Morning Prayer – Wednesday, Feb.22 2017

Seventh Wednesday after Epiphany

Opening Sentence of Scripture

From the rising of the sun to its setting my Name shall be great among the nations, and in every place incense shall be offered to my Name, and a pure offering; for my Name shall be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.   Malachi 1:11

Confession of Sin

The Officiant says to the People

Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

Silence is kept. All kneeling the Officiant and People say

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. we have followed too much the deceits and desires of our own hearts. we have offended against your holy laws. we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and apart from your grace, there is no health in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare those who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to all people in Christ Jesus our Lord; And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may now live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.

The Priest alone stands and says

The Almighty and merciful Lord grant you absolution and remission of all your sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Invitatory

All stand.

Officiant              O Lord, open our lips;

People                 And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Officiant              O God, make speed to save us;

People                 O Lord, make haste to help us.

Officiant              Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

People                 As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Officiant              Praise the Lord.

People                 The Lord’s name be praised.

All Together

The Lord has shown forth his glory: O come, let us adore him.

Venite          O Come (Psalm 95:1-7; 8-11)

Come let us sing to the Lord; *
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *
and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, *
and his hands have molded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

All Together

The Lord has shown forth his glory: O come, let us adore him.

A Reading from Psalm Psalm 119:97-120

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,*
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,*
    whom he has redeemed from trouble[a]
and gathered in from the lands,*
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.

Some wandered in desert wastes,*
    finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,*
    their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,*
    and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way*
    till they reached a city to dwell in.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,*
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
For he satisfies the longing soul,*
    and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,*
    prisoners in affliction and in irons,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God,*
    and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12 So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;*
    they fell down, with none to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,*
    and he delivered them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,*
    and burst their bonds apart.
15 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,*
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
16 For he shatters the doors of bronze*
    and cuts in two the bars of iron.

17 Some were fools through their sinful ways,*
    and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
18 they loathed any kind of food,*
    and they drew near to the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,*
    and he delivered them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them,*
    and delivered them from their destruction.
21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,*
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
22 And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,*
    and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

23 Some went down to the sea in ships,*
    doing business on the great waters;
24 they saw the deeds of the Lord,*
    his wondrous works in the deep.
25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,*
    which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;*
    their courage melted away in their evil plight;
27 they reeled and staggered like drunken men*
    and were at their wits’ end.[b]
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,*
    and he delivered them from their distress.
29 He made the storm be still,*
    and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad that the waters[c] were quiet,*
    and he brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,*
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,*
    and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33 He turns rivers into a desert,*
    springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 a fruitful land into a salty waste,*
    because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35 He turns a desert into pools of water,*
    a parched land into springs of water.
36 And there he lets the hungry dwell,*
    and they establish a city to live in;
37 they sow fields and plant vineyards*
    and get a fruitful yield.
38 By his blessing they multiply greatly,*
    and he does not let their livestock diminish.

39 When they are diminished and brought low*
    through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
40 he pours contempt on princes*
    and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41 but he raises up the needy out of affliction*
    and makes their families like flocks.
42 The upright see it and are glad,*
    and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

43 Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;*
    let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

All Together

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The People may be seated

First Lesson

A Reading from Genesis 8:1-14

But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated,  and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen. At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground.  But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him.  He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark.  And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.  Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore. In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out.

Reader               The Word of the Lord.

People                 Thanks be to God.

Benedictus          The Song of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79)

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, *
for he hath visited and redeemed his people;

And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us *
in the house of his servant David,

As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, *
which have been since the world began:

That we should be saved from our enemies, *
and from the hand of all that hate us;

To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, *
and to remember his holy covenant;

To perform the oath which he sware to our forefather Abraham, *
that he would give us,

That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies *
might serve him without fear,

In holiness and righteousness before him, *
all the days of our life.

And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest, *
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people *
for the remission of their sins,

Through the tender mercy of our God, *
whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us;

To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

All Together

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Second Lesson

A Reading from Matthew 17:1-23

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.  And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.  And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son,[a] with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”  When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified.  But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.”  And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.”  And the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?”  He answered, “Elijah does come, and he will restore all things.  But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.”  Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist. And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him,  said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water.  And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.”  And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.”  And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”  He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were greatly distressed.

Reader                 The Word of the Lord.

People                 Thanks be to God.

Ecce, Deus Surely, it is God who saves me (Isaiah 12:2-6)

Surely, it is God who saves me;*
I will trust in him and not be afraid.

For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense,*
and he will be my Savior.

Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing,*
from the springs of salvation.

And on that day you shall say,*
Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name;

Make his deeds known among the peoples;*
see that they remember that his Name is exalted.

Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things,*
and this is known in all the world.

Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy,*
for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.

All Together

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A brief devotion may follow here.

The officiant or someone else may add a brief devotion or reading.

The Apostles’ Creed

Officiant and People together, all standing

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

The People kneel (or remain seated if unable to kneel)

Officiant              The Lord be with you.

People                 And with your spirit.

Officiant              Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy [upon us].

Christ, have mercy [upon us].

Lord, have mercy [upon us].

Officiant and People

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

 Officiant        O Lord, show us your mercy;

People           And grant us your salvation.

Officiant        O Lord, save our nations;

People           And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

Officiant        Clothe your ministers with righteousness;

People           And make your chosen people joyful.

Officiant        O Lord, save your people;

People           And bless your inheritance.

Officiant        Give peace in our time, O Lord;

People           For only in you can we live in safety.

Officiant        Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;

People           Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Officiant        Create in us clean hearts, O God;

People           And take not your Holy Spirit from us.

The Officiant Prays the Collects and All Stand

The Collect of the Day

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

A Collect for Grace (Wednesday)

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance (Thursday)

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Endurance (Friday)

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Mission

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

Hymn: Open My Eyes that I may See

1. Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

2. Open my ears, that I may hear
voices of truth thou sendest clear;
and while the wavenotes fall on my ear,
everything false will disappear.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!

3. Open my mouth, and let me bear
gladly the warm truth everywhere;
open my heart and let me prepare
love with thy children thus to share.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!

The General Thanksgiving

Officiant and People

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

A Prayer of St. John Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

Officiant              Let us bless the Lord.

People                 Thanks be to God.

Officiant

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to
generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21

 

 

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