Refuge | Morning Prayer for Ordinary Time

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This is Ordinary Time, Proper 7.

As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We’ll sing “Abba” by Jonathan David Helser throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 9:9-20 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 4:35-41. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer.

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Abba
Jonathan David Helser

You’re more real than the ground I’m standing on
You’re more real than the wind in my lungs

Your thoughts define me
You’re inside me
You’re my reality

Abba, I belong to You

You’re closer than the skin on my bones
You’re closer than the song on my tongue

You came running down my prodigal road
You came running with a ring and a robe
Grace is the collision on the way back home
With the arms of a Father who won’t let go

Prayer of Confession

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.

Psalm 9:9-20

9 The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, *
a refuge in time of trouble.

10 Those who know your Name will put their trust in you, *
for you never forsake those who seek you, O Lord.

11 Sing praise to the Lord who dwells in Zion; *
proclaim to the peoples the things he has done.
12 The Avenger of blood will remember them; *
he will not forget the cry of the afflicted.

13 Have pity on me, O Lord; *
see the misery I suffer from those who hate me,
O you who lift me up from the gate of death;

14 So that I may tell of all your praises
and rejoice in your salvation *
in the gates of the city of Zion.

15 The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, *
and in the snare they set is their own foot caught.

16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice; *
the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands.

17 The wicked shall be given over to the grave, *
and also all the peoples that forget God.

18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten, *
and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.

19 Rise up, O Lord, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; *
let them be judged before you.

20 Put fear upon them, O Lord; *
let the ungodly know they are but mortal.

Mark 4:35-41 (NRSV)

On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

The Apostles’ 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 Lord’s Prayer

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,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day

Proper 7, Rite Two

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Defend | Morning Prayer for Ordinary Time

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This is Ordinary Time, Proper 6.

As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We’ll sing “I Need You, Lord” by me throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 20 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 4:26-34. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer.

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Ordinary Time, Proper 6

I Need You, Lord
Ben Ward

I need You, Lord
More than I need the air I’m breathing, Lord
My heart cries out to you
The One who made me and gave me life
I drink Your living water
I need You, Lord
More than the very life in me

And only You can satisfy
All other water left me dry
And now I’m looking in Your eye
Jesus, fill me
And heal my broken heart

Prayer of Confession

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.

Psalm 20

1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble, *
  the Name of the God of Jacob defend you;

2 Send you help from his holy place *
  and strengthen you out of Zion;

3 Remember all your offerings *
  and accept your burnt sacrifice;

4 Grant you your heart’s desire *
  and prosper all your plans.

5 We will shout for joy at your victory
  and triumph in the Name of our God; *
  may the Lord grant all your requests.

6 Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed; *
  he will answer him out of his holy heaven,
  with the victorious strength of his right hand.

7 Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, *
  but we will call upon the Name of the Lord our God.

8 They collapse and fall down, *
  but we will arise and stand upright.

9 O Lord, give victory to the king *
  and answer us when we call.

Mark 4:26-34 (NRSV)

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

The Apostles’ 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 Lord’s Prayer

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,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day
Proper 6, Rite Two

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Wait | Morning Prayer for Ordinary Time

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This is Ordinary Time, Proper 5.

As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We’ll sing “Song of Freedom” by me throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 130 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is 1 Corinthian 4:13-5:1. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer.

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Song of Freedom

Out of fear and into faith
You lead me here by Your grace
I am scared and full of doubt
I cannot move or find a way out

But You say, “Come to Me”
You sing over me
Your wondrous Song of Freedom:

You are free indeed
The waves of doubt I can quiet
You are free indeed
The voice of fear I can silence
You are free indeed
Drink my cup of kindness

His power’s strong, His Word is true
His grace rings out for me and you
As we journey now from fear to faith
Let us sing His Song let us celebrate
His Song of Freedom

Prayer of Confession

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.

Psalm 130

1 Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice; *
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.

2 If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, *
O Lord, who could stand?

3 For there is forgiveness with you; *
therefore you shall be feared.

4 I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; *
in his word is my hope.

5 My soul waits for the Lord,
more than watchmen for the morning, *
more than watchmen for the morning.

6 O Israel, wait for the Lord, *
for with the Lord there is mercy;

7 With him there is plenteous redemption, *
and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

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

2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1 (NRSV)

Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

The Apostles’ 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 Lord’s Prayer

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,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day

O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Unity | Morning Prayer for Trinity Sunday

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This is Trinity Sunday. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit!

As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We’ll sing “Behold” by Joel Houston throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 29 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Romans 8:12-17. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer.

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Behold (Then Sings My Soul)

Verse 1

Behold the Father’s heart

The mystery He lavishes on us

As deep cries out to deep

Oh how desp’rately He wants us

The things of earth stand next to Him

Like a candle to the sun

Unfailing Father

What compares to His great love

Verse 2

Behold His holy Son

The Lion and the Lamb given to us

The Word became a man

That my soul should know its Saviour

Forsaken for the sake of all mankind

Salvation in His blood

Jesus Messiah

The righteous died for love

It wasn’t over

For He is the risen One

Chorus

Then sings my soul

Then sings my soul

How great Your love is

How great Your love is

Then sings my soul

Verse 3

Behold I have a friend

The Spirit breathing holy fire within

My ever present help

Speaking truth when I can’t find it

Light up this broken heart and light my way

‘Til my time on earth is done

Oh Holy Spirit

Breathe in me like kingdom come

Oh Holy Spirit

Let Your work in me be done

Chorus

Ending

Then sings my soul my God

He who was and is to come

Prepare the way

Until the work on earth is done

Watch as the clouds He rides swing low

Lift up the sound

As He makes our praise His throne

Behold the Lord our God will lead us home

Prayer of Confession

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.

Psalm 29

1 Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, * 

  ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 

2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name; * 

  worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. 

3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; 

  the God of glory thunders; * 

  the Lord is upon the mighty waters. 

4 The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; * 

  the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor. 

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; * 

  the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon; 

6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, * 

  and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox. 

7 The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire; 

  the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; * 

  the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 

8 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe * 

  and strips the forests bare. 

9 And in the temple of the Lord* 

  all are crying, “Glory!” 

10 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; * 

  the Lord sits enthroned as King for evermore. 

11 The Lord shall give strength to his people; * 

  the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace. 

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

Romans 8:12-17 (NRSV)

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

The Apostles’ 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 Lord’s Prayer

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,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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 for ever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:20, 21

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Renew | Morning Prayer for Pentecost

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This is the Day of Pentecost. Come, Holy Spirit!

As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We’ll sing “Holy Spirit” by Bryan and Katie Torwalt throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 104:25-35,37 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Acts 2:1-21. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer.

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Abide – Morning Prayer for Easter

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This is the fifth week of Easter. New life is here!

As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We’ll sing “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2 throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 22:24-30 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is John 15:1-8. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer.

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If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email.

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