Monday, March 20, 2006

Morning Prayer

Every morning mercies new
Fall as fresh as morning dew;
Every morning let us pay
Tribute with the early day:
For your mercies, God, are sure;
Your compassion does endure.

Still the greatness of your love
Daily does our sins remove;
Daily, far as east from west,
Lifts the burden from the breast;
Gives unbought to those who pray
Strength to stand in every day.

Restore us, O God of hosts;
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
O LORD God of hosts,
how long will you be angered
despite the prayers of your people?
You have fed them with the bread of tears;
you have given them bowls of tears to drink.
--Psalm 80:3-5

Lord God,
you are the creator and preserver of all,
God I humbly bring to your throne of grace all sorts and conditions of people;
make your ways known unto them,
make known your love to all nations.
More especially I pray for your Church;
that this body of Christ may be so guided by your good Spirit,
that all who profess your name
and call themselves Christians may be led into the way of truth,
and hold fast to their faith
May they find unity of spirit,
May they find joy in the bond of peace,
May they find eternal life in your righteousness.
Finally, I bring before you all those who are in any ways afflicted or distressed,
in mind, body, or spirit;
comfort them and relieve them their burdens;
Give them patience under their sufferings.

Thanks be to you, Lord God,
Who will turn our tears into joy
And who will reclaim our lives and bear our sufferings.
All praise be to you.

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