Thursday, July 2, 2020

The liturgy below is for the Midday Prayer gathering (via Zoom) on July 2 at 12 pm (PDT). If you are unable to join us at that time, you can use the Soundcloud playlist linked on this page to sing the songs, which you will encounter as you pray through the liturgy. Past Midday Prayer liturgies will also be linked from this page.

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Prayers for Reconciliation

Adapted from Seeds of the Kingdom: Common Prayers for Ordinary Time


Gloria

Glory be to the Father,
    and to the Son,
    and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
    and will be forever.
Amen.

Prayer of Affirmation

Blessed are you, most tender, merciful Father,
    who gave us Jesus Christ, the light in our darkness,
    and the Holy Spirit to guide our feet into the way of peace.

O Breath of Life

Lyrics: Bessie Porter Head | Tune (Spiritus Vitae): Mary Jane Hammond

O Breath of Life come sweeping through us
Revive thy church with life and power
O Breath of Life come cleanse, renew us
And fit your church to meet this hour

O Wind of God come bend us, break us
Till humbly we confess our need
Then in thy tenderness remake us
Revive, restore for this we plead

O Breath of Love come breathe within us
Renewing thought and will and heart
Come love of Christ afresh to win us
Revive thy church in every part

O heart of Christ once broken for us
Tis there we find our strength and rest
Our broken contrite hearts now solace
And let your waiting church be blest

Revive us Lord! Is zeal abating
While harvest fields are vast and white?
Revive us Lord the world is waiting
Equip thy church to spread the light

Prayer of Orientation

We will rejoice in you, our Maker!
We will be joyful in you, our King!

You, who count the number of the stars
    and call them all by name,
free us to rejoice and be glad in all you create.

You, who cover the heavens with clouds,
    prepare rain for the earth,
    and make grass grow upon the mountaintops,
free us to rejoice and be glad in all you create.

You, who shelter your beloved creatures in homes
    and satisfy every beast with the fruit of your works,
free us to rejoice and be glad in all you create.

You, who make wine to gladden the hearts of your people
    and fill them with the finest wheat,
free us to rejoice and be glad in all you create.

We will rejoice in you, our Maker!
We will be joyful in you, our King!

You, who will lead the wolf and the lamb to feed together,
lead us on your path towards restoration.

You, who will make your peace flow like a river
    and break down the dividing walls between all nations,
lead us on your path towards restoration.

You, who will restore the waste places
    and will mend every breach,
lead us on your path towards restoration.

You, who will gather the outcasts to your bosom
    and cradle the desolate in your lap,
lead us on your path towards restoration.

Until the day when your glory will pour over your creation
    like a mighty, rushing stream,
We will hope in your mercy.

With each breath that you give us,
We will praise your holy name.

Scripture | Ephesians 2:1-10 (NRSV)

You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Reflection

Taken from Charles Ringma's Hear the Ancient Wisdom (Wipf & Stock, 2013)

Listening Silence

In silence, we make space to listen to God’s voice, breathe in God’s Spirit, and centre ourselves with God.

Prayer of Gratitude and Confession

Blessed are you, Lord!
For you build up what has been torn down.
You gather together those who have been outcast.
You make peace at borders.
You keep truth forever.

But we turn rivers into wilderness.
We push the hungry into wastelands.
When creditors seize the possessions of the poor,
    we are silent.
Though we do not sow, we reap;
  though we do not plant, we harvest.

We repent of our wrongdoing.
Have mercy on us, O Lord.
We wait for your lovingkindness
    to mend what has been broken;
    so let your light shine into our darkness.

Amen.

Kyrie

We come to God
    aware of our own sinfulness
    and our failure to be reconcilers;
and so we pray for God’s mercy and forgiveness:

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on my community.
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on the world.

Absolution

May the God of love and power
    forgive us and free us from our sins,
    heal and strengthen us by the Holy Spirit
,     and raise us to new life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers of Intercession

We pray for you to mend relationships
    among people in our midst . . .

We pray for you to mend relationships
    among all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues . . .

We pray for you to mend relationships
    in your church . . .

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name,
    your kingdom come,
    your will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom
    and the power
    and the glory,
    forever and ever.
Amen.

Prayer of Affirmation

Blessed are you, most tender, merciful Father,
    who gave us Jesus Christ, the light in our darkness,
    and the Holy Spirit to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Breath of God

© 2017 Tom Wuest (recorded with permission)

O Breath of God, you stir our hearts
We’re weary with longing for you
Come raise our dead, mend every breach
We’re weary with longing for you

    Blessed is the King
    Who comes in the name of the Lord
    Who comes in the name of the Lord
    (Repeat)

Yeshua, bring tidings of joy
We’re waiting with longing for you
Stand with your poor, the trodden down
We’re waiting with longing for you

    Blessed is the King
    Who comes in the name of the Lord
    Who comes in the name of the Lord
    (Repeat)

Restore all things, remove the veil
We’re watching with longing for you
We take this bread, we drink this cup
We’re watching with longing for you

    Blessed is the King
    Who comes in the name of the Lord
    Who comes in the name of the Lord
    (Repeat)

    Blessed is the King
    Who comes in the name of the Lord
    Who comes in the name of the Lord
    (Repeat)

Blessing

May the blessing of light be on you—
    light without and light within.
May it warm your heart till it glows like a great peat fire,
    so that the stranger may come and warm herself at it
    as well as the friend.
And may the light shine out of your eyes
    like a candle set in the windows of a house.
Amen.

Go in peace
    to love and serve the Lord.