WEEK XX Wednesday

St. Helena, (246-330)

Invitation to  Worship

Come, Let us sing to Adonai!  Let us praise the God of all creation!

O Holy One,+ open my lips.

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Sun and Moon, bless Adonai,

Stars and Galaxies, exalt God forever.

 

Morning Hymn

God of the morning and God of all light, You are the God of our rising.

As your light fills us we turn from the darkness and praise you with voices and song.

For your glory reigns over skies and the earth and the seas.

For your glory reigns in our hearts, in our voices and song.

 

God of the sunlight and God of the day, Your are the God of the Living.

All of earth’s goodness is praising your glory; Creation is singing your song.

For your glory reigns over skies and the earth and the seas.

For your glory reigns in our hearts, in our voices and song.

 

God of the evening and God of the night, You are the God of our dreaming.

Hold us in mercy and blanket your love o’er us; Cradle the earth in your song.

For your glory reigns over skies and the earth and the seas.

For your glory reigns in our hearts, in our voices and song.

Gael Berberick, ASCAP and Barney Walker. ASCAP, alt.

PSALMODY

Antiphon

I praise you, Adonai, for the wonder of my being;

for the beauty and the splendor of all you have created.

Psalm 138/139

You search me, Adonai, and you know me.

You know my resting and my rising,

You read my inmost thoughts;

You note when I walk or lie down,

all that I do is clear to you.

 

Before a word slips from my tongue,

You, Adonai, know what I will say.

You close in on me

pressing your hand upon me.

All of this is wonderful beyond words–

too much for me to understand!

 

Where can I hide from You?

How can I escape your presence?

If I scale the heavens, You are there!

If I plunge to the depths, You are there!

 

If I take wings and fly toward the dawn,

or settle far across the sea,

even there You hold me securely;

your right hand directs my life.

 

If I think that night will hide me

and darkness will give me cover,

It turns out that darkness is not dark;

for You night shines like the day:

darkness and light are one.

 

You created every part of me,

knitting me together in my mother’s womb.

For such handiwork, I  praise you:

How awesome is this great  wonder!

I see it now so clearly!

 

You watched every bone taking shape  in secret,

forming in the hidden depths.

You saw my body grow,

all according to your design.

You recorded all the days of my life,

before they ever began.

 

To me how mysterious your thoughts!

How vast and beyond all numbers.

If I count they are more than the sand;

to finish I must be eternal like You!

 

Search my heart and probe me, O God!

Test and judge my thoughts.

Watch lest I follow crooked paths,

Guide me in the way that  leads to life!

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love.

As always before

so now and evermore. Amen.

I praise you, Adonai, for the wonder of my being;

for the beauty and the splendor of all you have created.

READING   Deuteronomy 4:39-40

Know, and fix in your heart, that ADONAI is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and that there is no other. You must keep his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you today, that you and your children after you may prosper, and that you may have long life on the land which Adonai, your God, is giving you forever.

Responsory

R. Tell among the nations *the glory of Adonai!  V.  Proclaim God’s wonders among all the peoples. *the glory of Adonai.  V. Glory to the Abba and the Word and the Holy Breath of Love.

Canticle of Zachariah

Antiphon

The Reign of heaven is like a landowner
who went out at dawn to hire workers for the vineyard.

Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.

 

God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.

 

Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;

 

That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.

 

And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.

 

For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun will shine upon us

To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow

To guide our feet on the way of peace.

 

Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

The Reign of heaven is like a landowner
who went out at dawn to hire laborers for the vineyard.

Intercessory Prayer

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …

 Intercessions

In you, Adonai, is the Source of Life,

~In your Light we shall see light.

 

Send forth your light and your truth

~Let these be our guide.

 

Fill us each morning with your constant love,

 ~That we may sing and be glad all our days.

 

Let us see your wonderful works,

~May your people see your glorious might.

 

Gracious God, may your blessing be upon us;

~And grant us success in all we do.

 Closing Prayer & Blessing

We give you thanks, Holy One, for with a mother’s love you have watched over us in the night and have led us from the shadows of darkness into morning’s light.  As we celebrate the bounty of August with warm days and bright sunlight, fill us with the warmth of your love that we may bear witness to the Light of your Word-Made-Flesh, Jesus the Christ who lives and loves with you and the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever.  Amen.

May the God of light fill us with all peace and joy, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, + we may abound in goodness for all of creation.   ~Amen.

Let us bless Adonai.

~Thanks be to God.