The Order of Morning Prayer
October 25, 2020
Propers: Pentecost 21 / Proper 25
Liturgical Year A  – Liturgical Colour – Green

A Prayer before beginning Morning Prayer

Father, on this sacred day we come into your presence knowing that you are never far from us.  Yet here in this sacred place we long to find you more fully that you may lift us up into a new faith in you and a new vision of what you are about with us.  For the dark hours come when questions arise concerning you, and doubts throng in.  O God, from whose great reservoir of goodness these streams flow, make us more certain about you, until today, we too shall say, “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”  In this faith lift us to a new courage.  Amen

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:

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

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:  Hear us O Lord
All:  For your mercy is great.

Officiant:  We will exalt you, O God our Saviour
All:  And praise your name forever and ever.

Officiant:  Glory to the Father and to the Son:  and to the Holy Spirit
All:  As it was in the beginning is now: and shall be forever.   Amen.

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.


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.

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:

90: 1 – 6, 13 – 17

Lord, you have been our refuge * from one generation to another.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, * from age to age you are God.

You turn us back to the dust and say, * “Go back, O child of earth.”

For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past * and like a watch in the night.

You sweep us away like a dream; * we fade away suddenly like the grass.

In the morning it is green and flourishes; * in the evening it is dried up and withered.

Return, O Lord; how long will you tarry? * be gracious to your servants.

Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; * so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.

Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us * and the years in which we suffered adversity.

Show your servants your works * and your splendour to their children.

May the graciousness of the Lord our God be upon us; * prosper the work of our hands; prosper our handiwork.

Glory to the Father and / to the / Son * and / to the / Holy / Spirit:   as it was in the be / ginning is / now * and shall be for / ever / A / men.

                                                                                        The Readings appointed for today

As we continue to read the Gospel according to Matthew, we hear another of the confrontations between Jesus and the Pharisees. Last week they tried to discredit him with the people and the government; today they test his orthodoxy. Jesus answers their question in correct Jewish form and then counters with a question to them. This passage is leading toward the Christian belief that Jesus is more than a descendent of King David; he is the Son of God

Today we hear today the conclusion of Moses’ part of the story of God’s People. God led him to the top of the mountain to see the land that had been the goal of the journey. After Moses’ death in the wilderness, the people he led entered the Land of Promise.

In the second reading, Paul continues his greetings to the Thessalonian church, reminding them of his original visit to them and of his love and affection for them.

In the Eucharist, we experience the dual nature of our own existence: related to God and yet human. We are not simply living at the human level but through baptism are bearers of divinity. In the mundane elements of common food and drink, we meet God. Likewise, in our lives our human nature is permeated by God’s nature. This is the reason we can pray; this is the reason we are sent into the world to minister to others.

From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year.  Copyright © 2009 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.

                                                                                                           The First Lesson    

Reader:  A Reading from the word of God written in the Book of Deuteronomy, chapter 34, verses 1 to 12

Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho, and the Lord showed him the whole land: Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea, the Negeb, and the Plain—that is, the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees—as far as Zoar. The Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” Then Moses, the servant of the Lord, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command. He was buried in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth-peor, but no one knows his burial place to this day. Moses was one hundred twenty years old when he died; his sight was unimpaired and his vigor had not abated. The Israelites wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the period of mourning for Moses was ended. Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses. Never since has there arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. He was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the Lord sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

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 Matthew, chapter 22, verses 34 to 46

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’? If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

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


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.


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

Officiant:  Let us pray.  Our Father in heaven,

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.


Officiant:          Show us your mercy, O Lord;
All:                   And grant us your salvation.

Officiant:          Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
All:                    Let you people sing with joy.

Officiant:          Give peace, O Lord in all the world;
All:                    For only in you can we live in safety.

Officiant:            Lord, keep this nation under your care;
All:                    And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

Officiant:          Let your way be known upon earth;
All:                    Your saving health among all nations.

Officiant:          Let not the needy O Lord, be forgotten;
All:                    Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Officiant:         Create in us clean hearts, O God;
All:                   And sustain us with your Holy Spirit. 

The Collects:


Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. 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:

In the name of Christ the Lord of the living and the dead, the Saviour of the rich and the poor, the Hope of saints and sinners let us raise our hearts and voices in prayer to God:

That the gospel principles of love and compassion for all may be the heart of our life together as a Church and parish community: let us pray to the Lord.

All:       Lord, have mercy.

That God’s word of compassion and reconciliation may echo forth resoundingly in the teaching and ministry of Bishops Laish, Drexel and Gilbert Bishops of our diocese, Crosley and Chester our Clergy and all Priests of our Diocesan family: let us pray to the Lord.

All:       Lord, have mercy.

That we may be always faithful to our covenant with God, a covenant sealed in the waters of our baptism: let us pray to the Lord.

All:       Lord, have mercy.

That nations and governments may find ways to break down the barriers and tear down the walls that divide families and communities: let us pray to the Lord.

All:       Lord, have mercy.

That families experiencing hardship, turmoil, or loss may be strengthened by the loving support of one another and of friends and neighbours: let us pray to the Lord.

All:       Lord, have mercy.

That the sick and the suffering, the poor and the forgotten, the lost and the troubled may find hope in the “good news of peace”: let us pray to the Lord.       

All:       Lord, have mercy.

That those who have died may rise to the new life of the Risen Christ: let us pray to the Lord.

All:       Lord, have mercy.

For all the intentions which God knows are in our hearts and which we now recall in silence [Pause  ……………..] let us pray to the Lord.

All:       Lord, have mercy.

In thanksgiving for the Blessed Virgin Mary, blessed Joseph her spouse, blessed Matthew and John the Baptist our Patrons, and all the saints and martyrs: let us give praise to the Lord.

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.

Lord of all creation, you have raised us to new life through water and the Spirit.  May your Spirit of justice and peace always rest upon us so that we may dedicate ourselves to the work of the prayers we have offered. In Jesus’ name we pray.  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.       

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 October 26 – Saturday October 31

 Morning Prayer                                                                Evening Prayer

Psalm 41, 52                                                                      Psalm 44
Ecclesticus 19: 4 – 17                                                       Zechariah 1: 7 – 17
Luke 11: 14 – 26                                                                Revelation 11: 1 – 14

Psalm 45                                                                            Psalm 48, 122
Ecclesticus 24: 1 – 12                                                       Isaiah 43: 10 – 15
Luke 11: 27 – 36                                                                Revelation 21: 1-4, 9-14

Wednesday  –  Sts. Simon & Jude
Psalm 66                                                                            Psalm 116, 117
Isaiah 28: 9 – 16                                                                Isaiah 4: 2 – 6
Ephesians 4: 1 – 16                                                          John 14: 15 – 31

Psalm 50                                                                           Psalm 103
Ecclecus 31: 12-18, 25: 32: 2                                         Nehemiah 1: 1 – 11
Luke 11: 53 – 12: 12                                                         Revelation 12: 7 – 14                

Psalm 40, 54                                                                     Psalm 51
Ecclesticus 34: 1-8, 18 –22                                           Nehemiah 2: 1 – 20 
Luke 12: 13 – 31                                                               Revelation 13: 1 – 10        

Psalm 55                                                                           Psalm 148,150
Ecclesticus 35: 1 – 17                                                     Wisdom 3: 1 – 9
Luke 12: 32 – 48                                                              Revelation 19: 1, 4 – 10