Morning Prayer and Worship

Ben Ward

Join me, Ben Ward, as we pray, sing and worship together. We'll read a Psalm and Scripture passage from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer (1979). We'll also say the Apostles' Creed and Lord's Prayer as we pray for ourselves and others and give thanks to Jesus. Every week from Atlanta, Georgia.

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This is Ordinary Time, Proper 29, in the Church Calendar.  Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “Grateful” by Stephanie Osorio and me throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 93 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is John 18:33-37 . We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it here (https://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest/). Sign up here for the email list (https://benwardmusic.com/email) Visit Patreon to give and support Morning Prayer monthly (https://patreon.com/morningprayer). Go to PayPal to give a one-time gift (https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG). Photo by Steve Johnson https://www.pexels.com/photo/orange-red-and-green-abstract-painting-1585325/ Click here for a PDF of the service order with texts and lyrics: http://benwardmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Morning-Prayer-11-21-21.pdf

Nov 21

19 min 53 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 28, in the Church Calendar.  Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “Jireh” by Maverick City and Elevation throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 16 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Gospel lesson is Mark 13:1-8 . We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it here (https://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest/). Sign up here for the email list (https://benwardmusic.com/email) Visit Patreon to give and support Morning Prayer monthly (https://patreon.com/morningprayer). Go to PayPal to give a one-time gift (https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG). Photo by me…Atlanta, Georgia 11.13.21. Click here for a PDF of the service order with texts and lyrics: http://benwardmusic.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Morning-Prayer-11-14-21.pdf

Nov 14

20 min 52 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 27, in the Church Calendar.  Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “Human Heart” by Coldplay and “All My Heart” by Stephanie Osorio and me throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 127 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 12:38-44. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it here. Sign up here for the email list. Visit Patreon to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to PayPal to give a one-time gift. Photo by me…NYC Westside Highway 2012. Click here for a PDF of the service order with texts and lyrics.

Nov 7

18 min 37 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 26, in the Church Calendar.  Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “Million Little Miracles” by Brandon Lake, Chris Brown, and Steven Furtick throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 119:1-8 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 12:28-34. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it here. Sign up here for the email list. Visit Patreon to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to PayPal to give a one-time gift. Photo by Steve Johnson. Million Little Miracles Brandon Lake | Chris Brown | Steven Furtick Verse 1 All my life I've been carried by grace Don't ask me how 'cause I can't explain It's nothing short of a miracle I'm here I've got some blessings that I don't deserve I've got some scars but that's how you learn It's nothing short of a miracle I'm here Pre-Chorus I think it over and it doesn't add up I know it comes from above Chorus I've got miracles on miracles A million little miracles Miracles on miracles Count your miracles 1-2-3-4 I can't even count 'em all Verse 2 You held me steady so I wouldn't give up You opened doors that nobody could shut I hope I never get over what You've done I wanna live with an open heart I wanna live like I know who You are I hope I never get over what You've done Pre-Chorus It's not coincidence and it's not luck I know it comes from above Vamp I can't even I can't even count 'em all I can't even I can't even count 'em all I can't even I can't even count 'em all 1-2-3-4 I can't even count 'em all Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 119:1-8 Happy are they whose way is blameless, * who walk in the law of the Lord! Happy are they who observe his decrees * and seek him with all their hearts! Who never do any wrong, * but always walk in his ways. You laid down your commandments, * that we should fully keep them. Oh, that my ways were made so direct * that I might keep your statutes! Then I should not be put to shame, * when I regard all your commandments. I will thank you with an unfeigned heart, * when I have learned your righteous judgments. I will keep your statutes; * do not utterly forsake me. Mark 12:28-34 (NRSV) One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question. The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 26, Rite Two Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:20, 21

Nov 2

18 min 31 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 25, in the Church Calendar.  Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “40” by U2 throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 42:1-8 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 10:46-52. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it here. Sign up here for the email list. Visit Patreon to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to PayPal to give a one-time gift. Photo by me :). 40 U2 I waited patiently for the Lord He inclined and heard my cry He lifted me up out of the pit Out of the miry clay I will sing, sing a new song I will sing, sing a new song How long to sing this song? How long to sing this song? How long...how long... How long...how long... to sing this song. He set my feet upon the rock And made my footsteps firm Many will see Many will see and fear Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 34:1-8 1 I will bless the Lord at all times; * his praise shall ever be in my mouth. 2 I will glory in the Lord; * let the humble hear and rejoice. 3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; let us exalt his Name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me * and delivered me out of all my terror. 5 Look upon him and be radiant, * and let not your faces be ashamed. 6 I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me * and saved me from all my troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, * and he will deliver them. 8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; * happy are they who trust in him! Mark 10:46-52 (NRSV) Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 25, Rite Two Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:20, 21

Oct 24

20 min 37 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 24, in the Church Calendar.  Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “Hold Me Jesus” by Rich Mullins throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 91:9-16 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 10:35-45. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it here. Sign up here for the email list. Visit Patreon to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to PayPal to give a one-time gift. Photo by me :). Hold Me Jesus Rich Mullins Verse 1 Just don't make sense at all When the mountains look so big And my faith just seems so small Chorus 1 So hold me Jesus 'Cause I'm shaking like a leaf You have been King of my glory Won't You be my Prince of Peace Verse 2 And I wake up in the night And feel the dark It's so hot inside my soul I swear there must be blisters on my heart Chorus 1 Bridge Surrender don't come natural to me I'd rather fight You for something I don't really want Than to take what You give that I need And I've beat my head against so many walls Now I'm falling down I'm falling on my knees Verse 3 And this Salvation Army band Is playing this hymn And Your grace rings out so deep It makes my resistance seem so thin Chorus 2 I'm singing hold me Jesus 'Cause I'm shaking like a leaf You have been King of my glory Won't You be my Prince of Peace You have been King of my glory Won't You be my Prince of Peace Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 91:9-16 9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, * and the Most High your habitation, 10 There shall no evil happen to you, * neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, * to keep you in all your ways. 12 They shall bear you in their hands, * lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; * you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet. 14 Because he is bound to me in love, therefore will I deliver him; * I will protect him, because he knows my Name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; * I am with him in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him to honor. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, * and show him my salvation. Mark 10:35-45 (NRSV) James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 24, Rite Two Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:20, 21

Oct 17

20 min 1 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 23, in the Church Calendar.  Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “I Love Your Presence” by Darren Clarke and Jessie (Lane) Clarke throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 22:1-15 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 10:17-31. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it here. Sign up here for the email list. Visit Patreon to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to PayPal to give a one-time gift. Photo by me :). Ambience from freesound.org I Love Your Presence Darren Clarke, Jessie (Lane) Clarke In the glory Of your presence I find rest For my soul In the depths Of your love I find peace Makes me whole I love I love I love your presence I love I love I love your presence I love I love I love you Jesus I love I love I love your presence Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 22:1-15 1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? * and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress? 2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; * by night as well, but I find no rest. 3 Yet you are the Holy One, * enthroned upon the praises of Israel. 4 Our forefathers put their trust in you; * they trusted, and you delivered them. 5 They cried out to you and were delivered; * they trusted in you and were not put to shame. 6 But as for me, I am a worm and no man, * scorned by all and despised by the people. 7 All who see me laugh me to scorn; * they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying, 8 “He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; * let him rescue him, if he delights in him.” 9 Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, * and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast. 10 I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; * you were my God when I was still in my mother’s womb. 11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near, * and there is none to help. 12 Many young bulls encircle me; * strong bulls of Bashan surround me. 13 They open wide their jaws at me, * like a ravening and a roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; * my heart within my breast is melting wax. 15 My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; * and you have laid me in the dust of the grave. Mark 10:17-31 (NRSV) As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.” The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 23, Rite Two Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:20, 21

Oct 10

20 min 11 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 22, in the Church Calendar. Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “More Precious than Silver” by Lynn DeShazo and “Holy and Anointed One” by John Barnett throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 26 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 10:2-16. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it here. Sign up here for the email list. Visit Patreon to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to PayPal to give a one-time gift. Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger. Ambience from freesound.org More Precious than Silver Lynn DeShazo Lord You are More precious than silver Lord You are More costly than gold Lord You are More beautiful than diamonds And nothing I desire Compares with You Holy and Anointed One John Barnett Jesus Jesus Holy and Anointed One Jesus Jesus Jesus Risen and Exalted One Jesus Your name is like honey on my lips Your Spirit like water to my soul Your Word is a lamp unto my feet Jesus I love You I love You Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 26 1 Give judgment for me, O Lord, for I have lived with integrity; * I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. 2 Test me, O Lord, and try me; * examine my heart and my mind. 3 For your love is before my eyes; * I have walked faithfully with you. 4 I have not sat with the worthless, * nor do I consort with the deceitful. 5 I have hated the company of evildoers; * I will not sit down with the wicked. 6 I will wash my hands in innocence, O Lord, * that I may go in procession round your altar, 7 Singing aloud a song of thanksgiving * and recounting all your wonderful deeds. 8 Lord, I love the house in which you dwell * and the place where your glory abides. 9 Do not sweep me away with sinners, * nor my life with those who thirst for blood, 10 Whose hands are full of evil plots, * and their right hand full of bribes. 11 As for me, I will live with integrity; * redeem me, O Lord, and have pity on me. 12 My foot stands on level ground; * in the full assembly I will bless the Lord. Mark 10:2-16 (NRSV) Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 22, Rite Two Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:20, 21

Oct 3

18 min 44 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 21, in the Church Calendar.  Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “Encounter” by Harold Greene and me throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 124 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 9:38-50. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG to give a one-time gift. Photo by Vraj Shah from Pexels Ambience from freesound.org Encounter Ben Ward/Harold Greene Wandering, full of fear Lost, hope has disappeared Thirsty, unsatisfied But I hear the roar of the waterfall CHORUS I’m gonna run into Your love And fall into Your grace Drown my desert with Your flood I long to see You face-to-face I need to know Your power In this holy encounter Dwelling with You on high Changing my heart, my mind You cover me with Your wings You hide me here , make my spirit sing CHORUS Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 124 1 If the Lord had not been on our side, * let Israel now say; 2 If the Lord had not been on our side, * when enemies rose up against us; 3 Then would they have swallowed us up alive * in their fierce anger toward us; 4 Then would the waters have overwhelmed us * and the torrent gone over us; 5 Then would the raging waters * have gone right over us. 6 Blessed be the Lord! * he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth. 7 We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; * the snare is broken, and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the Name of the Lord, * the maker of heaven and earth. Mark 9:38-50 (NRSV) John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward. If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched. For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 21, Rite Two O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:20, 21

Sep 26

19 min 41 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 20, in the Church Calendar.  Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “My Jesus I Love Thee” by Adoniram Judson Gordon and William Ralph Featherstone throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 1 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 9:30-37. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it here. If you’d like to be on the email list visit here. Visit Patreon to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to PayPal to give a one-time gift. Photo by Johannes Plenio from Pexels Ambience from freesound.org My Jesus I Love Thee Adoniram Judson Gordon | William Ralph Featherstone My Jesus I love Thee I know Thou art mine For Thee all the follies of sin I resign My gracious Redeemer my Savior art Thou If ever I loved Thee my Jesus 'tis now I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow If ever I loved Thee my Jesus 'tis now I'll love Thee in life I will love Thee in death And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow If ever I loved Thee my Jesus 'tis now In mansions of glory and endless delight I'll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow If ever I loved Thee my Jesus 'tis now Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you| in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.| For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 1 1 Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, * nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful! 2 Their delight is in the law of the Lord, *  and they meditate on his law day and night. 3 They are like trees planted by streams of water,  bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *  everything they do shall prosper. 4 It is not so with the wicked; *  they are like chaff which the wind blows away.  5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, *  nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.  6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, *  but the way of the wicked is doomed. Mark 9:30-37 (NRSV) Jesus and the disciples passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 20, Rite Two Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Sep 19

17 min 45 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 19, in the Church Calendar.  Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “Too Tender” by Caedmon’s Call and “You Make Me Brave” by Bethel Music throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 19 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 8:27-38. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG to give a one-time gift. Photo by Jeswin Thomas from Pexels Ambience from freesound.org Too Tender Caedmon’s Call Water water everywhere And I complain about my thirst The prescription's in my hand While the pain I curse I know the longer I know the harder The walk will be With my calloused feet And my too tender knees Stumbled upon the truth Wished it'd get out of my way When I see the light I pull down the shade You make me brave You make me brave You call me out beyond the shore into the waves You make me brave You make me brave No fear can hinder now the love that made a way You make me brave You make me brave You call me out beyond the shore into the waves You make me brave You make me brave No fear can hinder now the promises you made Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 19 1 The heavens declare the glory of God, * and the firmament shows his handiwork. 2 One day tells its tale to another, * and one night imparts knowledge to another. 3 Although they have no words or language, * and their voices are not heard,  4 Their sound has gone out into all lands, * and their message to the ends of the world. 5 In the deep has he set a pavilion for the sun; * it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber; it rejoices like a champion to run its course. 6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens  and runs about to the end of it again; * nothing is hidden from its burning heat. 7 The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; * the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent. 8 The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; * the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; * the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, * sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb. 11 By them also is your servant enlightened, * and in keeping them there is great reward. 12 Who can tell how often he offends? * cleanse me from my secret faults. 13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get dominion over me; * then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart  be acceptable in your sight, * O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Mark 8:27-38 (NRSV) Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 19, Rite Two O God, because without you we are not able to please you mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Sep 12

23 min 28 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 18, in the Church Calendar. Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “You Bring the Morning” written by Andy Squyres throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 146 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 7:24-37. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it here. If you’d like to be on the email list click here. Give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Give a one-time gift. Photo by Bill White from Pexels. Ambience from freesound.org. You Bring the Morning Andy Squyres You bring the gladness/I’ll bring the gleaming You bring the glory/I’ll bring the singing You bring the table/I’ll bring the feasting Somewhere in the distance I hear wedding bells ringing You bring the comfort/I’ll bring my thinking You bring the new wine/I’ll bring the drinking You bring your spirit/I’ll bring the weeping I have nothing else but the promises you’re keeping You bring the morning You bring the evening I’m gonna praise you With every breath that I’m breathing You bring the working day So a man can keep believing So a woman can keep on dreaming And after the fire dies You open up our eyes again You bring the stillborn baby to my shoulder You bring your sorrow to every fallen soldier You bring your passion To the graves that we stand over Young love that we lost We will find as we grow older You bring the mountain So I have somewhere to wander You bring the ocean So I can walk on water You bring the wilderness So I can learn to hunger I feel you like a phantom I can’t explain your wonder Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 146 1 Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, O my soul! * I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. 2 Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth, * for there is no help in them. 3 When they breathe their last, they return to earth, * and in that day their thoughts perish. 4 Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help! * whose hope is in the Lord their God; 5 Who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; * who keeps his promise for ever; 6 Who gives justice to those who are oppressed, * and food to those who hunger. 7 The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind; * the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; 8 The Lord loves the righteous; the Lord cares for the stranger; * he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked. 9 The Lord shall reign for ever, * your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah! Mark 7:24-37 (NRSV) Jesus set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone. Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 18, Rite Two Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Sep 5

22 min 18 sec

Bonus episode today! We normally follow the Morning Prayer order from the Book of Common Prayer Daily Office. I love the short little prayer service, also in the Daily Office, called "Compline." It's prayer for bedtime. So I recorded a version for you today! I hope it's a blessing...it has already been to me! Order of Service Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen. The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen. Our help is in the Name of the Lord; The maker of heaven and earth. Let us confess our sins to God. Almighty God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen. May the Almighty God grant us forgiveness of all our sins, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen. O God, make speed to save us. People O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia. Psalm 4 1 Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; * you set me free when I am hard-pressed; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. 2 "You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; * how long will you worship dumb idols and run after false gods?" 3 Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; * when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me. 4 Tremble, then, and do not sin; * speak to your heart in silence upon your bed. 5 Offer the appointed sacrifices * and put your trust in the LORD. 6 Many are saying, "Oh, that we might see better times!" * Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O LORD. 7 You have put gladness in my heart, * more than when grain and wine and oil increase. 8 I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; * for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Jeremiah 14:9,22 Lord, you are in the midst of us, and we are called by your Name: Do not forsake us, O Lord our God. Thanks be to God. V. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; R. For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth. V. Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye; R. Hide us under the shadow of your wings. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Lord, hear our prayer; And let our cry come to you. Let us pray. Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen. Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace. Lord, you now have set your servant free * to go in peace as you have promised; For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, * whom you have prepared for all the world to see: A Light to enlighten the nations, * and the glory of your people Israel. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace. Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen. Credits Song: Keep Watch Dear Lord by Ben Ward (Me!) Photo by Clement percheron from Pexels Ambient recording from freesound.org

Sep 2

9 min 46 sec

You are listened to. You are heard. Your voice is important to God. Let's pray together with that in mind and heart. He is listening... This is Ordinary Time, Proper 17, in the Church Calendar.  Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “Always Amazing” written by me throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 15 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG to give a one-time gift. Photo by me in Chamblee, GA :). Always Amazing Ben Ward Always amazing Always glorious Always awesome in power Make Your ways known to us Always forgiving Always setting free Offering new life And faith to believe I'm always praising 'Cause You're always amazing Always amazing Even when it hurts When I don’t understand When the blessing feels a curse Always creating Even when I don’t see Offering me peace When I’m bound and don’t feel free You can always change me You’re always amazing I don’t have the words to describe You I can only say what I see The rhythm and the wonder of Your lightning and Your thunder Go on and on What came before The here and now Forevermore Always amazing How You never leave How you lead me down the path Where I can’t see Always patient When I complain You must laugh at how  I can’t seem to trust Unless someone explains How You always save me - when I’m lost You’re always amazing Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 15 1 Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? * who may abide upon your holy hill? 2 Whoever leads a blameless life and does what is right, * who speaks the truth from his heart. 3 There is no guile upon his tongue; he does no evil to his friend; * he does not heap contempt upon his neighbor. 4 In his sight the wicked is rejected, *  but he honors those who fear the Lord. 5 He has sworn to do no wrong * and does not take back his word. 6 He does not give his money in hope of gain, * nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. 7 Whoever does these things * shall never be overthrown. Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 (NRSV) Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.’ You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.” Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 17, Rite Two Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Aug 29

18 min 33 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 16, in the Church Calendar. Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “Met By Love” written by United Pursuit throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 34:15-22 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is John 6:56-69. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG to give a one-time gift. Art by Phaedra Taylor https://www.instagram.com/p/CPQzmKJFIWW/ Met By Love Brandon Hampton | Brock Human | Michael Ketterer | Will Reagan There is none none like You Who can know my heart like You do For all creation sings Your song I will join with them declaring Your glory (oh) We can run straight into Your arms unafraid 'Cause ev'ry time we need You we're met by love And we can lift our hands to heaven full of faith 'Cause ev'ry time we worship we see Your face Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 34:15-22 15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, * and his ears are open to their cry. 16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, * to root out the remembrance of them from the earth. 17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears them * and delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted * and will save those whose spirits are crushed. 19 Many are the troubles of the righteous, * but the Lord will deliver him out of them all. 20 He will keep safe all his bones; * not one of them shall be broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked, * and those who hate the righteous will be punished. 22 The Lord ransoms the life of his servants, * and none will be punished who trust in him. John 6:56-69 (NRSV) Jesus said, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum. When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 16, Rite Two Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Aug 22

20 min 18 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 15, in the Church Calendar.  Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “God the Fool” written by Andy Squyres throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 34:9-14 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is John 6:51-58. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG to give a one-time gift. Photo by me. :) God the Fool Andy Squyres For the wounds that I’ve inflicted, for the wounds that I’ve received  I offer you my bitterness, I offer you my grief  For the trust that I have broken, for the lies that I have told  Forgive me God for giving, my heart away for gold  I’m a merchant in your temple, selling sinners doves  You turn over my tables with your foolishness oh God  I am a sly sidewinder, a brood of vipers in your hand  You’re an Appalachian preacher who I cannot withstand  I’m running to your altar, I’m weeping on your floor  I feel your love inside my heart, I wanna feel it more  You said be wise and gentle like the serpent and the dove  Only heeding half of your own advice is your foolishness oh God  For the snow upon the mountain, melting down into the sea  I will sit with you in silence and listen to you sing  I will ask you all my questions, I will waste all of your time  You don’t give the poet answers so the poet gives you rhyme  What kind of mad man are you, taking on the worst of odds  I’m chalking up my fortunes to your foolishness of God Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 34:9-14 9 Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, * or those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger, * but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good. 11 Come, children, and listen to me; * I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 Who among you loves life * and desires long life to enjoy prosperity? 13 Keep your tongue from evil-speaking * and your lips from lying words. 14 Turn from evil and do good; * seek peace and pursue it. John 6:51-58 (NRSV) Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 15, Rite Two Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Aug 15

16 min 53 sec

A special bonus episode of Morning Prayer today! I sat down with my acoustic guitar and just worshiped with some beautiful songs for just shy of 20 minutes. I'd love for you to join me in singing and sitting in the refreshing presence of Jesus by the Holy Spirit. I pray it will renew your faith in a small way today. Let me know if you'd like to hear more of this in-between Morning Prayer episodes! 00:00 Ever Be (Bethel Music) 05:22 Faith is Rising (Jonathan David Helser) 08:38 No Longer Slaves (Jonathan David Helser, Bethel Music) 13:42 More (Ben Ward, Stephanie Osorio) 15:43 Ever Be Reprise (Bethel Music)

Aug 11

17 min 32 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 14, in the Church Calendar. Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “(We Call You) Our Father” by me throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 34:1-8 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is John 6:35, 41-51. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG to give a one-time gift. Photo by me. :) (We Call You) Our Father Ben Ward Our Father, in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 34:1-8 1 I will bless the Lord at all times; * his praise shall ever be in my mouth. 2 I will glory in the Lord; * let the humble hear and rejoice. 3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; let us exalt his Name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me * and delivered me out of all my terror. 5 Look upon him and be radiant, * and let not your faces be ashamed. 6 I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me * and saved me from all my troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, * and he will deliver them. 8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; * happy are they who trust in him! John 6:35, 41-51 (NRSV) Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 14, Rite Two Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:1

Aug 8

21 min 7 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 13, in the Church Calendar. Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “To Worship You” by Harold Greene and me throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 51:1-13 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is John 6:24-35. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG to give a one-time gift. Artwork is by Hermel Alejandre. https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-bread-of-life-hermel-alejandre.html To Worship You Ben Ward/Harold Greene We see Your glory We sing Your praise We give You honor We seek Your face In this place We hear Your voice calling We feel Your Spirit falling There’s nothing we’d rather do There’s nothing we’d rather do Than to worship You Is it Your pleasure? Do You delight? If we bring our treasures Or a heart made right Make our hearts right We hear Your voice calling We feel Your Spirit falling There’s nothing we’d rather do There’s nothing we’d rather do Than to worship You We feel Your Spirit falling We hear Your voice calling There’s nothing we’d rather do There’s nothing we’d rather do There’s nothing we’d rather do Than to worship You Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 51:1-13 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; * in your great compassion blot out my offenses. 2 Wash me through and through from my wickedness * and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, * and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you only have I sinned * and done what is evil in your sight. 5 And so you are justified when you speak * and upright in your judgment. 6 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, * a sinner from my mother’s womb. 7 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, * and will make me understand wisdom secretly. 8 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; * wash me, and I shall be clean indeed. 9 Make me hear of joy and gladness, * that the body you have broken may rejoice. 10 Hide your face from my sins * and blot out all my iniquities. 11 Create in me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me. 12 Cast me not away from your presence * and take not your holy Spirit from me. 13 Give me the joy of your saving help again * and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit. The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. John 6:24-35 (NRSV) On the next day, when the people who remained after the feeding of the five thousand saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 13, Rite Two Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Aug 1

15 min 42 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 12, in the Church Calendar. Our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “Take Your Place” by Jon Thurlow throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 145:10-18 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is John 6:1-21. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG to give a one-time gift. Artwork is by Sir Basil Spence. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=54901 Take Your Place Jon Thurlow Come and take Your place In the center of our hearts Come and take Your place My soul longs for You, Lord In a dry and weary land Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 145:10-18 10 All your works praise you, O LORD, * and your faithful servants bless you. 11 They make known the glory of your kingdom * and speak of your power; 12 That the peoples may know of your power * and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; * your dominion endures throughout all ages. 14 The LORD is faithful in all his words * and merciful in all his deeds. 15 The LORD upholds all those who fall; * he lifts up those who are bowed down. 16 The eyes of all wait upon you, O LORD, * and you give them their food in due season. 17 You open wide your hand * and satisfy the needs of every living creature. 18 The LORD is righteous in all his ways * and loving in all his works. John 6:1-21 (NRSV) After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself. When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land toward which they were going. The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 12 O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Jul 25

21 min 27 sec

Welcome to Morning Prayer again this week! There were several technical difficulties I encountered while recording and editing this week’s episode…but here it is! When things like that happen, I choose to believe there is power and value in persevering. I pray that this episode holds meaning and life-change for someone…maybe you. I know it does for me!  From Psalm 24: “Such is the generation of those who seek him, of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.” This is Ordinary Time, Proper 10, in the Church Calendar. As always, our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “Fragrance” by Jon Thurlow throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 24 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 6:14-29. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG to give a one-time gift. Artwork is by Alek Rapoport. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alek_Rapoport_-Trinity_in_Dark_Tones-_1994.jpg Fragrance Jon Thurlow I love the fragrance of Your name, O Lord I love the fragrance of Your name Your name is like ointment poured forth Your name is like, Your name is like How I love, how I love the fragrance of Your name Psalm 24 1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, *   the world and all who dwell therein. 2 For it is he who founded it upon the seas *   and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep. 3 “Who can ascend the hill of the Lord? *   and who can stand in his holy place?” 4 “Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, *   who have not pledged themselves to falsehood,   nor sworn by what is a fraud. 5 They shall receive a blessing from the Lord*   and a just reward from the God of their salvation.” 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, *   of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob. 7 Lift up your heads, O gates;   lift them high, O everlasting doors; *   and the King of glory shall come in. 8 “Who is this King of glory?” *   “The Lord, strong and mighty,   the Lord, mighty in battle.” 9 Lift up your heads, O gates;   lift them high, O everlasting doors; *   and the King of glory shall come in. 10 “Who is he, this King of glory?”   “The Lord of hosts,   he is the King of glory.” Mark 6:14-29 (NRSV) King Herod heard of Jesus and his disciples, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.” And he solemnly swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the baptizer.” Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb. The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 10, Rite Two O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Jul 11

15 min 4 sec

Welcome to Morning Prayer! I'm so thankful you've found yourself here, with this community, today. The Psalm for today mentions waiting in silence on God's loving-kindness. So that's my invitation to you: set aside these few minutes as holy. Wait before Jesus until you see, feel, hear, and somehow know his love anew. This is Ordinary Time, Proper 9, in the Church Calendar. As always, our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing “Hungry” by Kathryn Scott throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 48 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 6:1-13. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG to give a one-time gift. Artwork is by Emily Carr. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=57964 Hungry Kathryn Scott Hungry I come to You for I know You satisfy I am empty but I know Your love does not run dry So I wait for You So I wait for You I'm falling on my knees Offering all of me Jesus You're all this heart is living for Broken I run to You for Your arms are open wide I am weary but I know Your touch restores my life I'm falling on my knees Offering all of me Jesus You're all this heart is living for Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 48 1 Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised; *   in the city of our God is his holy hill. 2 Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the hill of Zion, *   the very center of the world and the city of the great King. 3 God is in her citadels; *   he is known to be her sure refuge. 4 Behold, the kings of the earth assembled *   and marched forward together. 5 They looked and were astounded; *   they retreated and fled in terror. 6 Trembling seized them there; *   they writhed like a woman in childbirth,   like ships of the sea when the east wind shatters them. 7 As we have heard, so have we seen,   in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God; *   God has established her for ever. 8 We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O God, *   in the midst of your temple. 9 Your praise, like your Name, O God, reaches to the world’s end; *   your right hand is full of justice. 10 Let Mount Zion be glad   and the cities of Judah rejoice, *   because of your judgments. 11 Make the circuit of Zion;   walk round about her; *   count the number of her towers. 12 Consider well her bulwarks;   examine her strongholds; *   that you may tell those who come after. 13 This God is our God for ever and ever; *   he shall be our guide for evermore. Mark 6:1-13 (NRSV) Jesus came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 9, Rite Two O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Jul 4

17 min 57 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 8, in the Church Calendar. As always, our general order comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office and Scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. We’ll sing a retuned version of “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy” by Frederick Faber, Stephanie Osorio, and me throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 30 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 5:21-43. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG to give a one-time gift. Artwork is by Annemiek Punt. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/diglib-fulldisplay.pl?SID=20210625950895369&code=act&RC=57959&Row=1 There’s a Wideness Frederick W. Faber, Ben Ward, Stephanie Osorio There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea there’s a kindness in God's justice which is more than liberty There is welcome for the sinner and more graces for the good There is mercy with the Savior there is healing in his blood How wide, how high How vast, everlasting enough We'll never reach the border Expanding like the universe It's the heart of holy order Mercy, kindness, overwhelming love For the love of God is broader than the measure of our mind and the heart of the Eternal is most wonderfully kind If our love were but more simple we should rest upon God's word and our lives would be illumined by the presence of our Lord Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 30 1 I will exalt you, O Lord,   because you have lifted me up *   and have not let my enemies triumph over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried out to you, *   and you restored me to health. 3 You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead; *   you restored my life as I was going down to the grave. 4 Sing to the Lord, you servants of his; *   give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness. 5 For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye, *   his favor for a lifetime. 6 Weeping may spend the night, *   but joy comes in the morning. 7 While I felt secure, I said,   “I shall never be disturbed. *   You, Lord, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains.” 8 Then you hid your face, *   and I was filled with fear. 9 I cried to you, O Lord; *   I pleaded with the Lord, saying, 10 “What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit? *   will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness? 11 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; *   O Lord, be my helper.” 12 You have turned my wailing into dancing; *   you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy. 13 Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; *   O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever. Mark 5:21-43 (NRSV) When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 8 Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Jun 27

19 min 56 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 7. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We’ll sing “Abba” by Jonathan David Helser throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 9:9-20 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 4:35-41. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer monthly. Go to https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=LUAEY98ADT8UG to give a one-time gift. Painting is "Tempest" by Kathleen Peterson. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/diglib-fulldisplay.pl?SID=20210619435108583&code=ACT&RC=56574&Row=14 Abba Jonathan David Helser You’re more real than the ground I’m standing on You’re more real than the wind in my lungs Your thoughts define me You’re inside me You’re my reality Abba, I belong to You You’re closer than the skin on my bones You’re closer than the song on my tongue You came running down my prodigal road You came running with a ring and a robe Grace is the collision on the way back home With the arms of a Father who won’t let go Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 9:9-20 9 The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, * a refuge in time of trouble. 10 Those who know your Name will put their trust in you, * for you never forsake those who seek you, O Lord. 11 Sing praise to the Lord who dwells in Zion; * proclaim to the peoples the things he has done. 12 The Avenger of blood will remember them; * he will not forget the cry of the afflicted. 13 Have pity on me, O Lord; * see the misery I suffer from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gate of death; 14 So that I may tell of all your praises and rejoice in your salvation * in the gates of the city of Zion. 15 The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, * and in the snare they set is their own foot caught. 16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice; * the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands. 17 The wicked shall be given over to the grave, * and also all the peoples that forget God. 18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten, * and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever. 19 Rise up, O Lord, let not the ungodly have the upper hand; * let them be judged before you. 20 Put fear upon them, O Lord; * let the ungodly know they are but mortal. Mark 4:35-41 (NRSV) On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 7, Rite Two O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Jun 20

21 min 17 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 6. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We’ll sing “I Need You, Lord” by me throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 20 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 4:26-34. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer! Painting by unidentified artist. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/diglib-fulldisplay.pl?SID=2021061269712436&code=ACT&RC=55890&Row=6 Ordinary Time, Proper 6 I Need You, Lord Ben Ward I need You, Lord More than I need the air I’m breathing, Lord My heart cries out to you The One who made me and gave me life I drink Your living water I need You, Lord More than the very life in me And only You can satisfy All other water left me dry And now I’m looking in Your eye Jesus, fill me And heal my broken heart Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 20 1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble, *   the Name of the God of Jacob defend you; 2 Send you help from his holy place *   and strengthen you out of Zion; 3 Remember all your offerings *   and accept your burnt sacrifice; 4 Grant you your heart’s desire *   and prosper all your plans. 5 We will shout for joy at your victory   and triumph in the Name of our God; *   may the Lord grant all your requests. 6 Now I know that the Lord gives victory to his anointed; *   he will answer him out of his holy heaven,   with the victorious strength of his right hand. 7 Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, *   but we will call upon the Name of the Lord our God. 8 They collapse and fall down, *   but we will arise and stand upright. 9 O Lord, give victory to the king *   and answer us when we call. Mark 4:26-34 (NRSV) Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples. The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Proper 6, Rite Two Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Jun 13

17 min 28 sec

This is Ordinary Time, Proper 5. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We’ll sing “Song of Freedom” by me throughout today’s time of prayer. We’ll read Psalm 130 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is 1 Corinthian 4:13-5:1. We’ll say the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We’ll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you’d like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer! Photograph by me :). Song of Freedom Out of fear and into faith You lead me here by Your grace I am scared and full of doubt I cannot move or find a way out But You say, “Come to Me” You sing over me Your wondrous Song of Freedom: You are free indeed The waves of doubt I can quiet You are free indeed The voice of fear I can silence You are free indeed Drink my cup of kindness His power’s strong, His Word is true His grace rings out for me and you As we journey now from fear to faith Let us sing His Song let us celebrate His Song of Freedom Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 130 1 Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice; * let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication. 2 If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, * O Lord, who could stand? 3 For there is forgiveness with you; * therefore you shall be feared. 4 I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him; * in his word is my hope. 5 My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning, * more than watchmen for the morning. 6 O Israel, wait for the Lord, * for with the Lord there is mercy; 7 With him there is plenteous redemption, * and he shall redeem Israel from all their sins. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1 (NRSV) Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Jun 6

18 min 29 sec

This is Trinity Sunday. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit! As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We'll sing "Behold" by Joel Houston throughout today's time of prayer. We'll read Psalm 29 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Romans 8:12-17. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We'll then have a time of prompted prayer. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer! Behold (Then Sings My Soul) Verse 1 Behold the Father's heart The mystery He lavishes on us As deep cries out to deep Oh how desp'rately He wants us The things of earth stand next to Him Like a candle to the sun Unfailing Father What compares to His great love Verse 2 Behold His holy Son The Lion and the Lamb given to us The Word became a man That my soul should know its Saviour Forsaken for the sake of all mankind Salvation in His blood Jesus Messiah The righteous died for love It wasn't over For He is the risen One Chorus Then sings my soul Then sings my soul How great Your love is How great Your love is Then sings my soul Verse 3 Behold I have a friend The Spirit breathing holy fire within My ever present help Speaking truth when I can't find it Light up this broken heart and light my way 'Til my time on earth is done Oh Holy Spirit Breathe in me like kingdom come Oh Holy Spirit Let Your work in me be done Chorus Ending Then sings my soul my God He who was and is to come Prepare the way Until the work on earth is done Watch as the clouds He rides swing low Lift up the sound As He makes our praise His throne Behold the Lord our God will lead us home Prayer of Confession Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen. Psalm 29 1 Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, *    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.  2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name; *    worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.  3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;    the God of glory thunders; *    the Lord is upon the mighty waters.  4 The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; *    the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.  5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; *    the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;  6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *    and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.  7 The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire;    the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; *    the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.  8 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe *    and strips the forests bare.  9 And in the temple of the Lord*    all are crying, “Glory!”  10 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; *    the Lord sits enthroned as King for evermore.  11 The Lord shall give strength to his people; *    the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.  Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Romans 8:12-17 (NRSV) So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. Collect of the Day Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:20, 21 Photograph by me :).

May 30

17 min 58 sec

This is the Day of Pentecost. Come, Holy Spirit! As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We'll sing "Holy Spirit" by Bryan and Katie Torwalt throughout today's time of prayer. We'll read Psalm 104:25-35,37 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Acts 2:1-21. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We'll then have a time of prompted prayer. Photograph by me :). If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

May 23

23 min 14 sec

This is the fifth week of Easter. New life is here! As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We'll sing "Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2 throughout today's time of prayer. We'll read Psalm 22:24-30 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is John 15:1-8. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. We'll then have a time of prompted prayer. Photograph by me :). If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

May 2

21 min 5 sec

This is the third week of Easter. He is risen! As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We'll sing "New Wine" by Brooke Ligertwood throughout today's time of prayer. We'll read Psalm 104 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Luke 24:36b-48. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. Today, our times of prompted prayer are sprinkled throughout. Photograph by me :). If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Apr 18

17 min 47 sec

Today is the second Sunday of Easter. He is risen! As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We'll sing "Like Incense/Sometimes by Step" by Brooke Ligertwood and Beaker throughout today's time of prayer. We'll read Psalm 133 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is John 20:19-31. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. Today, our times of prompted prayer are sprinkled throughout. Art by Mildred Thompson (American, 1936–2003), Magnetic Fields, 1990. Oil on canvas, 62 × 48 in. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. © The Mildred Thompson Estate.. https://nmwa.org/art/collection/magnetic-fields/ If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Apr 11

17 min 12 sec

Today is Easter Sunday. He is risen indeed! As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We'll sing "Resurrecting" by Elevation throughout today's time of prayer. We'll read Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is John 20:1-18. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. Today, our times of prompted prayer are sprinkled throughout. Photograph by Todd Heft via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/vanchett/ If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Apr 4

17 min 28 sec

Today is Palm Sunday. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We'll sing "Hosanna" by Brooke Ligertwood throughout today's time of prayer. We'll read Psalm 118::1-2, 19-29 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 11:1-11. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. Today, our times of prompted prayer are sprinkled throughout. Photograph by VanessaC via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/vanchett/ If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Mar 28

22 min 10 sec

Today is the fifth Sunday in Lent. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We'll sing "As the Deer" by Martin Nystrom throughout today's time of prayer. We'll read Psalm 51:1-13 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is John 12:20-33. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. Today, our times of prompted prayer are sprinkled throughout. Photograph by me :). If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Mar 21

21 min 41 sec

Today is the fourth Sunday in Lent. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. We'll sing "King of My Heart" by Sarah McMillan and John Mark McMillan throughout today's time of prayer. We'll read Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is John 3:14-21. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. Today, our times of prompted prayer are sprinkled throughout. Photograph by me :). If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Mar 14

20 min 19 sec

Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, this is the third Sunday of Lent. We'll sing "King of Kings" by Brooke Ligertwood, Jason Ingram, and Scott Ligertwood throughout today's time of prayer. We'll read Psalm 19 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is John 2:13-22. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. Today, our times of prompted prayer are sprinkled throughout. Photograph by Robbie Veldwijk via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/rveldwijk/ If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Mar 7

18 min 6 sec

Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, we are in the season of Lent. We'll sing "Great is Thy Faithfulness" by Thomas Chisholm throughout today's time of prayer. We'll read Psalm 22:22-30 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 8:31-38. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. Today, our times of prompted prayer are sprinkled throughout. Photograph by Robbie Veldwijk via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/rveldwijk/ If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Feb 28

20 min 34 sec

Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, we are in the season of Lent. We'll sing "This is My Father's World" by Maltbie D. Babcock throughout today's time of prayer. We'll read Psalm 103:8-14 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. Today, our times of prompted prayer are sprinkled throughout. Photograph by Rosmarie Voegtli via Flickr. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Feb 21

17 min 5 sec

Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, we are in the season of Epiphany. We'll sing "10,000 Reasons" by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin throughout today's time of prayer. We'll read Psalm 147:1-12, 21c followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Isaiah 40:21-31. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. Today, our times of prompted prayer are sprinkled throughout. Photograph by me :). If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Feb 12

20 min 26 sec

Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, we are in the season of Epiphany. We'll sing a song I wrote with Stephanie Osorio, "More," throughout our time together. We'll read Psalm 111 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Gospel reading is Mark 1:21-28. We'll say the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day. Today, our times of prompted prayer are sprinkled throughout. Let me know if you like it! Photograph by Eric Huybrechts. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Feb 6

17 min 26 sec

Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, we are in the season of Epiphany. We'll start with the great hymn "Be Thou My Vision." Then we'll read Psalm 62:6-14 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Gospel reading is Mark 1:14-20. After the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day, we'll have a time of guided prayer. Photograph from a video on the YouTube Channel Talasbuan (Which is amazing!). If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Jan 29

17 min 9 sec

Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, we are in the season of Epiphany. We'll start with "Desert Song" by Brooke Ligertwood. Then we'll read selections from Psalm 139 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Gospel reading is John 1:43-51. After the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day, we'll have a time of guided prayer. Photograph by Rosmarie Voegtli via Flickr. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Jan 22

21 min 26 sec

Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, we are in the season of Epiphany. We'll start with my song, "I Need You, Lord." Then we'll read Psalm 29 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Gospel reading is Mark 1:4-11. After the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day, we'll have a time of guided prayer. Photograph by Rosmarie Voegtli via Flickr. If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Jan 15

20 min 34 sec

Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, Epiphany begins. We'll start with my setting of "The Prayer of St. Francis (Make Me an Instrument)" and weave it throughout. After a prayer of confession, we'll read Psalm 72:1-7,10-14 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Gospel reading is Matthew 2:1-12. After the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day, we'll have a time of guided prayer. Photograph by me :) If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Jan 8

24 min 54 sec

Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, it is the first week of Christmas. We'll begin with the worship song "I Don't Have Much" by Taylor Leonhardt and weave it throughout. Psalm 147:13-21 is followed by the Gloria Patri then John 1:1-18. After the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day, we'll have a time of guided prayer. Photograph by me :) If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Dec 2020

22 min 55 sec

Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, it is Christmas Eve. We'll begin with "O Little Town of Bethlehem" by Phillips Brooks and weave it throughout. Our Scripture Reading is Luke 1: 26-38. After the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day, we'll sing a bit more (it's Christmas, after all!). Photograph by me :) If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. I have a brand new Christmas Album! https://benwardmusic.bandcamp.com/album/one-voice-one-guitar-one-holy-night Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Dec 2020

9 min 16 sec

I have a brand new Christmas Album! https://benwardmusic.bandcamp.com/album/one-voice-one-guitar-one-holy-night Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, it is the third week of Advent. We'll begin with a sung version of the opening sentences. After a prayer of confession, we'll read Psalm 126 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11. After the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day, we'll sing, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and John Baptiste Calkin. Then we'll enter a time of guided prayer. Photograph by me :) If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Dec 2020

20 min 10 sec

I have a brand new Christmas Album! https://benwardmusic.bandcamp.com/album/one-voice-one-guitar-one-holy-night Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, it is the second week of Advent. We'll begin with a sung version of the opening sentences. After a prayer of confession, we'll read Psalm 85:1-2;8-13 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Isaiah 40:1-11. After the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day, we'll sing, "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Christina Rossetti and Gustov Holst. Then we'll enter a time of guided prayer. Photograph by me :) If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Dec 2020

19 min 4 sec

I have a brand new Christmas Album! https://benwardmusic.bandcamp.com/album/one-voice-one-guitar-one-holy-night Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, it is the first week of Advent. We'll begin with a sung version of the opening sentences. After a prayer of confession, we'll read Psalm 80:1-7;16-18 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is Mark 13:24-27. After the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day, we'll sing, "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" by Charles Wesley together with "I Love Your Presence" by Darren and Jessie Clarke. Then we'll enter a time of guided prayer. Photograph by me :) If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Dec 2020

23 min 52 sec

Thanks for praying and worshiping with me today. As always, our Scripture readings and general order come from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) Daily Office. In the Church calendar, it is Ordinary Time, Proper 28. We'll begin with a sung version of 2 Chronicles 16:9a: "For the eyes of the Lord roam throughout the earth, so that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His." This sung phrase will weave its way throughout today's episode. After a prayer of confession, we'll read Psalm 123 followed by the Gloria Patri. Our Lesson is 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11. After the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Collect of the Day, we'll sing, "Be Still My Soul" by Kathrina von Schlegel (translation by Jane Borthwick) and Jean Sibelius. Then we'll enter a time of guided prayer. Photograph by me :) If you have a prayer request please submit it at http://benwardmusic.com/prayerrequest. If you'd like to be on the email list visit http://benwardmusic.com/email. Visit https://patreon.com/morningprayer to give and support Morning Prayer!

Nov 2020

24 min 30 sec