Morning Prayer: 27 November – Habakkuk 3:1-2, 16-19; Ephesians 2:13-16 ~ he makes me surefooted

A Season of Thanksgiving

Morning Prayer

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

Opening sentence

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
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Morning Reading: Habakkuk 3:1-2, 12-19 NLT

This prayer was sung by the prophet Habakkuk:

I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy.
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I will wait quietly for the coming day when disaster will strike the people who invade us. Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

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The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.
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Morning Reading: Ephesians 2:13-16 NLT

But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.

For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.
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Prayer:

Father, we praise You for Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ; through the Holy Spirit He offered himself in sacrifice to You, that we might be delivered from death and selfishness, and be free to live in Your peace.

+ We accept this new day as Your gift, Lord; grant that we may live in newness of life.
+ You made all things, and keep all things in being; give us the discernment to see Your hand at work in them all.
+ Your Son sealed the new and everlasting covenant in His blood; help us to live by this covenant and honor it.
+ You sent Your Spirit that we might bear witness to You; pour out Your Spirit upon us that we might bless others.
+ And, Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

Almighty God, as in this morning prayer we offer You our praise, grant that in Your kingdom, together with Your saints, we may praise You with even greater joy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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“We Will Not Be Shaken” – Brian Johnson, Bethel Church


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Canticle

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

Morning Prayer: 25 November – Psalm 96; Romans 8:35-37 ~ overwhelming victory is ours

A Season of Thanksgiving

Morning Prayer

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

Opening sentence

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 96 NLT

Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens! Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.

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O nations of the world, recognize the Lord; recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!” The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly.

Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he is coming! He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth.
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Morning Reading: Romans 8:35-37 NLT

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
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Prayer:

Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ: Stay with us, Lord Jesus, and listen to the cries of our hearts.

+ In all things we are victorious through Your love – take us into Your care today.
+ Fill us with Your Holy Spirit – so that we may overflow with Your love and consecrate this day to You.
+ Help all believers to answer Your call – so that we may be salt to the earth and light to the world.
+ Help us in our daily activities and work – that we may work in harmony with others for justice and for the good of the whole community.
+ Help those who are experiencing trouble, calamity, persecution, hunger, impoverishment, danger, or threatened with death – comfort them and assure them of Your love in palpable, recognizable ways today.

Shed Your clear light on our hearts, Lord, so that walking continually in the way of Your commandments we may never be deceived or misled. Bless us today, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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“Stay With Me” – Chardonae Rose

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Canticle

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

Morning Prayer: 23 November – Psalm 42 ~ the remembrance melts my soul

A Season of Thanksgiving

Morning Prayer

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

Opening sentence

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 42

Like a deer that longs for springs of water, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, the living God: when shall I come and stand before the face of God?

Basilica of Hagia Sophia [Hagia Sophia now known as the Ayasofya Museum, was the greatest Christian cathedral of the Middle Ages, later converted into an imperial mosque in 1453 by the Ottoman Empire, and into a museum in 1935.]
Basilica of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
[Hagia Sophia now known as the Ayasofya Museum, was the greatest Christian cathedral of the Middle Ages, later converted into an imperial mosque in 1453 by the Ottoman Empire, and into a museum in 1935.]

My tears are my food, by day and by night, and everyone asks, “where is your God?”. I remember how I went up to your glorious dwelling-place and into the house of God: the memory melts my soul. The sound of joy and thanksgiving, the crowds at the festival.

Why are you so sad, my soul, and anxious within me? Put your hope in the Lord, I will praise him still, my savior and my God.

Basilica of Hagia Sophia Interior as Museum Istanbul
Basilica of Hagia Sophia – Interior

My soul is sad within me, and so I will remember you in the lands of Jordan and Hermon, on the mountain of Mizar. Deep calls to deep in your rushing waters: and all your torrents, all your waves have flowed over me.

By day the Lord sends his kindness upon me; by night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. I will say to God: “You are my support, why have you forgotten me? Why must I go in mourning, while the enemy persecutes me?.” As my bones break, my persecutors deride me, all the time saying “where is your God?.”

Why are you so sad, my soul, and anxious within me? Put your hope in the Lord, I will praise him still, my savior and my God.
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Prayer:

Christ has given us all a share in His priesthood. Lord, accept our love and service.

+ Lord Jesus, You are the eternal priest: make our morning sacrifice of praise acceptable to the Father.
+ Lord Jesus, You are love itself: grant that we may love You as You have loved us.
+ Lord Jesus, You have given us Your Holy Spirit: display in us today the fruit of patience, kindness and gentleness.
+ Lord Jesus, You see the needs of our neighbors and know the Father’s will: give us discernment and courage to be instruments of His loving-kindness to those around us.

Almighty Lord and God, protect us by Your power through the course of this day, even as You have enabled us to begin it. Do not let us turn aside to any sin, but let our every thought, word and deed aim at doing what is pleasing in Your sight. Bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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“10,000 Reasons” – Matt Redman


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Canticle

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

Morning Prayer: 21 November – Exodus 15; 2 Peter 1:10-11 ~ the Lord is my strength and my salvation

A Season of Thanksgiving

Morning Prayer

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

Opening sentence

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.

The Lord is my strength, I will sing his praise: he is my salvation.
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Morning Reading: Exodus 15:1-3,11-13,18-21 NLT

Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord:

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“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him — my father’s God, and I will exalt him! The Lord is a warrior; Yahweh is his name!
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“Who is like you among the gods, O Lord — glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, performing great wonders? You raised your right hand, and the earth swallowed our enemies.

“With your unfailing love you lead the people you have redeemed. In your might, you guide them to your sacred home.
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“The Lord will reign forever and ever!”

When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers rushed into the sea, the Lord brought the water crashing down on them. But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground!

Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced. And Miriam sang this song:

“Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.”
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Morning Reading: 2 Peter 1:10-11 NLT

So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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Prayer:

Christ became man to make us children of God and Christ intercedes for us before God our Father: Thank You for Your loving mercy – Open to us the treasures of Your love.

+ You have enlightened us in baptism: we consecrate our day to you.
+ Fill us with praise of You today: may we take Your word with us wherever we may go.
+ Teach us to respond to Your word: may Your word be fruitful in us.
+ Give us courage when things go wrong: strengthen us with faith in You, with hope in Your promises and with love of Your will.

Lord, grant that we may share in the fullness of Your grace. Bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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“You Are My Strength” – Hillsong United


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Canticle

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

Morning Prayer: 19 November – Psalm 56:1-4, 9-13; Isaiah 66:1-2 ~ trust God and tremble at His word

A Season of Thanksgiving

Morning Prayer

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

Opening sentence

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 56:1-4, 9-13 NLT

Stunning landmark: The iconic Eiffel Tower was lit up for the first time since the horrific attacks in Paris last Friday
Stunning landmark: The iconic Eiffel Tower was lit up for the first time since the horrific attacks in Paris last Friday

O God, have mercy on me, for people are hounding me. My foes attack me all day long. I am constantly hounded by those who slander me, and many are boldly attacking me.

But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.

I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
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My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side!

I praise God for what he has promised; yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

I will fulfill my vows to you, O God, and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help. For you have rescued me from death; you have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.
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Morning Reading: Isaiah 66:1-2 NLT

This is what the Lord says:

“Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that? Could you build me such a resting place? My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken!

“I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.
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Prayer:

– Serve the Lord in holiness, and he will deliver us from the hands of our enemies.

Lord Jesus: thank You for all You have given us, accept and bless our work today. You offered Yourself to the Father on our behalf: join our offering with Yours. You are gentle and humble of heart: teach us to receive others as You did. As each day begins, may Your light rise in our hearts; may it shine forth in loving generosity and kindness to the world. Show Your mercy to those who are sick: may each new day increase their trust in You.

Almighty, ever-living God, we pray to You at morning, noon and evening: dispel from our hearts the darkness of sin, and bring us to the true light, Christ Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

– Serve the Lord in holiness, and he will deliver us from the hands of our enemies.
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“Psalm 56 ~ light of life” – Sons of Korah


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Canticle

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