Morning Prayer: Thursday 20 March 2014

March 20, 2014

Thursday after Second Sunday of Lent Week of Lent 2

Returning to God

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 shall be for ever.



O God, you are my God;*
eagerly I seek you. (Ps. 63.1)



O come let us sing out to the Lord,*
let us shout in triumph to the rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his face with thanksgiving*
and cry out to him joyfully in psalms.

For the Lord is a great God,*
and a great king above all gods.

In his hands are the depths of the earth,*
and the peaks of the mountains are his also.

The sea is his and he made it;*
his hands moulded dry land.

Come let us worship and bow down,*
and kneel before the Lord our maker.

For he himself is our God;*
we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.

Today if only you would hear his voice:*
‘Do not harden your hearts as Israel did in the wilderness;

when your fathers tested me;*
put me to proof though they had seen my works.

Of whom I swore in my wrath:*
“They shall not enter my rest.”’


Glory to the Father… (may be said by all)


or (from Psalm 63)


My soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,*
as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.

For your loving-kindness is better than life itself;*
my lips shall give you praise.

For you have been my helper,*
and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.

My soul clings to you;*
your right hand holds me fast.

Glory to the Father…

or a suitable hymn

Psalm 61

 Hear my cry, O God,*
and listen to my prayer.

I call upon you from the ends of the earth with heaviness in my heart;*
set me upon the rock that is higher than I.

For you have been my refuge,*
a strong tower against the enemy.

I will dwell in your house for ever;*
I will take refuge under the cover of your wings.

For you, O God, have heard my vows;*
you have granted me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Add length of days to the king’s life;*
let his years extend over many generations.

Let him sit enthroned before God for ever;*
bid love and faithfulness watch over him.

So will I always sing the praise of your name,*
and day by day I will fulfil my vows.

God of our salvation, when we are depressed and fearful, teach us the way of quiet confidence and hope. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

Conclusion (from Ezekiel 36)

I will gather you from every country,*
and bring you home to your own land.

I will pour clean water over you,*
and cleanse you from your idols.

A new heart I will give you,*
and put a new spirit within you.

I will take from your body the heart of stone.*
and give you a heart of flesh.

I will put my spirit within you.*
and make you walk in my ways and observe my decrees.

You will live in the land that I gave to your forebears;*
you will be my people and I will be your God.

Glory to the Father…


O God, you are my God;*
eagerly I seek you.


Genesis 42:29-38

 When they came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying, ‘The man, the lord of the land, spoke harshly to us, and charged us with spying on the land. But we said to him, “We are honest men, we are not spies. We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is no more, and the youngest is now with our father in the land of Canaan.” Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, “By this I shall know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me, take grain for the famine of your households, and go your way. Bring your youngest brother to me, and I shall know that you are not spies but honest men. Then I will release your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.” ’

As they were emptying their sacks, there in each one’s sack was his bag of money. When they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were dismayed. And their father Jacob said to them, ‘I am the one you have bereaved of children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin. All this has happened to me!’ Then Reuben said to his father, ‘You may kill my two sons if I do not bring hi

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

 ‘All things are lawful for me’, but not all things are beneficial. ‘All things are lawful for me’, but I will not be dominated by anything. ‘Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food’, and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, ‘The two shall be one flesh.’ But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.


Response (Ps. 6.4)

Turn, O Lord, and deliver me.
Turn, O Lord, and deliver me.

Save me for your mercy’s sake.
And deliver me.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Turn, O Lord, and deliver me.



Benedictus Antiphon:  If you hear his voice,*harden not your hearts. (Ps. 95.7)

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,*
for he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,*
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old*
that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all that hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our forebears,*
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:*
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

free to worship him without fear,*
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You my child shall be called the prophet of the Most High,*
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

to give his people knowledge of salvation*
by the forgiveness of all their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God*
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,*
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father… (may be said by all)


Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Do not bring us to to the time of trial,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross, give us faith to perceive his glory, that being strengthened by his grace we may be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

God most holy, we give you thanks for bringing us out of the shadow of night into the light of morning; and we ask you for the joy of spending this day in your service, so that when evening comes, we may once more give you thanks, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.


Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

The Lord bless us and preserve us from all evil;
and bring us to life eternal. Amen.