A Service of Morning Prayer

First Form of Morning Prayer from An Australian Prayer Book (1978)


You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and
honour and power, for you created all things, and by your
will they existed and were created. Revelation 4.11

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in
spirit and truth. John 4.24

The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence
before him. Habakkuk 2.20


Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. Joel 2.13

The kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the
gospel. Mark 1.15

I will arise and go to my Father, and I will say to him,
‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am
no longer worthy to be called your son’. Luke 15.18,19

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth
is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God is faithful and
just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all un-
righteousness. 1 John 1.8,9

Dear friends, the scriptures urge us to acknowledge our
many sins, and not to conceal them in the presence of God
our heavenly Father, but to confess them with a penitent and
obedient heart, so that we may be forgiven through his
boundless goodness and mercy.
We ought always humbly to admit our sins before God, but
chiefly when we meet together to give thanks for the benefits
we have received at his hands, to offer the praise that is due
to him, to hear his holy word, and to ask what is necessary
for the body as well as the soul.
Therefore, let us draw near to the throne of our gracious
God, and say together:

Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have strayed from your ways like lost sheep.
We have left undone what we ought to have done,
and we have done what we ought not to have done.
We have followed our own ways and the desires of our own
We have broken your holy laws.
Yet, good Lord, have mercy on us;
restore those who are penitent,
according to your promises declared to mankind in Jesus
 Christ our Lord.
And grant, merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may live a godly and obedient life,
to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

Merciful Lord, grant to your faithful people pardon
and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their
sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bible Reading

Daniel 4:1-18



The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father
from there he shall come 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.


Lord, have mercy on us.
 Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Our Father in heaven
 hallowed be your Name,
 your kingdom come,
 your will be done
  on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
 as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
 but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
 now and for ever. Amen.

Lord, show us your mercy,
 and grant us your salvation.
Lord, save the Queen,
 and mercifully hear our prayers.
Clothe your ministers with righteousness,
 and make your chosen people joyful.
Lord, save your people,
 and bless your inheritance.
Give peace in our time, O Lord,
 for you are our help and strength.
Create in us clean hearts, O God,
 and renew us by your Holy Spirit.

Final Collects

O God, the author and lover of peace, in knowledge of whom
stands our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; de-
fend us your servants in all assaults of our enemies, that,
surely trusting in your defence, we may not fear the power
of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

Lord our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, we
thank you for bringing us safely to this day: keep us by your
mighty power, and grant that today we fall into no sin,
neither run into any kind of danger, but lead and govern us
in all things, that we may always do what is righteous in your
sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.