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Morning Prayer, Rite I (Sunday, May 17, 2020)

OPENING HYMN: “How Great Thou Art”

Verse 1

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder

Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Refrain:

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee How great Thou art, how great Thou art Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Verse 2

And when I think of God, His Son not sparing Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing He bled and died to take away my sin

Verse 3

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation And lead me home, what joy shall fill my heart Then I shall bow with humble adoration And then proclaim, my God, how great Thou art

Verse 4

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee How great Thou art, how great Thou art Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee How great Thou art, how great Thou art


Alleluia! Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.    1 Corinthians 15:57

O send out thy light and thy truth, that they may lead me, and bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy dwelling. Psalm 43:3

Confession of Sin (together); BCP Page 41

Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.

Officiant and People together Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.

But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

The Leader The Almighty and merciful Lord grant us absolution and remission of all our sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Invitatory and Psalter

Officiant

O Lord, open thou our lips.

People

And our mouth shall show forth thy praise.

Leader and People 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.

Alleluia. The Lord is risen indeed: O come, let us adore him. Alleluia.

Venite Psalm 95:1-7 (together)

O come, let us sing unto the Lord; *     let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *     and show ourselves glad in him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *     and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the corners of the earth, *     and the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it, *     and his hands prepared the dry land.

O come, let us worship and fall down, *     and kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is the Lord our God, *     and we are the people of his pasture     and the sheep of his hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *     let the whole earth stand in awe of him. For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth, *     and with righteousness to judge the world     and the peoples with his truth.

Jubilate     Psalm 100 (together)

Be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands; *     serve the Lord with gladness     and come before his presence with a song.

Be ye sure that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves; *     we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise; *     be thankful unto him and speak good of his Name.

For the Lord is gracious; his mercy is everlasting; *     and his truth endureth from generation to generation.

The Appointed Psalm and Lessons for Today

Psalm 66:7-18, Jubilate Deo (Read Responsively)

7 Bless our God, you peoples; * make the voice of his praise to be heard;

8 Who holds our souls in life, * and will not allow our feet to slip.

9 For you, O God, have proved us; * you have tried us just as silver is tried.

10 You brought us into the snare; * you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.

11 You let enemies ride over our heads; we went through fire and water; * but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.

12 I will enter your house with burnt-offerings and will pay you my vows, * which I promised with my lips and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.

13 I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts with the smoke of rams; * I will give you oxen and goats.

14 Come and listen, all you who fear God, * and I will tell you what he has done for me.

15 I called out to him with my mouth, * and his praise was on my tongue.

16 If I had found evil in my heart, * the Lord would not have heard me;

17 But in truth God has heard me; * he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

18 Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, * nor withheld his love from me.

First Lesson: A Reading from the Book of Acts 17:22-31 (Todd/Edwina)

Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said,

‘For we too are his offspring.’

Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

The Epistle, 1 Peter 3:13-22 (Todd/Edwina)

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God's will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you-- not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

The Song of Mary, Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55 My soul doth magnify the Lord, *     and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For he hath regarded *     the lowliness of his handmaiden. For behold from henceforth *     all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me, *     and holy is his Name. And his mercy is on them that fear him *     throughout all generations. He hath showed strength with his arm; *     he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, *     and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things, *     and the rich he hath sent empty away. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, *     as he promised to our forefathers,     Abraham and his seed for ever. 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.

The Gospel According to John 14:15-21 (Hunter)

Jesus said, ”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

”I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

The Song of Simeon, Nunc dimittis, Luke 2:29-32 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, *     according to thy word; For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, *     which thou hast prepared before the face of all people, To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, *     and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

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.

Glory be to God Gloria in Excelsis Glory be to God on high,     and on earth peace, good will towards men.

We praise thee, we bless thee,     we worship thee,     we glorify thee,     we give thanks to thee for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,     that takest away the sins of the world,     have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world,     receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father,     have mercy upon us.

For thou only art holy, thou only art the Lord, thou only, O Christ,     with the Holy Ghost,     art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

We Praise Thee Te Deum laudamus

We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord. All the earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting. To thee all Angels cry aloud, the Heavens and all the Powers therein. To thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;     Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory. The glorious company of the apostles praise thee. The goodly fellowship of the prophets praise thee. The noble army of martyrs praise thee. The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge thee,     the Father, of an infinite majesty,     thine adorable, true, and only Son,     also the Holy Ghost the Comforter.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ. Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father. When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man, thou didst humble thyself to be born of a Virgin. When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death, thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father. We believe that thou shalt come to be our judge.     We therefore pray thee, help thy servants,     whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.     Make them to be numbered with thy saints,     in glory everlasting.

The Apostles' Creed (together) I believe in God, the Father almighty,     maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;     who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,     born of the Virgin Mary,     suffered under Pontius Pilate,     was crucified, dead, and buried.     He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead.     He ascended into heaven,     and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.     From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost,     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.

People

And with thy spirit.

Officiant

Let us pray.

Leader and People 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.

Suffrage A V.    O Lord, show thy mercy upon us; R.    And grant us thy salvation. V.    Endue thy ministers with righteousness; R.    And make thy chosen people joyful. V.    Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; R.    For only in thee can we live in safety. V.    Lord, keep this nation under thy care; R.    And guide us in the way of justice and truth. V.    Let thy way be known upon earth; R.    Thy saving health among all nations. V.    Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; R.    Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. V.    Create in us clean hearts, O God; R.    And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

Collect for Today: O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for Sundays O God, who makest us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of thy Son our Lord: Grant us this day such blessing through our worship of thee, that the days to come may be spent in thy favor; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Peace O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom: Defend us, thy humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Grace O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day: Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that we, being ordered by thy governance, may do always what is righteous in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for Guidance O heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray thee so to guide and govern us by thy Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget thee, but may remember that we are ever walking in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Intercessions and thanksgivings may follow:

· We pray for the soul of our beloved Ed Teegarden, a faithful servant of God and a dedicated usher at the 8:00 AM services at St. John’s Church for over 70+ years.

· We continue to pray for all who have died due to complications with COVID-19 and their families during this difficult time.

· We pray for all who may have lost their jobs, income or may currently be furloughed

· We for all Clergy, Deacons, Lay Leaders and Congregations who continue to find creative ways to keep ministry moving forward each day

· We pray for all families, first responders, essentials workers, educators and those in government

· Pray for all who are suffering from an illness or are in need of prayer, especially Frank Buckley

· We pray for YOU today

· In thanksgiving for those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this week, May 17-22

The General Thanksgiving (together) Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful; and that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to thy service, and by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom Almighty God, who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication unto thee; and hast promised through thy well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name thou wilt be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions of thy servants as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth, and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

Then may be said

Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia. Alleluia Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia

The Leader concludes: May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13


CLOSING HYMN: 'LEAD ME, GUIDE ME'

Chorus

Lead me, guide me along the way, For if you lead me I cannot stray. Lord, let me walk each day with Thee. Lead me, oh Lord lead me.

Verse 1

I am weak and I need Thy strength and power, To help me over my weakest hour. Let me through the darkness Thy face to see, Lead me, oh Lord lead me. Verse 2 Help me tread in the paths of righteousness. Be my aid when Satan and sin oppress. I am putting all my trust in Thee: Lead me, oh Lord lead me. Verse 3 I am lost if you take your hand from me, I am blind without Thy light to see. Lord just always let me thy servant be, Lead me, oh Lord lead me.

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