LAUDS - Morning Prayer (Breakfast)

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O Lord, open our lips;
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Opening Sentence

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‘But ask the animals, and they will teach you;
the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?. . . . .Job 10:7-9

God ever reigns on high.
O come, let us worship.

Benedicite Aotearoa

  1. O give thanks to our God who is good:
    whose love endures for ever.
  2. You sun and moon, you stars of the southern sky:
    give to our God your thanks and praise.
  3. Sunrise and sunset, night and day:
    give to our God your thanks and praise.
  4. All mountains and valleys, grassland and scree,
    glacier, avalanche, mist and snow:
    give to our God your thanks and praise.
  5. You kauri and pine, rata and kowhai, mosses and ferns:
    give to our God your thanks and praise.
  6. Dolphins and kahawai, sealion and crab,
    coral, anemone, pipi and shrimp:
    give to our God your thanks and praise.
  7. Rabbits and cattle, moths and dogs,
    kiwi and sparrow and tui and hawk:
    give to our God your thanks and praise.
  8. You Maori and Pakeha, women and men,
    all who inhabit the long white cloud:
    give to our God your thanks and praise.
  9. All you saints and martyrs of the South Pacific:
    give to our God your thanks and praise.

The Armour of God

Almighty God,
grant us your wisdom and favour,
give us the grace to cast off the works of darkness
and put on the full armour of God,
now in the time of this mortal life,
Place on us the belt of truth, because you are the way,
    and the truth and the life,
the breastplate of righteousness,
    because we have no righteousness of our own,
    but you became our righteousness on the cross.
Place on us shoes of the Gospel of peace
    that we miss no opportunity to share your love with others.
Put on us the shield of faith,
    that the fiery darts of the enemy do not harm us in any way.
Put on us the helmet of salvation,
    that our minds be protected and renewed daily in You.
Put on us the sword of the Spirit,
    which is the word of God;
    and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    the Love of God
    and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all for ever more.
Amen.