August 3, 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 - 

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)

- 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
You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. 
(1 Corinthians 6:11, 19-20)

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 69
To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. Of David.

    Save me, O God!
        For the waters have come up to my neck.
    I sink in deep mire,
        where there is no foothold;
    I have come into deep waters,
        and the flood sweeps over me.
    I am weary with my crying out;
        my throat is parched.
    My eyes grow dim
        with waiting for my God.    
    More in number than the hairs of my head
        are those who hate me without cause;
    mighty are those who would destroy me,
        those who attack me with lies.
    What I did not steal
        must I now restore?
    O God, you know my folly;
        the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.    
    Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me,
        O Lord GOD of hosts;
    let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me,
        O God of Israel.
    For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach,
        that dishonor has covered my face.
    I have become a stranger to my brothers,
        an alien to my mother's sons.    
    For zeal for your house has consumed me,
        and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
    When I wept and humbled my soul with fasting,
        it became my reproach.
    When I made sackcloth my clothing,
        I became a byword to them.
    I am the talk of those who sit in the gate,
        and the drunkards make songs about me.    
    But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD.
        At an acceptable time, O God,
        in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
    Deliver me
        from sinking in the mire;
    let me be delivered from my enemies
        and from the deep waters.
    Let not the flood sweep over me,
        or the deep swallow me up,
        or the pit close its mouth over me.    
    Answer me, O LORD, for your steadfast love is good;
        according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
    Hide not your face from your servant,
        for I am in distress; make haste to answer me.
    Draw near to my soul, redeem me;
        ransom me because of my enemies!    
    You know my reproach,
        and my shame and my dishonor;
        my foes are all known to you.
    Reproaches have broken my heart,
        so that I am in despair.
    I looked for pity, but there was none,
        and for comforters, but I found none.
    They gave me poison for food,
        and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.    
    Let their own table before them become a snare;
        and when they are at peace, let it become a trap.
    Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see,
        and make their loins tremble continually.
    Pour out your indignation upon them,
        and let your burning anger overtake them.
    May their camp be a desolation;
        let no one dwell in their tents.
    For they persecute him whom you have struck down,
        and they recount the pain of those you have wounded.
    Add to them punishment upon punishment;
        may they have no acquittal from you.
    Let them be blotted out of the book of the living;
        let them not be enrolled among the righteous.    
    But I am afflicted and in pain;
        let your salvation, O God, set me on high!    
    I will praise the name of God with a song;
        I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
    This will please the LORD more than an ox
        or a bull with horns and hoofs.
    When the humble see it they will be glad;
        you who seek God, let your hearts revive.
    For the LORD hears the needy
        and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.    
    Let heaven and earth praise him,
        the seas and everything that moves in them.
    For God will save Zion
        and build up the cities of Judah,
    and people shall dwell there and possess it;
        the offspring of his servants shall inherit it,
        and those who love his name shall dwell in it.

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 - Judges 5:1–18
Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day:

    “That the leaders took the lead in Israel,
        that the people offered themselves willingly,
        bless the LORD!    
    “Hear, O kings; give ear, O princes;
        to the LORD I will sing;
        I will make melody to the LORD, the God of Israel.    
    “LORD, when you went out from Seir,
        when you marched from the region of Edom,
    the earth trembled
        and the heavens dropped,
        yes, the clouds dropped water.
    The mountains quaked before the LORD,
        even Sinai before the LORD, the God of Israel.    
    “In the days of Shamgar, son of Anath,
        in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned,
        and travelers kept to the byways.
    The villagers ceased in Israel;
        they ceased to be until I arose;
        I, Deborah, arose as a mother in Israel.
    When new gods were chosen,
        then war was in the gates.
    Was shield or spear to be seen
        among forty thousand in Israel?
    My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel
        who offered themselves willingly among the people.
        Bless the LORD.    
    “Tell of it, you who ride on white donkeys,
        you who sit on rich carpets
        and you who walk by the way.
    To the sound of musicians at the watering places,
        there they repeat the righteous triumphs of the LORD,
        the righteous triumphs of his villagers in Israel.    
    “Then down to the gates marched the people of the LORD.    
    “Awake, awake, Deborah!
        Awake, awake, break out in a song!
    Arise, Barak, lead away your captives,
        O son of Abinoam.
    Then down marched the remnant of the noble;
        the people of the LORD marched down for me against the mighty.
    From Ephraim their root they marched down into the valley,
        following you, Benjamin, with your kinsmen;
    from Machir marched down the commanders,
        and from Zebulun those who bear the lieutenant's staff;
    the princes of Issachar came with Deborah,
        and Issachar faithful to Barak;
        into the valley they rushed at his heels.
    Among the clans of Reuben
        there were great searchings of heart.
    Why did you sit still among the sheepfolds,
        to hear the whistling for the flocks?
    Among the clans of Reuben
        there were great searchings of heart.
    Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan;
        and Dan, why did he stay with the ships?
    Asher sat still at the coast of the sea,
        staying by his landings.
    Zebulun is a people who risked their lives to the death;
        Naphtali, too, on the heights of the field.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

New Testament - Acts 2:1-21

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

    “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
    that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
    and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
        and your young men shall see visions,
        and your old men shall dream dreams;
    even on my male servants and female servants
        in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
    And I will show wonders in the heavens above
        and signs on the earth below,
        blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
    the sun shall be turned to darkness
        and the moon to blood,
        before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
    And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

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 - O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe, That in thine ocean depths its flow May richer, fuller be.

O Light that followest all my way,
I yield my flickering torch to thee;
My heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.

O Cross that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be.

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 Eleventh Week of Pentecost
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; 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.

Blessing - 2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all. 

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 70, PAGES 488-494. 

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