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Week 1: Morning Prayers

Updated: Feb 19



Morning Prayers 

First Week of Lent

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Sunday, First week of Lent


Rest as a Rule of Life

This is a day for rest and renewal of body, mind, and spirit


Daily Prayer for a Rule of Life

May our lives be a prayer

May God work through our prayers

May our work be an answer

To God’s will working through us

May we rest in God’s love

May God’s rest feed our souls

May our table be open

May we welcome friends and foes

May the poor be our neighbors

May our neighbors be blessed.

Amen



Lectionary Readings: Genesis 9:8-17;

 Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15


 


Monday, First Week of Lent


Prayer as a Rule of Life

To you, O LORD, we lift up our souls.

Make us to know your ways, O LORD;

~Psalm 25:1, 4a


Silence


Be still and aware 

Of God’s presence

Within and all around.


Prayers of Gratitude

“Thank you.”

is a sufficient prayer

to offer each day. 

Gratitude from the heart

understanding that the 

One who creates each and every one of us,

the One who creates all that exists,

desires what is good, right, and just for all.

So, a simple “Thank you!”

is enough bringing awareness to 

God within and among us.


What prayers of “Thank You,” do we offer this day?


The Lord’s Prayer 



A Reading


Scripture: Mark 1:9-15

Reflect on the scripture and the diverse rhythms of life.

Silence


Intercessions

Rhythm of life

Journey that carries us

Sometimes

A sweet, refreshing voice,

At other times discordant chaos.

From steady calming heartbeat

to frenetic heart-racing,

reality is…

resiliency giving

tear bringing

belly laughing

joy woven with sorrow

the ordinary

Rhythm of life


Sending Forth Prayer

God be in our heads, and in our understanding;

God be in our eyes, and in our looking;

God be in our mouths, and in our speaking;

God be in our hearts, and in our thinking;

God be at our end, and at our departing.

Attributed to Old Sarum Primer, also attributed to Pynson’s Horae, 1514



Daily Lectionary Readings: Psalm 77; Job 4:1-21; Ephesians 2:1-10



 


Tuesday, First Week of Lent


Prayer as a Rule of Life

We cry aloud to God,

    that God may hear us.

Psalm 77:1 


Silence

We will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;We will remember your wonders of old. We will meditate on all your work    and muse on your mighty deeds.

Psalm 77:11-12


Prayers of Gratitude

We are ever grateful to you, O God. 

We remember the works of your hands in all of creation. 

 We draw hope and comfort from the wonder and awe 

of your loving grace and mercy.

We give you thanks for the many ways

You come to us.

Now, we come to you with grateful hearts

to offer our prayers of thanksgiving.


Lord’s Prayer 


A Reading

Job 5:8-27

Reflect on the complex and varied images of God

 as perceived in these words of Scripture.

Silence


Intercessions 

We come before you, Creator of All,

With bowed heads and humble hearts.

The world in which we live is often hard

with hurts and troubles

we find hard to understand.

We offer our prayers, 

not only for your ears alone, 

but to penetrate our own hearts as well

opening to the awareness of

Your love and mercy.


Sending Forth

Christ with us, Christ before us, 

Christ behind us, Christ in us, 

Christ beneath us, Christ above us, 

Christ on our right, Christ on our left, 

Christ when we lie down, Christ when we sit down, 

Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of us, 

Christ in the mouth of every person who speaks of us 

Christ in the eye that sees us, Christ in the ear that hears us.

Prayer of St Patrick Breastplate, adapted



Daily Lectionary Readings: Psalm 77; Job 5:8-27; 1 Peter 3:8-18a



 


Wednesday, First Week of Lent


Prayer as a Rule of Life

We will remember the actions the Eternal has taken,    reminisce on Your ancient wonders.We will reflect on all of Your work;    indeed, we will study all You have performed.Psalm 77:11-12 (Voice)


Silence

O God, Your way is so different, so distinct, so divine.

    No other god compares with our God.

You, God, and Your works evoke wonder.

    You have proved Your strength to the nations.

Psalm 77:13-14 (Voice)



Prayer of Gratitude

When we gather to pray

we open ourselves to the Beloved.

We choose relationship

with the One who is known by many names.

We choose relationship

with others and the world in which we live.

We choose relationship 

with our deepest selves,

our souls that hold the divine light of Love

Generous One, hear our prayers of grateful thanks.



A Reading

Matthew 4:1-11


Silence

Reflect on these words and the reality of temptations that are part of daily life.


Intercessions

From the beginning of time

You have been our constant companion.

You have called us your beloved children.

You have asked us to be co-creators, 

bringing about your kin-dom 

in which you long for all to live.

Forgive us the temptation to succumb to despair. 

 Lift us once again, to not give up, but to look around,

and be mindful of those around us,

to see not only the sorrows and needs, but also

the gifts, beauty, and strength of others.

Grant us strength and courage to move into each day

Serving with hope for justice and peace.


Sending Forth 

Jesus knew the temptations we face. 

Each and every day, set us on the path

of mercy, grace, and justice.

May we follow him with resolute resilience 

and walk with bold joy!




Daily Lectionary Readings: Psalm 77; Proverbs 30:1-9; Matthew 4:1-11



 


Thursday, First Week of Lent


Prayer as a Rule of Life

Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love; 

according to your abundant mercy, blot out our transgressions.

Psalm 51:1


Silence

To you, O Lord, we lift up our souls.

Psalm 25:1



Prayer of Gratitude

To you, Love Incarnate,

we raise our prayers of gratitude.

Your Presence is often so obvious before us

that we often fail to see it.

As the Poet Mary Oliver invites,

may we pay attention to each moment of life,

be astonished by all we observe, 

and then tell about our experiences 

with wonder and curiosity.


A Reading

Romans 3:21-31

Reflect on these words of scripture in the light of restorative justice.


Silence


Intercessions

When so much assails us in our lives that leaves us confused and disheartened, we come together to seek your Truth, the Truth of your gracious, forgiving grace.  We ask for the wisdom of faith to see beyond our concerns. 

We ask to be present to one another in the merciful strength of your love. 

We ask to be ever mindful of your restorative healing love.

Let your righteousness prevail in all our actions and words.

Love Incarnate, hear our prayers.


Sending Forth 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: 

where there is hatred, let me sow love; 

where there is injury, pardon; 

where there is doubt, faith; 

where there is despair, hope; 

where there is darkness, light; 

where there is sadness, joy. 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek 

to be consoled as to console, 

to be understood as to understand,

 to be loved as to love. 

For it is in giving that we receive, i

t is in pardoning that we are pardoned, 

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. 

Amen.

Prayer of St Patrick Breastplate, adapted




Daily Lectionary Readings: Psalm 22:23-31; 

Genesis 15:1-6, 12-18; Romans 3:21-31



 


Friday, First Week of Lent


Prayer as a Rule of Life

The Eternal One is our shepherd, and cares for us always.

The Eternal One provides us rest in rich, green fields

    beside streams of refreshing water.

    The Eternal One soothes our fears;

Psalm 23:1-2 (Voice)


Silence

The Eternal One makes us whole again,

    steering us off worn, hard paths

    to roads where truth and righteousness 

echo the Eternal One’s name.

Psalm 23:3 (Voice)


Prayer of Gratitude

We are grateful we can join in community 

to share our prayers with one another, 

knowing that you are within and among us.  

We are nourished and sustained 

by the awareness of the multitude of ways 

you are present in our lives and in the world.  

We give you thanks!


A Reading

Mark 8:31-38

Reflect on what it means to follow Jesus in the hard challenges,

and life is not going the way you would like it to go? 


Silence


Intercessions

Each day is a prayer unfolding before us.

Each person we meet along the way is an opportunity

to be witness to your love that connects us all

There are joys and there are sorrows in the 

ordinary and extraordinary experiences of life

In all, we choose to offer our prayers 

to the One who holds all.

We bring our prayers for others, the world, and ourselves.

Spoken aloud in community or held silently in our hearts,

we believe you hear us.



Sending Forth

Go forth in bold awareness

That no matter the circumstances,

Christ goes before you,

Spirit dwells within you,

and you are held in the heart of God.




Daily Lectionary Readings : Psalm 22:23-31; Genesis 16:1-6; Romans 4:1-12



 


Saturday, First Week of Lent


Prayer as a Rule of Life

Here in this great gathering for worship    I have discovered this praise-life.And I’ll do what I promised right here    in front of the God-worshipers.Down-and-outers sit at God’s table    and eat their fill.

Psalm 22:25 (Message)


Silence

Everyone on the hunt for God    is here, praising God.“Live it up, from head to toe.    Don’t ever quit!”

Psalm 22:26 (Message)


Prayer of Gratitude

We come this day to offer our grateful praise 

for the wonder and beauty of your creation, 

for the many blessings of family, friends, and neighbors. 

Most of all we give you thanks

for Your abundant love and forgiving grace.  


A Reading

Mark 8:27-30

Reflect on the Mark passage and how you 

answer when Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?”


Silence


Intercessions

Open our hearts and minds 

to the cries of those around us, 

as well as to our own struggles.

There is so much in our world

That is broken and in need of your merciful Love.

May we be open to being instruments

of your soothing, healing grace, 

bearing witness to your justice, peace, 

and deep abiding joy.

O Lord, hear our Prayers.



Sending Forth

May compassion be our companion

in the everyday experiences of life.

May we bear witness to wonder.

May we listen with Christ ears,

see with Christ eyes, 

and, respond with bold hope, 

rooted and grounded in Christ love.




Daily Lectionary Readings: Psalm 22:23-31; Genesis 16:7-15; Mark 8:27-30



 

Peace be with you.

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