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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.


Let the earth and all living things praise the greatness of God!

Let all people extol the glory of Adonai!



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

Christ, whose love in humble service
bore the weight of human need,
who upon the cross forsaken,
worked your mercy’s perfect deed:
we, your servants, bring the worship
not of voice alone, but heart;
consecrating to your purpose
every gift which you impart.


As we worship, grant us vision
till your love’s revealing light
in its height and depth and greatness
dawns upon our human sight;
making known the needs and burdens
your compassion bids us bear,
stirring us to ardent service,
your abundant life to share.


Called from worship into service
forth in your great name we go,
to the child, the youth, the aged
love in living deeds to show.
Hope and health, good will and comfort,
council, aid and peace we give,
that your children, God, in freedom
may your mercy know and live.

Text: Albert F. Bayly, alt.; Music: Traditional Dutch; Tune IN BABILONE 87.87.D





The sacrifice you accept O God

is a humble spirit.

Psalm 50/51

Have mercy on me, O God, in your loving kindness;

in your compassion blot out my offenses.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin.


I know full well my misdeeds,

and my sin is always before me.

Against you, against you have I sinned,

and done what is evil in your sight. (Antiphon)


Yet you look for truth in my in most being,

and teach me wisdom in my heart.

Purify me that I may be clean,

wash me, make me brighter than snow.


Create in me a pure heart O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence,

and take not your holy Spirit from me.   (Antiphon)


Deliver me from death, O God my Savior,

and my tongue may sing of your justice.

O Love, open my lips,

and my mouth will proclaim your praise.


You have no delight in sacrifices;

burnt offerings from me would not please you.

The sacrifice you accept is a humble spirit;

a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not reject. (Antiphon)


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

and to the BREATH of Love;

as it was in the beginning, is now

and will be forever. Amen (Antiphon)

Setting: Howard Hughes, S.M., Praise God In Song (GIA, 1979).


READING     Ephesians 4:29-32

Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things others need to hear, things that will really help them. Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you were sealed against the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind. In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.

Silent Prayer

R. To revere Adonai is the first stage of wisdom; * all who do so prove themselves wise.  V. Hearken my child to the precepts of your teacher, and incline the ear of your heart;  *all who do so prove themselves wise.  V.  Glory to the Abba and the Word, and the Breath of Love.


Canticle of Zachary–  Luke 1:68-79


My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves

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.

My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves

Intercessory Prayer

Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …


Arise, O God, and set your people free;

~ lead us on the path to life.


Show us the light of your face;

~ that we may see better times for all creation.


Guide us in your justice

~ and make your ways known to us.


Open our eyes to see you in the stranger,

~ and our ears to hear you in the cry of the poor.


Send forth your Spirit, O God,

~ And renew the face of the Earth.


Create in us clean hearts, O God;

~ And fill us with your Holy Spirit. 

 Closing Prayer & Blessing

Holy One and God of endless Compassion,

in naked vulnerability together with all who cannot clothe themselves in the privilege of wealth, gender, race or power, Jesus stretched out his arms in all-inclusive, unconditional love and breathed his indomitable Spirit into a world gasping for life.  Give us the courage and strength to take up our cross and follow him in newness of life and hope, for he lives and loves with you and the Holy Spirit now and forever.  Amen.


May God lead us safely through all things and surround us with Loving Arms of Compassion.  ~Amen.


Let us bless Adonai.

~Thanks  be to God.