Daily Morning Prayer for Epiphanytide: Saturday January 14


Daily Morning Prayer for Epiphanytide

from Daily Prayer for All Seasons


Opening

Your word is a lamp to our feet
and a light for our path.

Prayer

Insistent God, by night and day you summon your slumbering people: So stir us with your voice and enlighten our lives with your grace that we give ourselves fully to Christ’s call to mission and ministry. Amen.

Praise

Psalm 27:1, 5-6, 10-11 43

God is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?
God is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?
One thing have I asked of you, O God; one thing I seek:
that I may dwell in your house all the days of my life,
To behold your fair beauty, O God, and to seek you in your temple.
Hearken to my voice, O Most High, when I call;
have mercy on me and answer me.
You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.”
Your face, O God, will I seek.

Scripture

Mark 2:23-3:6

One sabbath he was going through the cornfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?’ And he said to them, ‘Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.’ Then he said to them, ‘The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.’
Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Come forward.’ Then he said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?’ But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Meditation

“Do not think that saintliness comes from occupation; it depends rather on what one is. The kind of work we do does not make us holy, but we
may make it holy.” Meister Eckhart (1260-1329)

What work will we do today?
How will we make it holy?

Affirmation

We are not alone;
we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.

Prayers

Jesus, you are the light of the world:
May your light open our eyes to see those in need.

Jesus, you are the light of the world:
May the works of our lives demonstrate your love.

Jesus, you are the light of the world:
May your wisdom enlighten our decisions.

Jesus, you are the light of the world,
hear the prayers of our hearts:

As you enlighten our lives,
May we be light for others.

Lord’s Prayer

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. 
Save us from the time of trial, 
     and deliver us from evil. 
For the kingdom, the power, 
     and the glory are yours, 
     now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer

Open our eyes that we may see. Incline our hearts that we may desire. Order our steps that we may follow the way of your commandments. Amen.

Going Out

Your word is a lamp to our feet
and a light for our path.


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