Apologies for the scheduling snafu with yesterday’s emails.
Morning Call & Opening Prayer:
You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. (Psalm 65:11, NIV)
We adore you, O God! We give you thanks for preserving us through the night. We offer our actions of this day; grant that they all may be according to your holy will and they may testify to your loving kindness. Save us from sin and from all evil. Amen.
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.
Silence for reflection
This is the good news: The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all! Through Jesus, you are forgiven! (from Titus 2:11)
Lord, open our lips •
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise!
Morning Psalms: Ps. 18:1-20
MORNING FOCUS: Psalm 18:1-6 (NIV)
1 I love you, Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
6 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
(Please Note: For 2018, morning and evening Psalms will follow the schedule laid out in the Daily Lectionary. A short excerpt from one of the Psalms will be included as well as a link to all the prescribed Psalms.)
Morning Song: Tú Eres Fiel / You Are Faithful
For those not receiving Evening Prayer Emails, the Old Testament and Epistle Lessons are: Gen. 4:17-26; Heb. 3:1-11
The Gospel Lesson: John 1:43-51 (NIV)
43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. 47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” 48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” 50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”
For reflection: Read the passage again. What do you notice, perhaps for the first time? What challenges you? What encourages you? Pray about these things and turn to God in prayer. He is near!
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.
Intercessions and Thanksgivings may be offered. This week, pray especially for:
• the Christian congregations and ministries in our neighborhoods, for unity and boldness in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
• a deeper experience of God’s love and renewed hope in the resurrection of Jesus.
• The people and churches of: Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, South Korea, North Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait and Kyrgyzstan
Conclude with the Lord’s Prayer and/or the Collect of the Week
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Let us bless the Lord. •
Thanks be to God!