“Thou burning sun with golden beam, Thou silver moon with softer gleam, Alleluia! Alleluia!”
—-Francis of Assisi, 1225
Preparation for worship
Sit in a relaxed position. Take a slow, deep breath (or 2 or 3 or as many as needed) until you feel your body, mind, and soul begin to relax and rest in the Spirit. Take time to reflect as you move through this time of worship…
Opening Sentences Hebrews 1:3
In Jesus Christ we know the glory of God;
he sustains all things by his mighty word.
Prayer Book of Common Worship, PC(USA), 2018
God of grace,
no one is beyond the reach of your love,
or outside your limitless mercy.
Stand with those who are outcast, despised, and rejected;
strengthen them in peace;
encourage them in your presence;
and use them to build on the cornerstone of Christ,
until differences are honored and respected,
and all people together give you glory. Amen.
Hymn of the Day
In the Sun, by Joseph Arthur. Listen and pray.
Reading of the Day Exodus 1: 15-22
15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live. 18 So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” 20 So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. 22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall let every girl live.”
Prayers for self and others
Please pray today for those who are being affected by COVID 19 and by its side effects in our world. Pray for Dr. Marshall Cash, working directly with COVID patients in Shreveport, LA. As we hear of more friends who are directly affected, or who are working in high risk places, we will list them here. Pray today for politicians. They need it. Use this time to lift your joys, concerns, and hopes to God.
May grace and peace be yours in abundance
in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
Becky Downs, pastor of John Knox, started writing daily prayers for the congregation at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, to encourage the congregation in their faith during their time of separation from each other. The daily prayers were posted throughout the year. You might want to choose one a day to read, and modify the specific prayers for self and others to fit your life today.