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Week 19 Morning Prayer


Spring Forest Morning Prayers

Week 17 – June 23-29, 2024

 



Sunday

Table as a Rule of Life


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

God, we praise you on this Sabbath day of rest, 

Where we are invited to worship you and take a seat at your table, 

alongside all your beloved.


Let us be still and take in your goodness on this new day.


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





Monday

Table as a Rule of Life


O God, you are our place of quiet retreat,

And we wait for your Word to renew us.

Psalm 119:114 (MSG, adapted)


Silence

May we stand in awe before you at the dawn of this new day,

 and as we start the week ahead.


Psalm 119:120a (MSG, adapted)


Prayers of Gratitude

Sovereign God, all our praise is because of you,

For happy are those who abide in your love.

You are our savior and our deliverer,

And you seek to fill us with hope in all circumstances.

We thank you for this glorious day that you have made,

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.


The Lord’s Prayer


A Reading

Acts 27:13-38

Reflect upon the ways God has provided for you amid the storms of life.


Intercessions

Gracious God, as we join our hearts in prayer,

Fill us with faith to believe that you always hear and answer.

Give us strength today and every day, and bring to us and those we love 

healing and restoration for our bodies, minds, souls, and spirits.

Hear now the desires and prayers of our hearts…


Sending Forth Prayer

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





Tuesday

Table as a Rule of Life


Let us come with joy-filled hearts as we gather as sacred friends,

For all our welcome here, just as Christ welcomes all to his table of grace.


Silence

Be still and aware of God’s presence within and all around us.


Prayers of Gratitude

We give you thanks. O Lord, for the gift of today,

another day to shine your light into the world.

Your goodness and mercy know no end,

And we give thanks for the ways you use us to bless the lives of others.

It is with gratitude and in humility that we praise you for your wondrous works in our lives…


The Lord’s Prayer


A Reading

Acts 27:39-44

Reflect upon the ways God is calling you to faithfully lead others in your current life circumstances.


Intercessions

Gracious God, we come to you in prayer this day, with much on our hearts and minds.

Give us faith to believe that you will provide for all our needs and can heal all our wounds.

For those who are sick, make them well;

For those who are broken; make them whole again;

For those who are downcast,

encourage their inner spirit to arise in the power of Christ’s name.

Lord, we lift up these and other prayers to you in believing prayer…


Sending Forth Prayer

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





Wednesday

Table as a Rule of Life


Happy are we who are invited to join you in the altar of our hearts,

And in sacred spaces like this where your mercy and grace abound.

Psalm 119:4 (adapted)


Silence

Be still and know that God is as close as the air we breathe.


Prayers of Gratitude

We lift our hearts in praise,

For your presence is always with us.

All our praise is because of your goodness and blessings

In our lives and in all of creation.

How good it is to join together

Celebrating all that you are and all that we have been created to be.

Hear, O Lord, the praises rising up within us this day…


The Lord’s Prayer


A Reading

Mark 6:45-52

Reflect upon times you have experienced Jesus calming the storms in your life.


Intercessions

Loving God, you protect us and watch over us,

desiring for us to be fully alive in Christ 

Through the Spirit that flows within us. 

Strengthen us this day and provide healing and wholeness in our lives,

empowering us to be instruments of healing and encouragement for others.

Bend your ear toward us and hear the prayers of our hearts today…


Sending Forth Prayer

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




Thursday

Table as a Rule of Life


“We pray to God—our life a prayer—    and wait for what he’ll say and do.Our lives on the line before God, our Lord,    waiting and watching till morning,    waiting and watching till morning.”

Psalm 130:5-6 (MSG)


Silence

Be still and wait upon the Lord.


Prayers of Gratitude

O Lord our God, we lift our hearts in praise,

For your Word reminds us that you are always with us waiting for us 

To bend our hearts towards you.

O Lord our God, we lift our hearts in praise,

For the ways you gather us together in community and around your table of grace.

O Lord our God, we lift our hearts in praise!


The Lord’s Prayer


Reading

2 Corinthians 7:2-16

Reflect upon the ways your words or actions have grieved God and others. 


Intercessions

“Out of the depths we cry to you, O Lord.     Lord, hear our voices!Let your ears be attentive to the voices of our supplications!

If you, O Lord, should keep track of sin, Lord, who could stand? But there is only forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.

O people of God, hope in the Lord!    For with the Lord there is steadfast love,    and with him is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem us from all our wrongdoings.

(Psalm 130:1-4, 7-8; adapted)

Now Lord, hear the prayers on our hearts this day…


Sending Forth Prayer

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






Friday

Table as a Rule of Life


This is the day that the Lord has made.

Silence

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Prayers of Gratitude

“You have turned our mourning into dancing;    you have taken off all that binds us and clothed us with joy.Our souls praise you and cannot be silent.    O Lord our God, we will give thanks to you forever.”

Psalm 30:11-12, adapted


The Lord’s Prayer


A Reading

2 Corinthians 8:1-7

Reflect upon the graces of God placed within you.


Intercessions

“To you, O Lord, we cry out, and make our requests known.

‘What profit is there in our demise, if we go down to the darkest depths?Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to us! O Lord, be our deliverer!’”

(Psalm 30:8-10, adapted)

Merciful, healing, forgiving God, hear the prayers on our hearts this day…


Sending Forth Prayer

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






Saturday

Table as a Rule of Life


Holy Spirit, you beckon us to spend this time with you.

Let us quiet our hearts and be attentive to your promptings within.


Silence

Let us be still and know that you are God.


Prayers of Gratitude

Merciful God, you have journeyed alongside us throughout our week,

Seeking to guide our every step and attend to all our needs.

We give you thanks for your goodness, mercy, and provision experienced in every situation.

You are so good to us, ever inviting us to join you at your table where your grace abounds.

Hallelujah! Praise be to God.


The Lord’s Prayer


A Reading

Luke 4:31-37

Reflect upon the goodness of the Spirit of God within you.


Intercessions

As this past week ends and we prepare for the week ahead, 

Lord, enable us to place each situation and care into your most capable hands.

Let us trust in the ways you will order our days

So we can bring the most glory to your name.

And for all of the prayers on our hearts this day, we humbly lift them up to you…


Sending Forth Prayer

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





Peace be with you.

 

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