May 30, 2018


Season of Pentecost

As you enter into this Morning Prayer, remember that God is with you and ready to speak to you because he loves you. Enjoy the presence of your Lord and Savior. Pray as you are able: use the entire email or for a shorter time of prayer, be led through all five sections but focus on one element in each of the sections. 

- Calling - 

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8)


- Confession - 

Prayer of Repentance
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Almighty and merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your 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 you, O Lord, have mercy upon us miserable offenders. Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to the world in Christ Jesus, our Lord. And grant, O merciful God, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous and sober life,  to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

(Pause for a time of silent confession)

Words of Assurance
The Lord God said: “A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh”   (Ezekiel 36:26)

The Invitation
(An invitation to praise God after confession and prior to the daily Psalm(s) and Lessons)

O Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
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!

Alleluia. The earth is the Lord's for he made it: O come, let us adore him. Alleluia.


- Constitution - 

Morning Psalm(s) - Psalm 38
A Psalm of David, for the memorial offering.

    O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger,
        nor discipline me in your wrath!
    For your arrows have sunk into me,
        and your hand has come down on me.    
    There is no soundness in my flesh
        because of your indignation;
    there is no health in my bones
        because of my sin.
    For my iniquities have gone over my head;
        like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.    
    My wounds stink and fester
        because of my foolishness,
    I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
        all the day I go about mourning.
    For my sides are filled with burning,
        and there is no soundness in my flesh.
    I am feeble and crushed;
        I groan because of the tumult of my heart.    
    O Lord, all my longing is before you;
        my sighing is not hidden from you.
    My heart throbs; my strength fails me,
        and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
    My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague,
        and my nearest kin stand far off.    
    Those who seek my life lay their snares;
        those who seek my hurt speak of ruin
        and meditate treachery all day long.    
    But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear,
        like a mute man who does not open his mouth.
    I have become like a man who does not hear,
        and in whose mouth are no rebukes.    
    But for you, O LORD, do I wait;
        it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
    For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me,
        who boast against me when my foot slips!”    
    For I am ready to fall,
        and my pain is ever before me.
    I confess my iniquity;
        I am sorry for my sin.
    But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty,
        and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
    Those who render me evil for good
        accuse me because I follow after good.    
    Do not forsake me, O LORD!
        O my God, be not far from me!
    Make haste to help me,
        O Lord, my salvation!

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

Old Testament - Proverbs 17:1-20

    Better is a dry morsel with quiet
        than a house full of feasting with strife.
    A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully
        and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
    The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
        and the LORD tests hearts.
    An evildoer listens to wicked lips,
        and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.
    Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;
        he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
    Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,
        and the glory of children is their fathers.
    Fine speech is not becoming to a fool;
        still less is false speech to a prince.
    A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of the one who gives it;
        wherever he turns he prospers.
    Whoever covers an offense seeks love,
        but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
    A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding
        than a hundred blows into a fool.
    An evil man seeks only rebellion,
        and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
    Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs
        rather than a fool in his folly.
    If anyone returns evil for good,
        evil will not depart from his house.
    The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
        so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
    He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous
        are both alike an abomination to the LORD.
    Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom
        when he has no sense?
    A friend loves at all times,
        and a brother is born for adversity.
    One who lacks sense gives a pledge
        and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor.
    Whoever loves transgression loves strife;
        he who makes his door high seeks destruction.
    A man of crooked heart does not discover good,
        and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

New Testament - 1 Timothy 3

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:

    He was manifested in the flesh,
        vindicated by the Spirit,
            seen by angels,
    proclaimed among the nations,
        believed on in the world,
            taken up in glory. 

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Slowly read one or more of the lessons again... did a word or phrase catch your eye or move your heart...meditate on it and pray your thoughts, desires, needs, and feelings.

A Song of Response - Thy Mercy, My God

Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart. and the boast of my tongue;
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affections, and bound my soul fast

Without Thy sweet mercy I could not live here;
Sin would reduce me to utter despair;
But, through Thy free goodness, my spirits revive,
And He that first made me still keeps me alive.

Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart;
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground,
And weep to the praise of the mercy I’ve found.

Alleluia, Alleluia

Great Father of mercies, Thy goodness I own,
And the covenant love of Thy crucified Son;
All praise to the Spirit, Whose whisper divine
Seals mercy, and pardon, and righteousness mine

Alleluia, Alleluia

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 Apostle's Creed
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 Spirit, 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 is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


- Communion - 

The Lord's Prayer
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 debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Prayers of Thanksgiving & Petitions
Take this time to offer personal prayers.
Where have you seen the Lord faithfully at work this past week?
Where do you hope to see the Lord's help and healing this coming week?
What prayers can you offer for our church, neighborhood, nation, and world?

A Collect for the Second Week of Pentecost
Grant, O Lord, that the course of this world may be peaceably governed by your providence; and that your Church may joyfully serve you in confidence and serenity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


- Commission - 

The General Thanksgiving
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. We pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

May the God of love, who shared his love,
strengthen us in our love for others.
May the Son who shared his life
grant us grace, that we might share our life.
And may the Holy Spirit dwelling in us
empower us to be only and always for others.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


- Family Devotion- 

If you have children, below are two suggestions to help your family create a daily habit of prayer and Bible reading, meditation, and application. Use these suggestions as guides for your specific family situation and the ages of each of your children. Corporate times around the table (like breakfast or dinner) or during bedtime routines may be good times for your family.

Suggestion 1
For a family devotion follow the Calling - Commission flow: 

Calling - Remind your children that God loves them and is with them.                   

Cleansing - Together and/or individually pray your own prayer of repentance or use the corporate prayer of repentance. Remind them that Jesus died on the cross for their sins and rose from the dead, that their sins are forgiven and Jesus now reigns as their king.

Constitution - Read one or more of the appointed readings. Then ask them some follow up questions like: (Read) What does this passage say?  (Think) What does this passage mean? (Live) How does this passage apply to us today? In addition to an appointed reading, you can also read a children's Bible, like The Jesus Storybook Bible.   

Communion - Then pray thanksgivings & petitions and/or The Lord's Prayer. 

Commission - Close by saying the Blessing over your children.

Suggestion 2
For those families going through the 10-minute family devotional Old Story New, this week we are on WEEK 61, PAGES 427-433. 

Close your time with prayers of repentance, thanksgiving, petitions, and/or The Lord's Prayer.