Morning Prayer

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

August 2nd, 2020

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We invite you to, as much as possible, kneel, sit, stand, and participate with your body and voice just as you would in our physical assembly.

opening song

The people stand.

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Words: Walter Chambers Smith, 1867; Music: St. Denio

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
All praise we would render; O help us to see
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.

opening sentence

OFFICIANT 
Thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

Isaiah 57:15

confession of sin

The people kneel.

OFFICIANT
Let us humbly confess our sins to Almighty God.

ALL
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

OFFICIANT  
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.

The people stand.

invitatory

OFFICIANT      O Lord, open our lips;

PEOPLE            And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

OFFICIANT      O God, make speed to save us;

PEOPLE            O Lord, make haste to help us.

OFFICIANT      Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

PEOPLE            As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

OFFICIANT      Praise the Lord.

PEOPLE            The Lord’s Name be praised.

congregational song

Our Great God
Fernando Ortega

Eternal God, unchanging, mysterious and unknown,
Your boundless love unfailing, in grace and mercy shown,
Bright seraphim in ceaseless flight around your glorious throne,
They raise their voices day and night in praise to you alone.

Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!
Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!

Lord, we are weak and frail, helpless in the storm.
Surround us with your angels, hold us in your arms.
Our cold and ruthless enemy, his pleasure is our harm;
Rise up, O Lord, and he will flee before our sovereign God.

Let every creature in the sea, and every flying bird,
Let every mountain, every field and valley of the earth,
Let all the moons and all the stars in all the universe
Sing praises to the living God who rules them by his Word.

The people sit.

welcome

announcements

Kids’ Quest Fall Startup

Beginning Sept. 13th | Contact Terrice for more info!

Baptisms

Respond by Aug. 23rd | Contact Carolyn for details!

Opportunities to Serve

Youth Ministry | Contact Amy!

Childrens’ Ministry | Contact Terrice!

Sunday Prayer Teams | Contact Claire!

Fuller Formation Cohort

Beginning Sept. 25th | Register here!

Responding to Racial Injustice

Resources and letters from Fr. Cliff and our Bishop | Visit the page…

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children’s sermon

Let the Flame Burn Brighter

Let the flame burn brighter
In the heart of the darkness
Turning night to glorious day
Let the song grow louder
As our love grows stronger
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Terrice’s video

the psalm appointed

The people stand.

LECTOR     Let us pray Psalm 145 responsively by half verse.

8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, *
  slow to anger and of great kindness.

9 The Lord is loving to everyone *
  and his compassion is over all his works.

15 The Lord upholds all those who fall; *
  he lifts up those who are bowed down.

16 The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, *
  and you give them their food in due season.

17 You open wide your hand *
  and satisfy the needs of every living creature.

18 The Lord is righteous in all his ways *
  and loving in all his works.

19 The Lord is near to those who call upon him, *
  to all who call upon him faithfully.

20 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; *
  he hears their cry and helps them.

21 The Lord preserves all those who love him, *
  but he destroys all the wicked.

22 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; *
  let all flesh bless his holy Name for ever and ever.

Psalm 145:8–9, 15–22

ALL     Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
             as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

the lesson

LECTOR  A reading from the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Colossians.

3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3:1–4 (ESV)

LECTOR     The Word of the Lord.
PEOPLE     Thanks be to God.

The people sit.

the homily

the apostles’ creed

The people stand.

ALL

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
        and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
        was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again 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.

the prayers

The people kneel or stand.

LECTOR    The Lord is here.

PEOPLE     And his Spirit is with us.

LECTOR    Let us pray.

ALL
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, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

ALL
Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your grace that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

For the peace of the whole world, and for the well-being and unity of the people of God.

Silence is kept.  

Lord, in your mercy;  Hear our prayer.

For Foley Beach, our Archbishop, and Todd Hunter, our Bishop, and for all the clergy and people of our Diocese and Congregation.

Silence is kept.  

Lord, in your mercy;  Hear our prayer.

For all those who proclaim the Gospel at home and abroad; and for all who teach and disciple others. We especially remember those worshiping and serving at Church Under the Bridge this morning, including those sent from our own congregation.

Silence is kept.  

Lord, in your mercy;  Hear our prayer.

For our brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted for their faith.

Silence is kept.  

Lord, in your mercy;  Hear our prayer.

For our nation, for those in authority, and for all in public service.

Silence is kept.  

Lord, in your mercy;  Hear our prayer.

For all those who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity.   

Silence is kept.  

Lord, in your mercy;  Hear our prayer.

For all those who have departed this life in the certain hope of the resurrection, in thanksgiving let us pray.     

Silence is kept.  

Lord, in your mercy;  Hear our prayer.

LECTOR     I invite you to take a moment to add your own prayers, silently or out loud.

Silence is kept for the people to offer their own prayers.

Suggested prayer topics:

    • For an end to the pandemic.
    • For those who are especially vulnerable: physically, financially, in terms of mental health, etc.
    • For the Spirit’s leading and empowerment of our parish to faithfully love and serve our neighbors in all our various contexts.

Loving God, hasten the day when the virus will have run its course; quicken scientists to develop medications and vaccines; give wisdom and strategic vision to all public and elected leaders in governments throughout the world; call out the best instincts of your people—love, neighborliness, compassion, and a sense of caring for every member of your beloved community on Earth. We pray out of the depths to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Prayer for Spiritual Communion:

ALL 
Dear Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you, together with all your faithful people, and I embrace you with all the affections of my soul. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

The people sit.

the passing of the peace

On a typical Sunday when we are physically together, we pass the peace of the Lord to each other simply by turning to those around us and saying, “The peace of Christ to you,” or “God’s peace.” We would like to invite you now to pass the peace not only to those who may be sitting with you at home, but also to friends and loved ones who are in other locations, perhaps through a text or other messaging app.

CELEBRANT    The peace of the Lord be always with you.
PEOPLE             And also with you.

Birthday names are read.

prayer for birthdays

Watch over thy children, O Lord, as their days increase; bless and guide them wherever they may be. Strengthen them when they stand; comfort them when discouraged or sorrowful; raise them up if they fall; and in their hearts may thy peace which passes all understanding abide all the days of their lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Anniversary names are read.

prayer for anniversaries

O God, you have so blessed the covenant of marriage that in it is represented the spiritual unity between Christ and his Church: Send your blessing upon these your children, that their lives together may continue to reflect your love and forgiveness and that their home may be a haven of blessing and peace; we pray in Christ’s name. Amen.

offering & congregational songs

CELEBRANT    Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.

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Before the Throne of God Above
Charitie Lees Bancroft and Vikki Cook

Before the throne of God above,
I have a strong, a perfect plea,
A great High Priest whose name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on his hands,
My name is written on his heart;
I know that while in heaven he stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see him there,
Who made an end to all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on him and pardon me.
To look on him and pardon me.

Behold him there! the risen Lamb,
My perfect, spotless Righteousness,
The great unchangeable I Am,
The King of glory and of grace!
One with himself, I cannot die,
My soul is purchased by his blood;
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ, my Savior and my God
With Christ, my Savior and my God

The General Thanksgiving
Ryan Flanigan, 2016

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, 
Here we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks,
For you are good and full of loving-kindness, 
Pouring out your love to us and all whom you have made. 
We bless you, Lord,
For our creation, preservation, and the blessings of this life; 
But most of all for your immeasurable love,
The redemption of the world by Jesus Christ; 
For the means of grace, and the hope of glory.

And give us such awareness of your mercies, 
That with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, 
Not only with our lips, but in our whole lives, 
Giving up our selves to serve you, walking in your ways,
In holiness and righteousness all of our days; 
And now through Jesus Christ our Lord, 
To whom, with you and with the Holy Spirit raise
All the honor and the praise forevermore. Amen. Amen.

the dismissal

OFFICIANT     Let us bless the Lord.

PEOPLE           Thanks be to God.

OFFICIANT    
Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

We Will Feast in the House of Zion
Sandra McCracken

We will feast in the house of Zion
We will sing with our hearts restored
“He has done great things,” we will say together
We will feast and weep no more

We will not be burned by the fire
He is the Lord our God
We are not consumed by the flood
Upheld, protected, gathered up

In the dark of night, before the dawn
My soul, be not afraid
For the promised morning, O how long?
O God of Jacob, be my strength

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed
You are the Faithful One
And from the garden to the grave
Bind us together, bring Shalom

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Receive Prayer Today

At the end of the service today, you can receive prayer from the prayer team by calling in or by video conference: Click here for Zoom video conferencing  -OR- Voice-only call +1-346-248-7799 and when prompted, enter meeting ID: 846 7956 2368

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