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Week 7: Morning Prayers




Morning Prayers 

March 31-April 6, 2024

Easter, Year B


Sunday March 31, Easter

 

Rest as a Rule of Life

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

  

Early Mary found You, Christ our Friend, in the garden

As we rise today, let us find You here

Present to us, surprising us with hope.

Amen. 


 

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: Sunday, March 31, 2024: Resurrection of the Lord John 20:1—18 or Mark 16:1-8;  Acts 10:34-43; Ps 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Cor 15:1-11      


 


Monday, April 1, Easter


Table as a Rule of Life


This is the very day GOD acted—

Let’s celebrate and be festive!

Salvation now, GOD. Salvation now!

Oh yes, GOD—a free and full life! 

Psalm 118: 24-25 MSG

 

Silence

Be still and aware 

of God’s presence

in your body and breath. 

 

 

Prayers of Gratitude

Resurrected Christ

We speak words of thanks and praise this morning

For the full life You give us:

For breath as we wake,

Companions to walk alongside us through the day,

Physical provision for our daily living,

And hope of the new creation.


What gratitude do you bring today to share?

 

The Lord’s Prayer 

 

A Reading

1 Corinthians 15:35-49

Reflect on the words of scripture and what it means for weak 

and broken bodies be raised in glory.

 

Silence


Intercessions

Living Christ, this full and free life

Is one also marked by pain in our bodies.

We remember today ourselves and those we love

Those of us who suffer in body or mind

Those who ache for the hope of exchanging brokenness for glory,

Exchanging weakness for strength

We pray for those we have yet to welcome into our community

We ask that this table of fellowship

Holds holy space for the pain of those who will join us.


What needs and concerns have we heard and or seen this week that we bring to the community for prayer today…


Sending Forth Prayer

Life-giving Spirit, nurture our bodies and spirits

As we love you and neighbor today. 



 

Daily Lectionary Readings: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Genesis 1:1-19; 1 Corinthians 15:35-49 



 


Tuesday, April 2, Easter


Table as a Rule of Life


God created human beings;

He created them godlike,

Reflecting God’s nature. 

Genesis1:27a MSG

 

Silence

Be still and aware 

of God’s presence

in your body and breath.

 

 

Prayers of Gratitude

Thank you, Holy One

For these bodies You have created for us

Bodies that You have called “good.”

Thank you for the stories that our bodies hold

Thank you for the stories the bodies of our neighbors hold

As we enter this space of prayer, we acknowledge the stories that have formed us.

We offer thanksgiving for Your presence that fills every kind of storied body.


What gratitude do you bring today to share?


 

The Lord’s Prayer 

 

A Reading

1 Corinthians 15:50-58


Reflect on the words of scripture and the transformation 

of our storied bodies through the resurrection. 

 

Silence



Intercessions

 Creator of what is good

Living Christ, triumpher over death

Quickening Spirit of new life—

Today as we reflect on the reality of death in our lives, 

in our communities, in our world, 

We pray for a glimpse into the freedom of life without death

Freedom from the sting of loss.

As we share together the concerns and needs of our community, 

Help us to have imaginations that expand to the hope of life 

untouched by death.


What needs and concerns have we heard and or seen this week that we bring to the community for prayer today…


Sending Forth Prayer

May the hope of Christ be present with you in each moment of this new day.

  

 

 

 

Daily Lectionary Readings: Tuesday, April 2, 2024: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Genesis 1:20-2:4a; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58



 


Wednesday, April 3, Easter


Table as a Rule of Life


Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb.

Mark 16:1-2 NLT

 

Silence

Be still and aware 

of God’s presence

in your body and breath.

 

 

Prayers of Gratitude

As we step further away from Easter, Creator God, 

we center our hearts on You this morning.

We praise You for the signs of new life we see in vibrant colors of spring.

We hear You in the gentle rain that nourishes the ground.

We touch You in the seedings that have taken root in the soil.

We praise You for the stirring of our bodies towards outdoor gatherings,

For opportunities to share our produce or patios with others.

For nourishment both our souls and bodies receive

 from the soil, trees, and sun. 

Creator God, we praise You.


What gratitude do you bring today to share?


 

The Lord’s Prayer 

 

A Reading


Song of Solomon 3:1-11


Reflect on the words of scripture and the eagerness of the Shulamite woman and the women who loved Jesus to find the one they loved.   

Silence

Intercessions

Living Christ

In our eagerness to find You

We remember that we find You, together

We experience Your presence alongside each other

We honor You with collective gifts of praise

In the fervor of our love for You

And in the fragility of our love for You

We join hands on our journey to find You in life’s garden.

What needs and concerns have we heard and or seen this week that we bring to the community for prayer today…

Sending Forth Prayer

In our actions and in our words this day, may we remember to open our hands and hearts to welcome others to join us in seeking Christ.

Daily Lectionary Readings: Wednesday, April 3, 2024: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Song of Solomon 3:1-11; Mark 16:1-8



 


Thursday, April 4, Easter


Table as a Rule of Life


God created human beings;

He created them godlike,

Reflecting God’s nature. 

Genesis1:27a MSG

 

Silence

Be still and aware 

of God’s presence

in your body and breath.

 

 

Prayers of Gratitude

Holy One, as we look to the faces that surround us 

We see Your image

In the eyes of our friend

In the eyes of our neighbor

In the eyes of our antagonist

We rejoice in Your presence 

In ourselves

In our neighbor

In our enemy

In all creation. 


Look at your neighbor and say, “You reflect God to me.” 


 

The Lord’s Prayer 

 

A Reading


Psalm 133


Reflect on the words of scripture and the harmony 

we are welcomed into as kindred of God.  

 

Silence


Intercessions

Living Spirit, we ask for Your movement in places of disharmony:

In our inner spirit where there is unrest

We welcome Your presence.

In relationships marked by distrust and unforgiveness,

 We welcome Your presence.

When tempted to grasp for control in our community,

We welcome Your presence.

In the disorganization and corruption of our government,

We welcome Your presence.

In the harm of global wars and rivals between nations,

We welcome Your presence. 

In the chaos the earth and air is experiencing at the hands of humanity,

We welcome Your presence.

Living Spirit, we treasure today the expensive, extravagant, 

and costly nature of harmony. 


Sending Forth Prayer

As we enter this new day, may our words and actions reflect 

the harmony we desire to see present in this world.  

 

 

Daily Lectionary Readings: Thursday, April 4, 2024: Psalm 133; Daniel 1:1-21; Acts 2:42-47



 


Friday, April 5, Easter


Table as a Rule of Life


How wonderful and pleasant it is when the children of God 

live together in harmony.

Psalm 133:1, paraphrase

 

Silence


Be still and aware of God

in the presence of this community.

 

 

Prayers of Gratitude

Holy One, as we reflect on this week

And anticipate the activities and rhythms of the weekend

We praise you for these mornings of prayer

For this sacred space of growing together,

Of welcoming the Spirit and each other into our stories and pain

Of pursuing harmony with each other as we pursue Christ

Thank You, Holy One for this community from which we draw strength. 


What gratitude do you bring today to share?


 

The Lord’s Prayer 

 

A Reading

Acts 4:23-31


Reflect on the words of scripture and the kind boldness you desire for sharing the good news of Christ in our turbulent world.

 

Silence


Intercessions

Living Christ, we draw from the strength of our community 

And look outward to our world 

We join those early Christ followers in asking

For Your strong hand of healing to stretch out in power

We pray for acts of reconciliation and goodness to be done in this world

Miraculous restoration we cannot yet imagine

Acts that can only be done through Your power,

And our faithfulness in joining Your work of love.


What needs and concerns have we heard and or seen this week that we bring to the community for prayer today…


Sending Forth Prayer

As we enter this new day may our eyes be open and our spirits filled with boldness to join God’s work of transforming love in our world.  

  

 

 

Daily Lectionary Readings: Friday, April 5, 2024: Psalm 133; Daniel 2:1-23; Acts 4:23-31



 


Saturday, April 6, Easter


Table as a Rule of Life


One again I’ll go over what GOD has done, lay out on the table the ancient wonders; I’ll ponder all the things you’ve accomplished, 

and give a long, loving look at your acts.

Psalm 77:11-12 MSG

 

Silence


Be still and aware 

of God’s presence

in your body and breath.

 

 

Prayers of Gratitude

 What has God done? 

Our good God has given us new life in Christ!

What has God done? 

Our good God provides us with daily nourishment!

What has God done? 

Our good God gifts us with fellow pilgrims on the spiritual journey!

What has God done? 

Our good God is present with us in this new day!


What gratitude do you bring today to share?


The Lord’s Prayer 

 

A Reading


John 12:44-50


Reflect on the words of scripture and on how your life is filled with light in knowing Christ.

 

Silence


Intercessions

Living Christ, we welcome Your light in our lives today

Shine the warmth of Your presence

Into these areas of need and concern we share

Open our eyes to new ways of seeing the challenges that we face

Open our minds to creative understanding of problems at hand

Open our hearts to love deeper those we are at odds with

Living Christ, shine Your light on our path today. 


What needs and concerns have we heard and or seen this week that we bring to the community for prayer today…


Sending Forth Prayer


God be in your head,

And in your understanding;

God be in your eyes,

And in your looking;

God be in your mouth,

And in your speaking;

God be in your heart,

And in your thinking;

God be at our end,

And at our departing.  

Adapted from God Be In My Head, Davies

 

 

Daily Lectionary Readings: Saturday, April 6, 2024: Psalm 133; Daniel 2:24-49; John 12:44-50



 

Peace be with you.

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