Prayer for the Morning
The Spirit of God is our peace.
In joy, let us open our hearts in prayer.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!
Manifest at Jordan’s stream,
Prophet, Priest and King supreme;
And at Cana, wedding guest,
In thy Godhead manifest;
Manifest in power divine,
Changing water into wine;
Anthems be to thee addressed,
God in man made manifest.
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit. (1 Cor 12:4)
Just as our breath is the life of our body, so also the one Spirit of God enlivens the one Body of Christ. Our lives are not our own, though. We live to pour them out in service of God and neighbor, as Christ pours out his life to bring us to life in the water of baptism and the wine of the Eucharist. Let us serve the life and needs of the Body with all our gifts for the praise and glory of God.
Praise God in his holy place,
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his powerful deeds,
praise his surpassing greatness.
O praise him with sound of trumpet,
praise him with lute and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and dance,
praise him with strings and pipes.
O praise him with resounding cymbals,
praise him with clashing of cymbals.
Let everything that lives and that breathes
give praise to the Lord.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. 1 Peter 4:10-11
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them. (Rom 12:6a)
Canticle of Zechariah
Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (Eph 4:7)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
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 who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
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 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…
God’s Spirit joins us together in peace. With joyful hearts we pray:
R/Pour out your Spirit upon us, O Lord!
You have given to your people all life-giving gifts:
– inflame us with your own love for the life and peace of all that is. R/
You have called us to serve as Christ served:
– make us generous in using all our gifts to bring life and peace to all. R/
You have made us heralds of the Gospel:
– teach us to seek in all things the life and peace you will to bring about. R/
O God of all the living, you have breathed your Spirit into our human clay, that we might live. Pour forth upon us daily the gifts we need to sustain life and peace among us, that in all things we may serve your glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.