Morning Prayer for the Seventh Sunday of Easter

And the Ascension of the Lord

May 24, 2020

The Invitatory

Alleluia! The Son of righteousness has risen:

O come, let us worship.

The Jubilate (Psalm 100)

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.

Know this: The Lord himself is God; he himself has made us, and we are his;

we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; give thanks to him and call upon his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

Alleluia! The Son of righteousness has risen:

O come, let us worship.

The Word of God

A Reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 1:1-14 NRSV)

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

(We will observe a few moments of silence for personal reflection.)

The Holy Gospel According to John (John 17:1-11 NRSV)

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life – that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

 (A short reflection will follow – The Reverend Canon Richard Miller)

The Affirmation of Our Faith

`Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

This is the first and the great commandment.

The second is like it: love your neighbour as yourself.

There is no commandment greater than these.

The Intercessions

We thank you that this Easter season is not about a people, but all people.

We pray for all who bring your word of life as a light to those in darkness.

We pray for those who bring your word of peace to those enslaved by fear.

We pray for all who bring your word of love to those in need of comfort.

We pray to you for the leaders of your Church: may they be strengthened for your service.

We pray to you for the leaders of the nations: may they exercise their office as servants of justice and peace.

We pray to you for all who are suffering from illness, grief, old age and exile especially in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic.

We remember all those who have died and we lay them in the arms of your great love.

There will be a time of silence during which you may add your own prayers.

A Form of Confession

Loving God, distracted by the cares of the world we sometimes fail to hear your voice;

Forgive us, we pray, when we wander off the path.

In your great love restore us and strengthen us with a faith that will endure.

Forgive us, Lord and ignite the glory of the risen Christ in our hearts.

Through our acts of love may we be a visible sign of your presence in this world.

With our eyes fixed on you and knowing that you are always with us, we shall not be shaken.

Amen.

The Collect for St. Peter’s, Cobourg and

Let us pray.

Gracious God, we pray for this our parish church of St. Peter.  We thank you for the richness of our history and all those who have served you through the years. We thank you also for the future into which you are calling us. Give us faith to go forward with good courage into that future, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you riches beyond imagination. Pour into our hearts such love toward you, that we, loving you above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer as Found in The Gospel of Matthew

(See Matthew 6:9-13 NRSV)

Jesus said, “Pray then in this way.”

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.

Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.

The Blessings

The peace of God passes all understanding.

May our hearts and minds be strong in the knowledge and love of God and of Jesus Christ our Lord.

The blessing of God almighty, eternal Glory, incarnate Word and abiding Spirit is among us now and always.

Amen.

The Closing Sentence

Lord of love, Lord of peace, Lord of resurrection life; be known through our lives.