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Week 15: Morning Prayers




Morning Prayers

May 26 – June 1, 2024 


Rule of Life focus for this Week is TABLE.


Sunday

Rest as a Rule of Life

Today is a sacred day for rest and renewal of body, mind, and spirit.

Laugh, play, take a nap. Simply be present to each moment.


Daily Prayer for a Spring Forest 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




Sunday, May 26, 2024: Trinity Sunday - Isaiah 6:1-8 and Psalm 29  •  Romans 8:12-17  •  John 3:1-17


 


Monday, May 27, 2024


Rule of Life focus for this Week is Table.

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of God’s glory.”

Isaiah 6:3b


Silence

Look around and bear witness to the holiness of God’s glory 

in the world in which you live.


Prayers of Gratitude

We come together today in wonder and awe at the beauty and glory of the world you created.  May we never take that for granted in our daily lives. Today we celebrate your love and give thanks for the many blessings 

we see around us.


The Lord’s Prayer


A Reading

Revelation 4:1-8

Reflect on the gift of seeing the glory of God.


Intercessions

We recognize that the world is not perfect, that there is pain and suffering, injustice and anger.  Calm our fears. Help us to trust in you and guide us to do what we are called to do for one another and all of creation.  

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.


Sending Forth

Go out into your neighborhood and community to see the glory and joy of God’s creation. Celebrate this day!





Monday, May 27, 2024: Psalm 20; Numbers 9:15-23; Revelation 4:1-8


 


Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Rule of Life focus for this Week is Table

No matter who you are no matter where you're from

There is room at the table for everyone

Here and now we can be the beloved community

There is room at the table for everyone.


Silence

There is room for us all and no gift is too small

There is room at the table for everyone.

Carrie Newcomer, from song Room at the Table


Prayers of Gratitude

In the Spirit of Christ, we gather to share a part of ourselves – our joys, our sorrows, our gifts, and needs.  We offer our prayers of thanksgiving today, aware of the many ways you are present in our lives and in the world.

The Lord’s Prayer


A Reading

1 Corinthians 2:1-10

What is wisdom?


Intercessions

For those who hunger and thirst for your Word, we raise our voices in prayer for the needs of the world, both near and far.


Sending Forth

Who will you invite to the table of grace today?





Tuesday, May 28, 2024: Psalm 20; Exodus 25:1-22; 1 Corinthians 2:1-10


 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 


Rule of Life focus for this Week is Table.


God bless you and keep you,

God smile on you and gift you,

God look you full in the face    

and make you prosper.

Numbers 6:24-26 (MSG)


Silence

Rejoice in the Love of God


Prayers of Gratitude

Abundant God, we come this day to say, “Thank You!” 

for the many ways in which we experience your loving grace and generous mercy. 


The Lord’s Prayer


A Reading

Mark 4:21-25

Reflect on what you hear in this passage from Mark.


Intercessions

Hear our prayers, Gracious and Merciful God. We can feel overwhelmed by the needs of the world.  We see the pain in those around us and feel helpless. Grant us peace in knowing that you are ever present 

to walk with us in the midst of all that life brings.  We lift our prayers to you.



Sending Forth

Let the light of Christ shine brightly in all you say and do.




Wednesday, May 29, 2024: Psalm 20; Numbers 6:22-27; Mark 4:21-25


 

Thursday, May 30, 2024 


Rule of Life focus for this Week is Table


God’s table is open, inviting all who wish to feast 

on the abundance of grace and mercy.


Silence

God’s table is open. Come, your place is ready for you.


Prayers of Gratitude

With grateful hearts we share in the fullness of your generous love this day.


The Lord’s Prayer



A Reading

The poet Rumi talks of the inner “Guest House” where each day new emotions arrive, Joys and sorrows, and the whole range of feeling that we experience in this journey called life.  When we reflect on the concept of hospitality, we must admit that there are some things we just don’t want to include. Yet, we also need to admit that those experiences, emotions, 

and people just might have something to teach us.  


Reflect on what it means to live with an attitude of generous hospitality.



Intercessions

Sometimes, we come with disappointment and frustration. We don’t know what to do and feel helpless. Yet, we come asking your help to grant us peace that passes all understanding, hope that sustains and moves us to action, and love that trusts you hear our prayers.  Spirit, hold us as we pray this day for the things weighing on our hearts.



Sending Forth

Practice God’s generous hospitality in all you say and do.





Thursday, May 30, 2024: Psalm 81:1-10;  Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Exodus 31:12-18; 1 Samuel 1:1-18;  Acts 25:1-12



 

Friday, May 31, 2024 


Rule of Life focus for this Week is Table


Open wide the door to the generous love of God. 


Silence

Proclaim and fully live open hearts, open minds, open doors!


Prayers of Gratitude

With our hearts full, we offer thanksgiving this day for the many ways you have generously shown us your love.  In this beloved community we lift these prayers of gratitude …


The Lord’s Prayer


A Reading

Romans 8:31-39

Reflect on the things that try to separate us from the love of God, 

and the means of grace that keep us in that love.


Intercessions

Sometimes it seems that forces beyond our control try to break us down in despair.  We come to you to strengthen our resolve and to remind us that 

nothing can separate us from your love.  Christ in your mercy, hear our prayers of this day.


Sending Forth

Go out into the world with bold confidence in the love of God in Christ.




Friday, May 31, 2024: Psalm 81:1-10; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Leviticus 23:1-8; 1 Samuel 1:19-27; Romans 8:31-39


 

 Saturday, June 1, 2024 


Rule of Life focus for this Week is Table


Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!    

God, I’ll never comprehend them!

I couldn’t even begin to count them—    

any more than I could count the sand of the sea.


Silence

Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!

Psalm 139:17-18 (MSG)


Prayers of Gratitude

Grateful, we come this day to give thanks for the very gift of life and your love for each of us.  You generously welcome us into your creation to abide in your presence throughout our lives.  We offer our prayers of thanksgiving for the many ways we have encountered you this week.  


The Lord’s Prayer


A Reading

 Psalm 139

Read Psalm 139 as a meditation. Take time to ponder what invitation is being offered to you as you read.


Intercessions

Who needs prayer this day? What are the concerns that you bring to God?  What do you need at this time of your life?


Sending Forth

Go out this day and rejoice that you do not go alone.






Saturday, June 1, 2024:  Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Samuel 2:1-10; John 7:19-24 


 

Peace be with you.

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