Year III: Week 1 of Lent

Saturday: Morning Prayer


Lent: First Saturday: This week marked the beginning of the season of Lent, the traditional 40 days of prayer, fasting, reflection and repentance that precedes the great Easter celebrations. Just as Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness learning to overcome the Enemy, so we set this time aside for spiritual warfare and renewal. It is common during this time to imitate the simplicity of Jesus in the wilderness by abstaining from rich foods and strong drink during this season, and to devote extra time to the practice of the spiritual disciplines.


Lord, Open my lips.
And my mouth will give you praise.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


Psalm 67 (Doxology)


An Invocation and a Doxology
To the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us,
That Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.

Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For You shall judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on earth. Selah

Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Then the earth shall yield her increase;
God, our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us,
And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


Psalm 143

An Earnest Appeal for Guidance and Deliverance
A Psalm of David.

Hear my prayer, O Lord,
Give ear to my supplications!
In Your faithfulness answer me,
And in Your righteousness.
Do not enter into judgment with Your servant,
For in Your sight no one living is righteous.

For the enemy has persecuted my soul;
He has crushed my life to the ground;
He has made me dwell in darkness,
Like those who have long been dead.
Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;
My heart within me is distressed.

I remember the days of old;
I meditate on all Your works;
I muse on the work of Your hands.
I spread out my hands to You;
My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Selah

Answer me speedily, O Lord;
My spirit fails!
Do not hide Your face from me,
Lest I be like those who go down into the pit.
Cause me to hear Your loving kindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.

Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;
In You I take shelter.
Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.

Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake!
For Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.
In Your mercy cut off my enemies,
And destroy all those who afflict my soul;
For I am Your servant.


Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


(A time of worship and thanksgiving, led or spontaneous. Alternatively a devotional song may be played and listened to.)


Let us pray for the day and its tasks, for the church and her life, and for the world and its needs.

(You may use these prayers as written or use them as ‘prayer pointers’ for your own spontaneous petitions.

Personal Requests

  • Almighty God, we acknowledge that every new day you give us is due to your love and sheer grace. In this Lenten season, we confess that without you there is no good in us, no wholeness in our being and no virtue in our souls.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For humble hearts to receive your chastening and good soil to receive your seed.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For forgetful memories of wrongs done against us, and easy remembrance of good shown towards us.
    – Lord, have mercy…

Family & Friends

  • Father of all, who dwells in light unapproachable and holiness unquenchable, touch our lips with your holy fire that we may no longer speak as the people of this world but as ambassadors of Christ.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For unkind words, unkind thoughts and unkind social media posts.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For failure to pray for the ‘least of these’. For seeing our friends as objects to be used rather than souls to be cherished.
    – Lord, have mercy…

The Church

  • Lord Jesus, we ask your forgiveness for our careless attitude towards the mission and ministry of your Bride. For praying without thinking, sitting without engaging, singing without worshipping, and attending without being truly present.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For every time we have shown contempt at the gathering of your people by arriving late, unprepared and spiritually cold.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For robbing your House of our tithes, offerings, time and devotion.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For neglecting the Sabbath and lightly esteeming the Lord’s Day. For putting our needs before your commands.
    – Lord, have mercy…

The World

  • Mighty God, forgive the coldness of our hearts towards the desperate needs of the lost. Bring their cry before our ears and their plight before our eyes. Break our hearts from love of the world and consume our hearts for the love of God.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For failure to attend to the call of missions, the cry of the harvest and our sworn duty as your servants.
    – Lord, have mercy…
  • For letting the cares of the world steal the seed of your Word and allowing the desires of the flesh to sabotage the work of your Spirit.
    – Lord, have mercy…


And so we pray…

Our Father in heaven,
Holy is Your Name.
Your Kingdom come.
Your 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 yours is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.


Luke 7:36-50

A Sinful Woman Forgiven

One of the Pharisees asked him to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answering said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he answered, “Say it, Teacher.”

“A certain money-lender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” Then turning towards the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Pause for Reflection…


Principle of discipleship drawn from the book, “The Way of Christ”

The Way of Prayer: The Principle of Contemplative Living.

Aware that quietness and stillness are vital for spiritual life, I determine to build silence and solitude into my week, and the practice of retreat into my schedule. As a follower of the Way of Prayer, I will seek to develop a contemplative lifestyle.

This is The Way of Prayer: The Principle of Contemplative Living.

Pause for Reflection…


And so we make our declaration of faith…

We 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 the grave;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit;
The Holy Worldwide Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting. Amen.


(Either this or an alternative closing prayer may be said.)

God of burning, cleansing flame,
Before whom earth and heaven flee away,
And no place is found for them,
Break our hearts with our sin,
And build our lives with your love.
That, fully restored we may reflect,
The face of Christ, who lives and reigns with you,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever. Amen


(When praying in community, this or a similar blessing may be used)

And may the light of the glorious gospel of Christ,
Shine in your hearts and fill your lives,
With His joy and peace. Amen

Psalms taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Other Scripture taken from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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