WEEK XXIV Thursday

Invitation to Worship

Come, let us sing to Adonai, let us praise the God of all Creation!

We make the Sign of the Cross over our  lips as we begin.

O Holy ONE + open my lips,

~And my mouth will proclaim your praise.


Our hearts are restless, O God

~ Until they find their rest in you!



All may sing or alternate the verses of any Morning Hymn .

Dear Abba, by whose servants Our house was built of old,

Your hand has crowned her children With blessings manifold,

For your unfailing mercies Far strewn along the way,

With all who passed before us, We praise your Name today.


The changing years unresting Their silent course have sped,

New  children always bringing In elders’ steps to tread:

And some are long forgotten, Long spent their hopes and fears;

They rest in your safekeeping, in peace throughout the years.


They reap not where they labored;  We reap what they have sown;

Our harvest may be gathered By ages yet unknown.

The days of old have blessed us With gifts beyond all praise;

Dear Abba, make us faithful To serve the coming days.


Before us and beside us, Still clasped in your strong hand

A cloud unseen of witness, Our elder siblings stand:

One family unbroken, We join with one acclaim,

One heart, one voice uplifted, To glorify your name.  Amen

Text: GW Briggs, alt. Tune: 76. 76 D.




Let me sing the praises of my Love

let all creatures bless the holy Name

Psalm 144/145b

All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,

and your friends shall repeat their blessing.

They shall speak of the glory of your reign

and declare your might, O God,


Let them make known to all

your might and your glorious reign.

Your dominion lasts forever

your rule for all generations.


You are faithful in all your words

and loving in all your deeds.

You support those who have fallen

and raise all those who are bowed down.


The eyes of all creatures look to you

and you give them their food in due season.

You open wide your hand

to feed all living things.


Most just in all your ways

most loving in every deed.

You are near to all who call

who cry out from their hearts.


You grant them their desires,

hear their cry and save them.

You protect and keep alive

All who strive to love.


Glory to the One and to the Word

And to the Breath of Love

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

Let me sing the praises of my Love

let all creatures bless the holy Name.


READING    Hebrews 12: 22-24, 28-29  


You have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire.


Silent Prayer



R. The command of Adonai is clear, *it gives light  to the eyes.  V. Those who love their neighbors have fulfilled the law; love is the fulfilling of the law. *it gives light  to the eyes.  V.  Glory to the Abba and the Word, and the Breath of Love.


Canticle of Zachary–  Luke 1:68-79


You have made us for yourself, O God;

and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.


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

You have made us for yourself, O God;

and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.

Intercessory Prayer

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …



Save all people, Adonai, and bless those who search for Truth,

~Govern and uphold them now and  forever.


Day by day, let us bless your Name,

~And sing your praise forever.


Keep us this  day from all sin and evil

 ~Show us your mercy and compassion.


May your love be upon us, Adonai,

~For we place all our trust in you.


In you, Adonai, is all our hope:

~Let us never be put to shame.


Create in us clean hearts, O God;

~ And fill us with your Holy Spirit. 

 Closing Prayer & Blessing
Prayer of St. Augustine

Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you!
Lo, you were within, but I outside, seeking there for you,
 and upon the shapely things you have made I rushed headlong – I, misshapen.
You were with me, but I was not with you.
They held me back far from you, those things which would have no being,
 were they not in you.
You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;
 you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;
 you lavished your fragrance, I gasped; and now I pant for you;
 I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst;
 you touched me, and I burned for your peace. Amen.




May the God of Sea and Sky who has called us to glory + bless us and all creation with freedom, flourishing and the fullness of life.   ~Amen.


Let us bless the world with peace.

~And give thanks to God.