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 FOCUS: Psalm 16:7-11 (NIV)
7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
(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. 6:1-8; Heb. 3:12-19.
The Gospel Lesson: John 2:1-12 (NIV)
1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. 12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.
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!