The Order of Morning Prayer
August 15 2021
Propers: Pentecost 12 – Proper 15
Liturgical Year B
Liturgical Colour – Green

Prayers before beginning Morning Prayer

Holy God, we come before you with praise and thanksgiving. We have been blessed with abundance. Everything we need in our life, you have given to us. Let us rejoice in your presence, and give us the peace and contentment that comes from knowing that we have all we need. Grant us wisdom as we listen to your Word, that we may be more faithful to your loving purpose. Open our hearts so that we may hear the cries of those in need.

Covid Prayer
Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses. Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them. Amen

The Hymn:

Officiant:  Let all the earth acclaim God.  Sing to the glory of His name, make His praise glorious.

All:
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is yours; yours is the Kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.

Officiant:  Blessed be the Lord our God,
All:  By whose grace we are yet alive.

Officiant:  Blessed be His Son Jesus Christ,
All:  By whose rising we are set free.

Officiant:  Blessed be the Spirit of God,
All:  In whom is our hope and our joy.

All:
Father we come together in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, to offer you our worship, praise and thanksgiving.  To you belong all power and glory.  You are the source of all goodness.  Let our worship bear witness to your peace and saving power.  Through your Spirit may we ever rejoice in the abiding presence of our risen and ascended Lord. Amen.

THE VENITE

O come let us / sing out to the / Lord:  let us shout in triumph to the / rock of / our sal / vation.  

Let us come before His / face with / thanksgiving:  and cry / out to Him / joyfully in / psalms.

For the Lord is a / great / God:  and a great / king a / bove all / gods.

In His hands are the / depths of the / earth:  and the peaks of the / mountains are / His / also.

The sea is His and / he / made it:  His hands / moulded / dry / land.

Come let us / worship and / bow down:  and kneel be / fore the / Lord our / maker.

For he Himself / is our / God:  we are the people of His pasture, and the /  sheep of / His / hand.

If only you would hear His / voice to / day:  for He comes, He / comes to / judge the / earth:

He shall judge the / world with / righteousness: and the / people / with His / truth.

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 / A / men.

Officiant:  Lord, we pray to you for the forgiveness of our sins.

(Officiant and people, kneeling, together say)

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honour and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Officiant:
Set us free, 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 Saviour Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.  Amen.

The Psalm:  34: 9 – 14

Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, * for those who fear him lack nothing.

The young lions lack and suffer hunger, * but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.

Come, children, and listen to me; * I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Who among you loves life * and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?

Keep your tongue from evil-speaking * and your lips from lying words.

Turn from evil and do good; * seek peace and pursue it.

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.

                                                                                        The Readings appointed for today

                                                                                                           The First Lesson    

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of 1 Kings, chapter 2, verses 10 to 12, and chapter 3 verses 3 to 14

David slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the city of David. The time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established.  Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David; only, he sacrificed and offered incense at the high places. The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the principal high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”  It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life; no other king shall compare with you. If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.”

Reader:  The word of the Lord
All:         Thanks be to God

The Hymn 

The Second Lesson

A Reading from the word of God written in the Gospel of John, chapter 6, verses 51 to 58

Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”  The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

Reader:  The word of the Lord
All:         Thanks be to God                                                                 

                                                                                                  THE APOSTLE’S CREED

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 power of 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

Officiant:  The Lord be with you.
All:       And also with you

Officiant:  Let us pray.  Our Father in heaven,

All:
hallowed be your Name; your kingdom come; your will done on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.  Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.  Amen.

THE SUFFRAGES

Officiant:  Lord, reveal your love among us
All:   That we may know the joy of your salvation

Officiant:  Grant peace within and among all nations
All:       And teach our leaders wisdom

Officiant:  Endow your Church with faithfulness
All:       And her servants with knowledge and true godliness

Officiant:  Defend, O Lord, the rights of the poor and the oppressed
All:       That your justice may be known among all people

Officiant:  Lord, renew your spirit within us
All:       That in us and through us your will may be done

The Collects:

Officiant: 
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of His redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of His most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

O God, in whom we live, move and have our being, we thank you for the youth of our Diocese. We ask that you continue to strengthen them in their service to you and all your people. Endow them with grace that they may be like Joseph loving, dutiful, chaste and pure and their faith like David proving, steadfast unto death endure. For good health and positive minds to work and play together, grant to them O Lord. Allow them to experience the beauty and wonder of your ineffable love so that they may learn more about you and what you have for them to do in your church and the community. Renew their trust in you and bring peace to their hearts for your tender mercies sake. Amen

Lord God, Almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day:  Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the rest of the past night, and for the gift of a new day, with its opportunities of pleasing you.  Grant that we may so pass its hours in perfect freedom of your service, that at evening we may again give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Hymn                   

The Intercessions:

Leader:
With all our heart and all our mind let us pray to the Lord. saying, “Lord have mercy.”

Leader:
For the peace from above, for the loving kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For the peace and welfare of the world, for the witness and work of the Church, and for the unity of all peoples: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For our Bishops and all ministers of God’s Word and Sacraments, that they may be filled with truth and love and be found without fault at the Lord’s coming: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For the leaders of the nations and for those in authority among us, that they may serve justice and promote the freedom and dignity of all peoples: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice and oppression, and for all who labour in the cause of human liberation and fulfilment: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For the sick, the suffering, the sorrowful, and the dying; and for all who remember and care for them: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For deliverance from the ravages of hurricane, earthquake, drought or flood, and for a just and proper use of God’s creation: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader:
For ourselves and all who confess the name of Christ, that we may show forth the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvellous light: Let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, have mercy.

All:
O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people in the multitude of your mercies. Look with compassion on us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious O Lord of love, and to you we give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

                                                                                                       The Prayer of Dedication:

Almighty God, we thank you for the gift of your Holy Word. May it be a lantern to our feet, a light to our paths, and a strength to our lives.  Take us and use us to love and serve all persons in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the Name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.       

Officiant:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us evermore.  Amen

The Hymn

                                                            

Daily Readings

Monday August 16 – Saturday August 21

Morning Prayer                      Evening Prayer

Monday – The Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary
Psalm 113, 115                         Psalm 45
1 Samuel 2: 1 – 10                   Zechariah 2: 10 – 13
John 2: 1 – 12                             Acts 1: 6 – 14

Tuesday –
Psalm 120 – 123                        Psalm 124 – 127
2 Samuel 18: 9 – 18                 Judges 18: 1 – 15
Acts 23: 12 – 24                        Mark 11: 27 – 12: 12

Wednesday –
Psalm 119: 145 – 176                 Psalm 128 –  130
2 Samuel 18: 19 – 33                 Judges 18: 16 – 31
Acts 23: 23 – 35                          Mark 12: 13 – 27

Thursday – 
Psalm 131 – 133                        Psalm 134, 135
2 Samuel 19: 1 – 23                   Job 1: 1 – 22
Acts 24: 1 – 23                            Mark 12: 28 – 34

Friday –  St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot
Psalm 140, 142                         Psalm 141, 143: 1 –  12
2 Samuel 19: 24 – 43                 Job 2:1 – 13
Acts 24: 24 – 25: 12                    Mark 12: 35 – 44

Saturday  –
Psalm 137: 1 – 9                         Psalm 104
2 Samuel 23: 1-7, 13-17            Job 3: 1 – 26
Acts 25: 13 – 27                          Mark 13: 1 – 13