Song

Christ, as a light… illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield… overshadow me.
Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.
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.
Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

Blessing
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

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

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Peanut Gallery: The Morning Prayer readings are from the Daily Office of the Northumbrian Community as available online here… and in the book form, Celtic Daily Prayer available on Amazon.com.

The website and prayer book are rich in prayer resources and I commend them to you. For our purpose here, I will limit my selections to the Morning Prayer resources.

Psalm 8: The Wonder of God’s Creation (Creation Calls & Baba Yetu) ~ Worship Video

Peanut Gallery: Special thanks to agnus dei for bringing this amazing video to our attention.

This music video is meant to take a look at the wonder and majesty of God’s creation and to glorify Him. Music nature documentary of God’s beautiful Creation, with Psalm 8 and two gospel and worship songs. Praise the Lord!!! Amen!

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