Morning has broken like the first morning…
—-Eleanor Farjeon, 1931
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 Psalm 133:1
How very good it is when the people of God live in unity.
Prayer Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Power of the eternal Father,
Wisdom of the Son,
enlighten the eye of my understanding.
Tender mercy of the Holy Spirit,
unite my heart to yourself.
restore health to the sick,
and life to the dead.
Give us a voice, your own voice,
to cry out to you for mercy for the world.
You, light, give us light.
You, wisdom, give us wisdom.
You, supreme strength, strengthen us. Amen.
Hymn of the Day
Amazing Grace- this is the choir of Lee University in Cleveland, TN. Listen and pray. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbvgwgG9zOA
Reading of the Day: 1 Peter: 6-14
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
Prayers for self and others
Please pray today for those who are being affected by COVID 19, including Mark Sabala and Marcy Szeliga in their work as nurses, Debbi’s daughter Linda’s neighbors, Star Sims and her sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, all hospitalized with the virus, and the family of Lynn Thygessen, Donna Ardell’s cousin, who has died of the virus. Pray for those who are returning to work this week, that they would be still be able to stay safe and healthy. As we hear of more friends who are directly affected, or who are working in high risk places, we will list them here. Use this time to lift your joys, concerns, and hopes to God.
Now go forth in Jesus name,
remembering his new commandment
to love one another,
just as he has loved us. Amen.
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.