Year III: Week 5 of Easter

Sunday: Morning Prayer

ABOUT TODAY

We are currently in the season of Eastertide. Easter is the annual celebration of the resurrection of the Lord, and has been observed from the earliest days of the church. In the Jewish calendar, Jesus died during the Passover Feast, and the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost, 50 days later. The church follows this sequence of events, with the season of Eastertide occupying the 50 days between the two great festivals.


CALL TO WORSHIP

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

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


INVITATORY PSALM:

Psalm 100 (Jubilate Deo)

All:

A Song of Praise for the Lord’s Faithfulness to His People
A Psalm of Thanksgiving.

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

All:
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


MORNING PSALM

Psalm 105:1-24

The Eternal Faithfulness of the Lord

Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,
O seed of Abraham His servant,
You children of Jacob, His chosen ones!

He is the Lord our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.
He remembers His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations,
The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac,
And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
As the allotment of your inheritance,”
When they were few in number,
Indeed very few, and strangers in it.

When they went from one nation to another,
From one kingdom to another people,
He permitted no one to do them wrong;
Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes,
Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.”

Moreover He called for a famine in the land;
He destroyed all the provision of bread.
He sent a man before them—
Joseph—who was sold as a slave.
They hurt his feet with fetters,
He was laid in irons.
Until the time that his word came to pass,
The word of the Lord tested him.
The king sent and released him,
The ruler of the people let him go free.
He made him lord of his house,
And ruler of all his possessions,
To bind his princes at his pleasure,
And teach his elders wisdom.

Israel also came into Egypt,
And Jacob dwelt in the land of Ham.
He increased His people greatly,
And made them stronger than their enemies.

All:
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


WORSHIP

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


PRAYER & INTERCESSION

Reader:
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 give you praise for this day of celebration in your House. Open our lips to praise the Risen Saviour and open our hearts to receive your love. Make me a witness to the world, an ambassador to the broken and a servant to your people.
    – Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again…
  • For strength to overcome sin, self and Satan and for power to walk the world in white.
    – Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again…
  • That the high praises of God may be in our mouths, the compassion of Christ be in our eyes and the sword of the Spirit be in our hands.
    – Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again…

Family & Friends

  • Heavenly Father we thank you for your favour that you have lavished upon us, and that the blessing of Abraham has been extended to us. We declare that all our needs are met according to your riches in glory.
    – Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again…
  • We declare that all our sicknesses are healed by the one who rose with healing in his wings.
    – Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again…
  • We declare that all our children are blessed of God, and shall surely inherit the land.
    – Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again…
  • We declare that all our guilt and shame has been dealt with, and our sins that were red as crimson have been made as white as snow.
    – Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again…

The Church

  • Lord Jesus, we thank you for your people, the resurrection community, the new creation. Let your Spirit flow freely today from hearts on fire with divine love, and let the rivers of life overflow the banks as we gather this morning.
    – Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again…
  • For churches across the nation. Revive, renew and restore your people. Come quickly to your temple and make yourself known!
    – Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again…
  • For Christians across the world. Unite what sin has divided and break down the walls of separation.
    – Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again…

The World

  • God of grace, let waters flow in the desert and streams in the wilderness! May the barren places blossom and the desolate places sing for joy. May East and West, North and South experience the greatest outpouring of your Holy Spirit in history.
    – Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again…
  • For the empowering of missionary organisations, church planters, ministers of mercy and all those being called into service in a foreign field…
    – Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again…
  • For the unreached millions, the untouched multitudes and the unloved masses.
    – Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again…


THE LORD’S
PRAYER

Reader:
And so we pray…

All:
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.


GOSPEL READING

Mark 6:14-29

The Death of John the Baptist

King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because he had married her. For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.

But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. For when Herodias’s daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.”And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

Reader:
The Word of the Lord.
All:
Thanks be to God.


Pause for Reflection…

READING: THE WAY OF CHRIST (Optional)

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

Reader:
The Way of Humility: The Principle of The Meek Heart

Conscious that in humility lays great virtue, I choose to adopt a meek heart towards my brothers and sisters and reject all haughtiness and arrogance of attitude. As a follower of the Way of Humility, I recognise the damage human pride produces, and determine to live a life that places others before myself; shunning self-promotion, self-aggrandisement or self-glorification.

All:
This is The Way of Humility: The Principle of The Meek Heart.


Pause for Reflection…


THE APOSTLES CREED

Reader:
And so we make our declaration of faith…

All:
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.


COLLECT

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

God of Life, who for our redemption,
Gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross,
And by his glorious resurrection,
Has delivered us from the power of our enemy:
Grant us so to die daily to sin,
That we may evermore live with him in the joy of his risen life;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


BLESSING

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

And may God the Holy Spirit,
Whom the risen Lord breathed into his disciples,
Empower you and fill you with Christ’s 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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