Year V: Week 5 of Easter

Friday: 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 67 (Deus misereatur)

All:

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.

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 112

Praise the Lord!

How joyful are those who fear the Lord
    and delight in obeying his commands.
Their children will be successful everywhere;
    an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
They themselves will be wealthy,
    and their good deeds will last forever.
Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
    They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
Good comes to those who lend money generously
    and conduct their business fairly.
Such people will not be overcome by evil.
    Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
They do not fear bad news;
    they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
They are confident and fearless
    and can face their foes triumphantly.
They share freely and give generously to those in need.
    Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
    They will have influence and honor.
The wicked will see this and be infuriated.
    They will grind their teeth in anger;
    they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.

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

  • Mighty Lord, we come to the weekend with thanks for your keeping and sustaining power. In Christ we are more than overcomers and in you we have received all that we need for life and godliness. May we know your presence within and your boldness without.
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…
  • Thank you that in Him the promises of God are Yes, and in him are Amen, to the glory of God through us.
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…
  • Thank you that we are the righteousness of God in Him, who became sin for us.
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…
  • Thank you that in Him we are a new creation; old things have passed away and all things have become new!
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…

Family & Friends

  • Lord Jesus, you have called our families to be partakers of the Covenant and that in Him was life and that life was the light of men. As I dwell in Him, may I be a light to my family today, that they may see Christ in me and worship Christ in Heaven.
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…
  • Thank you for choosing us in Him before the foundation of the world. May our homes be a place fit for the King to dwell.
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…
  • Thank you that in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him you have reconciled all things. Make me a minister of reconciliation today!
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…

The Church

  • Thank you that your church is complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power. May there be no lack, no division, no fear and no trace of sin in your body today.
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…
  • Thank you that even as we have received Christ, so you call us to walk in Him. Cause your church to walk in faith today and so produce the greater works that you spoke of.
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…
  • Thank you that in Him, we are built together as a habitation of God through the Holy Spirit. Restore your holy habitation O God and make your dwelling place glorious!
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…

The World

  • Lord Jesus, all creation is groaning in birth-pains, waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God. Revive your work, O God, your mighty arm, make bare! Speak with the voice that wakes the dead, and make your people hear!
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…
  • For the continent of Australasia and the Pacific Islands. Thank you for the mighty work of the 19th century missionaries here and for the legacy of their sacrifice. Raise up man and women to take the work forward!
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…
  • Bring the scriptures to the hundreds of languages in the Pacific that currently have no translation.
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…
  • For the stemming of the tide of secularism on the mainland, and understanding between people’s separated by ethnicity and economics.
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…
  • Father, we pray for wisdom for decision makers at this time – leaders, doctors, scientists and politicians. Holy Spirit bring wisdom.
             – For in Him we live and move and have our being…


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 8:1-21

More than Four Thousand People Fed

Another time there was a great crowd with Jesus that had nothing to eat. So Jesus called his followers and said, “I feel sorry for these people, because they have already been with me for three days, and they have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will faint on the way. Some of them live a long way from here.”

Jesus’ followers answered, “How can we get enough bread to feed all these people? We are far away from any town.”

Jesus asked, “How many loaves of bread do you have?”

They answered, “Seven.”

Jesus told the people to sit on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, gave thanks to God, and divided the bread. He gave the pieces to his followers to give to the people, and they did so. The followers also had a few small fish. After Jesus gave thanks for the fish, he told his followers to give them to the people also. All the people ate and were satisfied. Then his followers filled seven baskets with the leftover pieces of food. There were about four thousand people who ate. After they had eaten, Jesus sent them home. Then right away he got into a boat with his followers and went to the area of Dalmanutha.

The Leaders Ask for a Miracle

The Pharisees came to Jesus and began to ask him questions. Hoping to trap him, they asked Jesus for a miracle from God. Jesus sighed deeply and said, “Why do you people ask for a miracle as a sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to you.” Then Jesus left the Pharisees and went in the boat to the other side of the lake.

Guard Against Wrong Teachings

His followers had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat; they had forgotten to bring more. Jesus warned them, “Be careful! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.”

His followers discussed the meaning of this, saying, “He said this because we have no bread.”

Knowing what they were talking about, Jesus asked them, “Why are you talking about not having bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your minds closed? You have eyes, but you don’t really see. You have ears, but you don’t really listen. Remember when I divided five loaves of bread for the five thousand? How many baskets did you fill with leftover pieces of food?”

They answered, “Twelve.”

“And when I divided seven loaves of bread for the four thousand, how many baskets did you fill with leftover pieces of food?”

They answered, “Seven.”

Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand yet?”

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 Self Denial.

Remembering that Christ himself taught that we should, “deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow”, I gladly embrace a life of self-denial. As a follower of the Way of Humility, I determine to live in such a way that is an imitation of Christ; denying all selfish, inordinate and unhealthy desires of the body and mind in order that the life of Christ may be truly known.

All:
This is The Way of Humility: The Principle of Self Denial.


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.)

Risen Christ, who filled your disciples with boldness and hope:
Strengthen us to proclaim your risen life,
And fill us with your peace,
To the glory of God the Father. Amen.


BLESSING

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

And may Christ,
Who out of seeming defeat brings new hope,
Fill you with faith and hope this day. Amen.


Psalms in Bold – Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved

All other Psalms – Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

All other Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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