Saturday, July 7, 2012

Morning Prayer on July 7

Lay Deputy Jack Finlaw led those gatherednat the Diocese of Colorado's breakfast caucus in morning prayer, using an order of service that is part of a set of Liturgical Materials Honoring God and Creation designed by the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.  These prayers are available on pages 445 and 446 of the Blue Book, which you can download from the General Convention website.

Discernment Prime (Traditional hour: morning/start of the day)

As we begin the day, we focus on our calling to live faithfully, for who knows what today holds?
Opening Holy God, you are always with us.
Open our eyes to your presence.

God of faithful surprises, throughout the ages you have made known your love and power in unexpected ways and places: May we daily perceive the joy and wonder of your abiding presence and offer our lives in gratitude for our redemption. Amen.

Benedicite Omnia Opera All you works of God, bless your creator;
praise her and glorify her for ever.
Let the wide earth bless the creator; let the arching heavens bless the creator; let the whole body of God bless the creator;
praise her and glorify her for ever.
You returning daylight, bless your creator; twilight and shadows, bless your creator; embracing darkness, bless your creator;
praise her and glorify her for ever.
Let all who live and grow and breathe bless our creator,
praise her and glorify her for ever.
Janet Morley
Scripture I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit because, apart from me, they can do nothing. You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. John 15:5, 16a
Meditation People say that walking on water is a miracle, but to me, walking peacefully on the earth is the real miracle. --Thich Nhat Hanh108

How will we walk in peace today?

We believe in God, the creator of all life and beauty, who blesses our journey. We believe in Jesus Christ, who lived as a friend and savior to all he met as he traveled, and who ate and laughed, wept and celebrated with them in love. We believe in the Holy Spirit, who rides on the gentle breeze, who strengthens our bindings, and who offers hope eternal.
We believe in the church, which stands open to all travelers, and bears witness to the everlasting love of God.


As we turn to the tasks before us this day,
Fill us, gracious Lord.

In making faithful choices, great and small,
Guide us, gracious Lord.

As we seek to notice and serve those in need,
Teach us, gracious Lord.

Here, the people may add particular intercessions or thanksgivings.

As we offer our lives to you,
Hear us, gracious Lord.

With our hearts ready to serve,
Accompany us, gracious Lord.

Lord’s Prayer

Generous Giver, you pour forth your extravagant bounty without measure upon your whole creation: Teach us such generosity, that the fruits of our spirits and the works of our hands may build your commonwealth of blessing. Amen.
Going Out

Holy God, you are always with us.
Open our eyes to your presence.

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