Week One
Friday Morning

Greeting and Doxology

Creator God, reshape my heart. A changed heart you welcome.

Have mercy, tender God,
forget that I defied you.
away my sin,
cleanse me
from my guilt.

I know my evil well,
it stares me
in the face,
evil done to
you alone
before your
very eyes.

How right your condemnation!
Your verdict
clearly just.
You see me for
what I am,
a sinner be
fore my birth.

You love those centered in truth;
teach me your
hidden wisdom.
Wash me
with fresh water,
was me
bright as snow.

Fill me with happy songs,
let the bones you
bruised now dance.
Shut your eyes
to my sin,
make my guilt

Creator, reshape my heart,
God, stead
y my spirit.
Do not cast
me aside
stripped of your
holy spirit.

Save me, bring back my joy,
support me, strength
en my will.
Then I will
teach your way
and sinners will
turn to you.

Help me, stop my tears,
and I will
sing your goodness.
give me words
and I will
shout your praise.

When I offer a holocaust,
the gift
does not please you.
So I offer my
shattered spirit;
a changed
heart you welcome.
In your love make
Zion lovely,
rebuild the walls
of Jerusalem.
Then sacri
fice will please you,
young bulls up
on your altar.

Ephesians 4:29-32
Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

Let no breach of charity ever occur among us. Let the sun never go down on our anger.

Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,
who shepherds the people and
sets them free.

God raises from David’s house
a child with
power to save.
Through the holy prophets
God promised in
ages past
to save us from enemy hands,
from the grip of
all who hate us.

The Lord favored our ancestors
recalling the
sacred covenant,
the pledge to our an
cestor Abraham,
to free us
from our enemies,
so we might worship without fear
and be holy and just
all our days.

And you child, will be called
Prophet of
the Most High,
for you will come to prepare
a pathway
for the Lord
by teaching the peo
ple salvation
through forgiveness
of their sin.

Out of God’s
deepest mercy
a dawn will come
from on high,
light for those sha
dowed by death,
a guide for our feet on the
way to peace.

As a new day begins we ask you, God, that we may be responsive in faith to your mercy. We commit ourselves to follow Christ in compassion for suffering people, and we pray:
~ God send your mercy.

For persons who are poor, whose basic needs go unfulfilled, we pray:

For those who are suffering from addiction to drugs, alcohol, or possessions, we pray:

For those who are suffering from incurable or terminal diseases, we pray:

For those who are homeless and who yearn for permanent shelter, we pray:

For those who are lonely, who pass their days longing for companionship, we pray:

For those who are estranged from family or community, we pray:

God of compassion, look with tenderness upon our frailty. We love you but fail to live fully the demands of that love. Help us to begin again when we have grown weary of doing good. Bind up our broken spirits, and make us whole through the love of Jesus Christ. Amen.

May God’s blessing be upon us. Amen
May God’s light lead us in the way of Righteousness. Amen.
May our lives be patterned on Christ Jesus. Amen.