Morning Prayer: Sat, 08 Apr – John 13:38; Romans 2:4 ~ unfailing love

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

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

Opening Sentences

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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Reading: John 13:38 (NLT)

Jesus answered, “Die for me? I tell you the truth, Peter — before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me….”
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Reading: Romans 2:4 (NLT)

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
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Prayer:

Lord have mercy; Christ have mercy; Lord have mercy on me.

+ Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house and worship you with deepest awe.
+ Because of your unfailing love, your saving power rescues me from my enemies.
+ Because of your unfailing love, you keep me from stumbling off the path of life.
+ Because of your unfailing love, you do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
+ Because of your unfailing love, you see my troubles, and you care about my anguish.
+ Because of your unfailing love, you give justice to those with honest hearts.

Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Let your unfailing love surround me, Lord, for my hope is in you alone. Through my Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Kindness” – Chris Tomlin


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Blessing

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

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

Morning Prayer: Sat, 05 Nov – Psalm 26:3; Jeremiah 31:22; John 13:23 ~ I’m loved

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

Opening Sentence

I call all heaven to witness today that I have put on Christ.
I choose no other Lord than the Maker of heaven and earth.
This day I walk with Him and He will walk with me.

Reading: Psalm 26:3 (NLT)

For I am always aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth.

Reading: Jeremiah 31:22 (NLT)

lavishly-loved-by-god

How long will you wander, my wayward daughter? For the Lord will cause something new to happen — Israel will embrace her God.

Reading: John 13:23 (NLT)

The disciple Jesus loved was sitting next to Jesus at the table.
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Prayer:

Abba Father:

Thank You for your unfailing love for me that holds nothing back; and is filled with unexpected surprises and rich provisions.

+ You have loved me first; you moved toward me even when I wasn’t ready.

+ You have love me even when I didn’t want it or deserve it.

+ Your love has changed me and set me on the path that leads to life.

+ Your love is making all things new, in me and around me.

Abba Father:

+ You always welcome me home; nothing can make you stop loving me.

+ You know me personally; you made me and laid out a plan for my life that would honor you.

+ You love me just as I am; but you continue to shape and form me to become just as you are.

+ You love me without limits of height, or depth, or breadth.

+ You fill my life to the full with your love.

Abba Father:

Your unfailing love is new every morning. Remind me throughout the day, no matter the circumstances, that at the core of my being I am one who is loved by you.
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“Good Good Father” – Chris Tomlin


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Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus 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 the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Prayer: Fri, 04 Nov – Psalm 25:6; Jeremiah 31:3; Mark 1:19-20 ~ unfailing love

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

Opening Sentence

I call all heaven to witness today that I have put on Christ.
I choose no other Lord than the Maker of heaven and earth.
This day I walk with Him and He will walk with me.

Reading: Psalm 25:6 (NLT)

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past.

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Reading: Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT)

Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.

Reading: Mark 1:19-20 (NLT)

A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.
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Prayer: (A Prayer for Trusting in God’s Unfailing Love – Scotty Smith, TGC) – adapted

Lord Jesus: In these troubled times, truth be told, we have come to the end of ourselves.

+ All of our resources and strength, all of our life experiences and smarts are simply not enough.
+ Whatever worked in the past is not working in the present moment.
+ We are feeling the confusion of not knowing what to do next.
+ We are feeling the helplessness of being out of control.

Lord Jesus:  We need you; we abandon ourselves to You today. You are our resurrected Lord; You defeated sin and death; You are making all things new. We place our hope in Your unfailing love.

+ There is no other supply sufficient to the need.
+ There is no other strength sufficient for the task.
+ There is no other balm sufficient for the pain.
+ There is no other rest sufficient for the exhaustion.
+ There is no other hope sufficient for the multiple issues in front of us.

Lord Jesus: We bring it all to You – trusting in Your unfailing love.

+ We bring our broken, conflicted and wandering hearts to you.
+ We bring our struggling marriages to you.
+ We bring our divided churches to you.
+ We bring our hurting friends to you.
+ We bring our wayward children to you.
+ We bring our unbelieving neighbors to you.
+ We bring our corrupted country to you.
+ We bring our war-torn, chaotic world to you.

Lord Jesus: Astonish us by bringing much glory to yourself. We pray, in your merciful and mighty name.
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“Your Love Lifted Me” – Ashmont Hill

Glory, Glory to God, In the Highest, Glory, Glory to God… | When nothing else could help, You came and rescued me

Your love lifted me, Your love lifted me, Your love lifted me, I am free to sing of Your love…

Higher, Higher, Higher than heaven | Deeper, Deeper, Deeper than oceans | Greater, Greater, Greater than mountains | Your love

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus 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 the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

19th Ordinary Sunday, 07 August: Ps 33:22; Heb 11:8-12; Lk 12:32-48 ~ be ready all the time

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Today’s Gospel challenges us to stand ready for our Master’s return in glory.

Opening Prayer:

O God, on whom our faith rests secure and whose kingdom we await, sustain us by word and sacrament and keep us alert for the coming of the Son of Man, that we may welcome him without delay. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Waiting Here For You” – Christy Nockels


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A Reading from the Old Testament: Wisdom 18:6-9 (NRSVCE)
[These are some of the words used by the Jews to celebrate God’s deliverance of them at Passover.]

Arnold Eagle, “Passover Seder” from ‘Asking the Four Questions’ (1934–35), gelatin silver print
Arnold Eagle, “Passover Seder” from ‘Asking the Four Questions’ (1934–35), gelatin silver print

That night was made known beforehand to our ancestors, so that they might rejoice in sure knowledge of the oaths in which they trusted.

The deliverance of the righteous and the destruction of their enemies were expected by your people. For by the same means by which you punished our enemies you called us to yourself and glorified us.

For in secret the holy children of good people offered sacrifices, and with one accord agreed to the divine law, so that the saints would share alike the same things, both blessings and dangers; and already they were singing the praises of the ancestors.
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A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-19, 20-22 (NLT)

Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord; it is fitting for the pure to praise him.
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What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.
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But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.
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We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.
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“Unfailing Love” – Hillsong


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A Reading from the Letters: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-12 (NLT)
[The Letter to the Hebrews is more a sermon on who Christ is than a letter. In today’s reading, Abraham and Sarah are held up as examples of faith.]

By faith: "Abraham went without knowing..."
By faith: “Abraham went without knowing…”

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.
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It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.
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A Reading from the Gospels: Luke 12:32-48 (NLT)
[Stand ready, we are told, for we do not know when Christ will return.]

“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

“Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Lamp be ready

“Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready.

“Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”

Peter asked, “Lord, is that illustration just for us or for everyone?”

And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. But what if the servant thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful.

“And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.
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“Boldly I Approach” – Rend Collective


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Intercessory Prayer:

The Lord is our help and our shield, so let us approach his throne of grace with confidence:

+ That Christian preachers around the world may spread God’s Word with a sense of urgency…. Lord, hear us.
+ That Christian people may remember that life is short, and always be ready to meet their Master…. Lord, hear us.
+ That those on summer vacation may be preserved from every danger, and return home safely…. Lord, hear us.
+ That the Olympic Games may be conducted peacefully, and draw the world closer together…. Lord, hear us.
+ That your grace may help people who find life hard, especially the poor and helpless…. Lord, hear us.
+ That you may rescue all who have died in Christ, and bring them safely to their eternal home….. Lord, hear us.

Lord our God, your faithful love sustains your people: hear the prayers of all who put their faith in you, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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“Holy” – Wedding Day | The City Harmonic


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Benediction:

He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”

Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.

Revelation 22:20-21

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

Morning Prayer: 20 November – Isaiah 45:1, 22-25; Ephesians 4:29-32 ~ Let all the world look to me for 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.
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Morning Reading: Isaiah 45:1, 22-25 NLT

This is what the Lord says to Cyrus, his anointed one, whose right hand he will empower. Before him, mighty kings will be paralyzed with fear. Their fortress gates will be opened, never to shut again.
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Twilight over Cathedral Notre Dame and River Seine, Paris France
Twilight over Cathedral Notre Dame and River Seine, Paris France

“Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other.

I have sworn by my own name; I have spoken the truth, and I will never go back on my word: Every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to me.”

The people will declare, “The Lord is the source of all my righteousness and strength.” And all who were angry with him will come to him and be ashamed. In the Lord all the generations of Israel will be justified, and in him they will boast.

Morning Reading: Ephesians 4:29-32 NLT

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
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Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank You. Through Your cross and resurrection You offer freedom and hope to those ready to receive them. Lord, show us Your loving-kindness.

+ We are children of the day: help us to live in the light of Your presence.
+ Guide our thoughts, our words, our actions: so that what we do today may be pleasing to You.
+ Help us to avoid wrongdoing:show us Your mercy and love.
+ Through Your passion and death You have won life for us: give us the strength of Your Holy Spirit.
+ Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

Lord God, You hold out the light of Your Word to those who do not know You. Strengthen our hearts through faith, so that no trials may quench the fire Your Spirit has kindled within us. 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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” “Laudate Dominum”” – Barbara Bonney (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Praise the Lord, all nations; Praise Him, all people. For He has bestowed His mercy upon us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever, and for generations of generations. Amen.
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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