Thursday, September 15, 2005

Morning Prayer

Come, O Lord, like morning sunlight,
Making all life new and free;
For the daily task and challenge
May we rise renewed in Thee.

Come, O Lord, like ocean flood-tides,
Flowing inland from the sea;
As the waters fill the shallows,
May our souls be filled with Thee.

Come, O Lord, like mountain breezes,
Freshening life in vale and lea;
In the heat and stress of duty
May our souls find strength in Thee.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear,
though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried
into the midst of the sea;

Dearest Lord, we pray for our Church. Fill it with all truth, Fill it all in all with truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Savior.

Dearest Lord, you are the source of every good and perfect gift: Send down upon our people -- our ministers and other clergy, and upon the congregations in their charge, the your spirit full of grace; and, that they may truly please you, pour out upon them the dew of your blessing. Amen.

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