Morning Prayer | Ordinary Time, Proper 25


Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.    Psalm 19:14



Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Silence for reflection

If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Amen.

Lord, open our lips. *
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise!


PSALM 119:49-72


Remember your word to your servant, *
because you have given me hope.

This is my comfort in my trouble, *
that your promise gives me life.

The proud have derided me cruelly, *
but I have not turned from your law.

When I remember your judgments of old, *
O LORD, I take great confort.

I am filled with a burning rage, *
because of the wicked who forsake your law.

Your statutes have been like songs to me *
wherever I have lived as a stranger.

I remember your Name in the night, O LORD, *
and dwell upon your law.

This is how it has been with me, *
because I have kept your commandments.


You only are my portion, O LORD; *
I have promised to keep your words.

I entreat you with all my heart, *
be merciful to me according to your promise.

I have considered my ways *
and turned my feet toward your decrees.

I hasten and do not tarry *
to keep your commandments.

Though the cords of the wicked entangle me, *
I do not forget your law.

At midnight I will rise to give you thanks, *
because of your righteous judgments.

I am a companion of all who fear you *
and of those who keep your commandments.

The earth, O LORD, is full of your love; *
instruct me in your statutes.


O LORD, you have dealt graciously with your servant, *
according to your word.

Teach me discernment and knowledge, *
for I have believed in your commandments.

Before I was afflicted I went astray, *
but now I keep your word.

You are good and you bring forth good; *
instruct me in your statutes.

The proud have smeared me with lies, *
but I will keep your commandments with my whole heart.

Their heart is gross and fat, *
but my delight is in your law.

It is good for me that I have been afflicted, *
that I might learn your statutes.

The law of your mouth is dearer to me *
than thousands in gold and silver.


Lord, you are just and your commandments are eternal. Teach us to love you with all our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves, for the sake of Jesus our Lord.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit; *
as it was in the beginning
is now and shall be for ever. Amen.



Gather by the River - Davell Crawford



For those not receiving Evening Prayer emails, the lectionary OT & NT Lessons for today are Ezra 6:1-22; Revelation 5:1-10.

MATTHEW 13:10-17

Then the disciples came and asked him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He answered, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. The reason I speak to them in parables is that ‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.’ With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says: ‘You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull, and their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; so that they might not look with their eyes, and listen with their ears, and understand with their heart and turn— and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.


Silence for reflection



In the morning, pray for:

  • the day and its tasks
  • the world and its needs
  • the Church and her life

Conclude with the Lord's Prayer and/or the following Collect for All Saints' Day:

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. *
Thanks be to God!