Morning Prayer | Ordinary Time, Proper 18


I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord."    Psalm 122:1



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

As far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us. Amen.

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



My heart is stirring with a noble song;
let me recite what I have fashioned for the king; *
    my tongue shall be the pen of a skilled writer.
You are the fairest of men; *
    grace flows from your lips,
    because God has blessed you for ever.
Strap your sword upon your thigh, O mighty warrior, *
    in your pride and in your majesty.
Ride out and conquer in the cause of truth *
    and for the sake of justice.
Your right hand will show you marvelous things; *
    your arrows are very sharp, O mighty warrior.
The peoples are falling at your feet, *
    and the king's enemies are losing heart.

Your throne, O God, endures for ever and ever, *
    a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom;
    you love righteousness and hate iniquity.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you *
    with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia, *
    and the music of strings from ivory palaces makes you glad.
Kings' daughters stand among the ladies of the court; *
    on your right hand is the queen,
    adorned with the gold of Ophir.
"Hear, O daughter; consider and listen closely; *
    forget your people and your father's house.
The king will have pleasure in your beauty; *
    he is your master; therefore do him honor.
The people of Tyre are here with a gift; *
    the rich among the people seek your favor."
All glorious is the princess as she enters; *
    her gown is cloth-of-gold.
In embroidered apparel she is brought to the king; *
    after her the bridesmaids follow in procession.
With joy and gladness they are brought, *
    and enter into the palace of the king.
"In place of fathers, O king, you shall have sons; *
    you shall make them princes over all the earth.
I will make your name to be remembered
from one generation to another; *
    therefore nations will praise you for ever and ever."


Lord God, you have formed the holy Church to be the bride of Christ. Grant to your Church the faith and peace she will need to do your will and to show your glory, through your Son, Jesus Christ 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.



My World Needs You - Kirk Franklin



For those not receiving Evening Prayer emails, the lectionary OT & NT Lessons for today are 1 Kings 16:23-34; Philippians 1:12-30.

MARK 16:1-8

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.


Silence for reflection



This week, pray especially for:

  • our elders and deacons at City Church; that they would continue to grow in grace and wisdom
  • those without work or homes, particularly those we've met through UCHC
  • the many suffering from the devastation of the recent hurricanes; for the rescue and aid workers; for the churches and shelters providing relief and resources

Conclude with the Lord's Prayer and/or the following Collect:

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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