Morning Prayer – Monday, 23 March 2020

Morning Prayer – Monday, 23 March 2020 O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise. Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your
faithful love, according to your judgement give us life. Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy,
to you be praise and glory for ever. In the darkness of our sin,
your light breaks forth like the dawn and your healing springs up for deliverance.
As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help, sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
and open our lips to sing your praise. Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever. A Song of Penitence
Have mercy on me, O God, in your great goodness; according to the abundance of your compassion
blot out my offences. Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness
and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my faults
and my sin is ever before me. Against you only have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight, So that you are justified in your sentence
and righteous in your judgement. Cast me not away from your presence
and take not your holy spirit from me. Give me again the joy of your salvation
and sustain me with your gracious spirit; Then shall I teach your ways to the wicked
and sinners shall return to you. Deliver me from my guilt, O God, the God of
my salvation, and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness. 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. The night has passed, and the day lies open
before us; let us pray with one heart and mind. [Silence] As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever. Amen. Psalm 70 O God, make speed to save me;
O Lord, make haste to help me. Let those who seek my life be put to shame
and confusion; let them be turned back and disgraced who
wish me evil. Let those who mock and deride me 
turn back because of their shame. But let all who seek you rejoice and be glad
in you; let those who love your salvation say always,
‘Great is the Lord!’ As for me, I am poor and needy;
come to me quickly, O God. You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay. Psalm 77 I cry aloud to God;
I cry aloud to God and he will hear me. In the day of my trouble I have sought the
Lord; by night my hand is stretched out and does
not tire; my soul refuses comfort. I think upon God and I groan;
I ponder, and my spirit faints. You will not let my eyelids close;
I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I consider the days of old;
I remember the years long past; I commune with my heart in the night;
my spirit searches for understanding. Will the Lord cast us off for ever? 
Will he no more show us his favour? Has his loving mercy clean gone for ever?
Has his promise come to an end for evermore? Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he shut up his compassion in displeasure? And I said, ‘My grief is this:
that the right hand of the Most High has lost its strength.’ I will remember the works of the Lord 
and call to mind your wonders of old time. I will meditate on all your works
and ponder your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy;
who is so great a god as our God? You are the God who worked wonders
and declared your power among the peoples. With a mighty arm you redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph. The waters saw you, O God; the waters saw
you and were afraid; the depths also were troubled. The clouds poured out water; the skies thundered; 
your arrows flashed on every side; The voice of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lit up the ground; the earth trembled and shook. Your way was in the sea, and your paths in
the great waters, but your footsteps were not known. You led your people like sheep
by the hand of Moses and Aaron. 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. A reading from Exodus chapter 2, verses 11-22 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went
out to his people and saw their forced labour. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of
his kinsfolk. He looked this way and that, and seeing no
one he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
When he went out the next day, he saw two Hebrews fighting; and he said to the one who
was in the wrong, ‘Why do you strike your fellow Hebrew?’
He answered, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed
the Egyptian?’ Then Moses was afraid and thought, ‘Surely the thing is known.’
When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses.But Moses fled from Pharaoh. He settled
in the land of Midian, and sat down by a well. The priest of Midian had seven daughters.
They came to draw water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock.
But some shepherds came and drove them away. Moses got up and came to their defence and
watered their flock. When they returned to their father Reuel,
he said, ‘How is it that you have come back so soon today?’
They said, ‘An Egyptian helped us against the shepherds; he even drew water for us and
watered the flock.’ He said to his daughters, ‘Where is he?
Why did you leave the man? Invite him to break bread.’
Moses agreed to stay with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah in marriage.
She bore a son, and he named him Gershom; for he said, ‘I have been an alien residing
in a foreign land.’ Full of compassion and mercy and love
is God, the Most High, the Almighty. Lord almighty and God of our ancestors,
you who made heaven and earth in all their glory: All things tremble with awe at your presence,
before your great and mighty power. Immeasurable and unsearchable is your promised
mercy, for you are God, Most High. You are full of compassion, long-suffering
and very merciful, and you relent at human suffering. O God, according to your great goodness,
you have promised forgiveness for repentance to those who have sinned against you. The sins I have committed against you
are more in number than the sands of the sea. I am not worthy to look up to the height of
heaven, because of the multitude of my iniquities. And now I bend the knee of my heart before
you, imploring your kindness upon me. I have sinned, O God, I have sinned,
and I acknowledge my transgressions. Unworthy as I am, you will save me,
according to your great mercy. For all the host of heaven sings your praise,
and your glory is for ever and ever. 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. Full of compassion and mercy and love
is God, the Most High, the Almighty. A reading from Hebrews, chapter 9, verses
1-14 Now even the first covenant had regulations
for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was constructed, the first one,
in which were the lampstand, the table, and the bread of the Presence; this is called
the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a tent called
the Holy of Holies. In it stood the golden altar of incense and
the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which there were a golden urn
holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;
above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy-seat. Of these things we cannot
speak now in detail. Such preparations having been made, the priests
go continually into the first tent to carry out their ritual duties;
but only the high priest goes into the second, and he but once a year, and not without taking
the blood that he offers for himself and for the sins committed unintentionally by the
people. By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the
way into the sanctuary has not yet been disclosed as long as the first tent is still standing.
This is a symbol of the present time, during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that
cannot perfect the conscience of the worshipper, but deal only with food and drink and various
baptisms, regulations for the body imposed until the time comes to set things right.
But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the
greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation),
he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but
with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies
those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified,
how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself
without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God! [Silence] To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
O my God, in you I trust. You are the God of my salvation,
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. In you I hope all the day long.
O my God, in you I trust. Remember, Lord, your compassion and love,
for they are from everlasting. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
O my God, in you I trust. The Benedictus Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of his servant David. Through his holy prophets God promised of
old to save us from our enemies, from the hands
of all that hate us, To show mercy to our ancestors,
and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath God swore to our father
Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. And you, child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare
his way, To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins. In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us, To shine on those who dwell in darkness and
the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. 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. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Let us pray to God, who alone makes us dwell
in safety: For all who are affected by coronavirus, through
illness or isolation or anxiety, that they may find relief and recovery: Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us. For those who are guiding our nation at this
time, and shaping national policies, that they may make wise decisions: Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us. For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights many will be restored to health: Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us. For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying, that they may know your comfort and peace: Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us. [Silence] We commend ourselves, and all for whom we
pray, to the mercy and protection of God. Merciful Father,
accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. [Silence] Merciful Lord,
absolve your people from their offences, that through your bountiful goodness
we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins
which by our frailty we have committed; grant this, heavenly Father,
for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen. Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your
mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from
your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. [Silence] Trusting in the compassion of God,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us 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, the power and the
glory, for ever and ever. Amen. May God our Redeemer show us
compassion and love. Amen. Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God. Material taken from the church of England
website. © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, 2000-2005
Official Common Worship apps, books and eBooks
are available from Church House Publishing. Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995 Division
of Christian Education of the National The Bible readings (other than the psalms)
are from The New Revised Standard Version, Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.Used by permission. All rights reserved. Implemented by Simon Kershaw at Crucix.
Implementation copyright © Simon Kershaw,2002-2019.

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