Morning Prayer

In the season of Lent 2018, several leaders at Freeborn Church have committed to praying the “Daily Office” of Morning Prayer (Matins) and Evening Prayer (Vespers).  Mostly we will do this on our own, though we will gather in the Old Chapel at Freeborn on Tuesdays at 4pm for Evening Prayer and Thursdays at 9am for Morning Prayer.  All are welcome to join us.

Links to texts are below. When you come to the Psalms and Readings, clicking the link will take you to the week’s readings. You can look these up in your Bible, or each day also has a link to the Bible text online.

Sung forms can be found in the Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW) pages 131-137 for Morning Prayer and pages 142-151 for Evening Prayer.  We have lots of copies of the LBW on hand if you would like to borrow one for the season. You can listen to a sung version of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. 


Morning Prayer (Matins)

L: O Lord, open my lips,
C: and my mouth shall declare your praise.

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

L: Give glory to God, our light and our life.
C: Oh, come, let us worship him. Oh, come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great king above all gods. In his hand are the caverns of the earth; the heights of the hills are also his. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands have molded the dry land. Oh, come, but us bow down and bend the knee, and kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

L: Give glory to God, our light and our life.
C: Oh, come, let us worship him.

Psalms
Silence for meditation
Psalm prayer
Hymn
Lessons—Old Testament and Epistle
Silence for meditation after each reading

L: In many and various ways God spoke to his people of old by the prophets.
C: But now in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.

 C: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David. Through the holy prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us, to show mercy to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight, all the days of our life.

L: You my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break up on us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. 

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

Prayer of the Day
Other Prayers/Meditation

L: O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us in safety to this new day; preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome in adversity; and in all that we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen

L: Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:
C: 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,  forever and ever. Amen.

 L: Let us bless the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

L: The Lord almighty bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.
C: Amen.