we say good morning to you. Hallowed be your name.
Early in the morning, before we begin our work, we praise your glory.
Renew our bodies as fresh as the morning flowers.
Open our inner eyes,
as the sun casts new light upon the darkness which prevailed over the night.
Deliver us from all captivity.
Give us wings of freedom like the birds in the sky, to begin a new journey.
Restore justice and freedom, as a mighty stream running continuously as day follows day.
We thank you for the gift of this morning, and a new day to work with you. Amen
(Pilgrim Prayer, 230)
Responsive Psalm 89: 1 – 4, 19 – 26
I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to my servant David:
‘I will establish your descendants forever, and build your throne for all generations.’”
Then you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, and said:
“I have set the crown on one who is mighty, I have exalted one chosen from the people.
I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him;
my hand shall always remain with him; my arm also shall strengthen him.
The enemy shall not outwit him, the wicked shall not humble him.
I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.
My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him;
and in my name his horn shall be exalted.
I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers.
He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!’
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
Scripture Reading – Luke 1: 46 – 55 (Read in Mandarin Chinese by Abu Takisvilainan, a seminary student from Taiwan)
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Reflection Rev. Sungjae Kim, (General Secretary of NCC Japan)
Prayers of Intercession
The Lord’s Prayer (in our many languages)
Keeping peace in our hearts as we go out into the world.
Help us, O God, to live with courage and love,
following Jesus, our Lord.
Guided by your Spirit’s power, who helps us share the good news far and wide,
keep alive in us your vision as we move toward your heavenly land. Amen
(Pilgrim Prayer, 227)