Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. PHILIPPIANS 1:2
CONFESSION OF SIN
Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.
Silence is kept. All kneeling, the Officiant and People say
Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desiresof our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought notto have done;and apart from your grace, there is no health in us.O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare all those who confess their faults. Restore all those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.
The Priest stands and says The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.
A Deacon or layperson remains kneeling and prays Grant to your faithful people, merciful Lord, pardon and peace; that we may be cleansed from all our sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Officiant O Lord, open our lips; People And our mouth shall proclaim your praise. Officiant O God, make speed to save us; People O Lord, make haste to help us. Officiant Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; People As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Officiant Praise the Lord. People The Lord’s Name be praised.
The mercy of the Lord is everlasting: * O come, let us adore him.
VENITE O Come
O come, let us sing unto the Lord; * let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving * and show ourselves glad in him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God * and a great King above all gods. In his hand are all the depths of the earth, * and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, * and his hands prepared the dry land. O come, let us worship and fall down, * and kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God, * and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
The Psalm Reading: At the end of the Psalms the Gloria Patri (Glory be...) is sung or said
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; * as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,world without end. Amen. THE LESSONS
A Reading from _____________.
After each lesson the Reader may say
Reader The Word of the Lord. PeopleThanks be to God.
BENEDICTUS ES, DOMINE
A Song of Praise
Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; * you are worthy of praise; glory to you. Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; * we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; * on the throne of your majesty, glory to you. Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; * we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. Glory to you, beholding the depths; * in the high vault of heaven, glory to you. Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; * we will praise you and highly exalt you forever.
SONG OF THE THREE YOUNG MEN, 29-34
A Reading from _____________.
After each lesson the Reader may say
Reader The Word of the Lord. PeopleThanks be to God.
BENEDICTUS The Song of Zechariah
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; * he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty savior, * born of the house of his servant David. Through his holy prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, * from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers * and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, * to set us free from the hands of our enemies, Free to worship him without fear, * holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, * for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, To give his people knowledge of salvation * by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God * the dawn from on high shall break upon us, To shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death, * and to guide our feet into the way of peace. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; * as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
+ A Homily
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
Officiant and People together, all standing
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Officiant The Lord be with you.
PeopleAnd with your spirit.
Officiant Let us pray. The People kneel or stand.
Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Officiant O Lord, show your mercy upon us; People And grant us your salvation. Officiant O Lord, guide those who govern us; People. And lead us in the way of justice and truth. Officiant Clothe your ministers with righteousness; PeopleAnd let your people sing with joy. Officiant O Lord, save your people; PeopleAnd bless your inheritance. Officiant Give peace in our time, O Lord; PeopleAnd defend us by your mighty power. Officiant Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; PeopleNor the hope of the poor be taken away. Officiant Create in us clean hearts, O God; PeopleAnd take not your Holy Spirit from us.
The Collect of The Day
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that, guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers for the Mission of the Church
O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Officiant may invite the People to offer intercessions and thanksgivings. A hymn or anthem may be sung.
The General Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before youin holiness and righteousness all our days; Through Jesus Christ our Lord,to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
Officiant Let us bless the Lord. PeopleThanks be to God. Alleluia! Alluelia!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14
A brief description of morning prayer:
Morning prayer using the prayer book is a distinctly Anglican practice which has its roots in Benedictine Spirituality. Benedictine monks would pray 7 times a day as suggested in Psalm 119:164. This pattern came to be known as the Daily Office as Anglicans took it and separated it into 2 daily principle prayer times, morning and evening prayer.
Every vibrant spirituality needs organic extemporaneous prayers, as well as liturgical prayer. Each one informs the other, and the most ancient liturgical prayer book is the Psalter for the life of Israel. The Psalms would have been used for public worship to guide the community into the presence of the Lord. When we are unable to pray, whether we don’t know how, or we endure seasons of suffering and despondency, liturgical prayer guides our affections and hearts in a God-ward way. This liturgical prayer forms the skeleton to the prayer life of which the blood and other necessary parts of the living prayer life can grow. Extemporaneous prayer, then, is like the life-blood of our personal relationship with God. Each one has its place and is needed.
The fruit of liturgical prayer is seen over long periods of time. After years of praying the same prayers, and memorizing a large portion of the Daily Office, a new groove is worked into your soul. The daily office is a bucket of spiritual disciplines including: Confession, memorization, praise, intercession, Scripture reading and meditation. These disciplines form the basic building blocks to a vibrant spirituality when you include witness, and active spiritual disciplines toward non-believers and fellowship with the church. Please keep these methods in mind when choosing the rule of life that will work for you in each season of life.
Logo Design Explanation Romans 8:29 says that God’s intention is for humans to be conformed into the image of Jesus, and names Jesus “the firstborn among many brothers”. Similarly, Hebrews 2:11 says that Jesus is not ashamed to identify his followers as his brothers and sisters. In many of the early Christian images of Jesus after his resurrection, he is portrayed among his followers rather than being lifted high up and out of reach. This visual concept comes from the Scriptures which identify Jesus as “Emmanuel”, and means, “God with us”. The height of Christian worship occurs during the celebration of the Eucharist/ Holy Communion, and it is also the greatest expression of the reality that God is with us in Jesus. The Church, also called the Bride of Christ, is represented by worshipers in the background of the logo. Jesus is taking the form of a servant, freely offering the sacrament of his body and blood to his people through the bread and wine of Holy Communion. Rays of light are coming down from heaven into the scene representing the Father. James 1:17 says that every good and perfect gift comes to us from “the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of change.” Jesus’ hands are in the shape of a descending dove, representing the Holy Spirit. We can trust that God loves us by looking at the relationship between the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God has always known and expressed perfect love within the co-eternal relationship of Persons in the Trinity, which means he is perfect and trustworthy in the expression of his love for us.