Morning Prayer | Ordinary Time, Proper 18


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.    Philippians 1:2



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

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Amen. 

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



Happy are they who consider the poor and needy! *
    the LORD will deliver them in the time of trouble.

The LORD preserves them and keeps them alive,
so that they may be happy in the land; *
    he does not hand them over to the will of their enemies.
The LORD sustains them on their sickbed *
    and ministers to them in their illness.
I said, "LORD, be merciful to me; *
    heal me, for I have sinned against you."
My enemies are saying wicked things about me: *
    When will he die, and his name perish?"
Even if they come to see me, they speak empty words; *
    their heart collects false rumors; they go outside and spread them.
All my enemies whisper together about me *
    and devise evil against me.
"A deadly thing," they say, "has fastened on him; *
    he has taken to his bed and will never get up again."
Even my best friend, whom I trusted, who broke bread with me, *
    has lifted up his heel and turned against me.
But you, O LORD, be merciful to me and raise me up, *
    and I shall repay them.
By this I know you are pleased with me, *
    that my enemy does not triumph over me.
In my integrity you hold me fast, *
    and shall set me before your face for ever.
Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, *
    from age to age. Amen. Amen.


Lord Jesus, healer of soul and body, you said, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." Teach us to come to the aid of the needy in a spirit of love, as we have been received and strengthened by you; and to you be the glory and praise now and forever. 

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 13:1-10; Philippians 1:1-11

MARK 15:40-47

There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.


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!