• Rev. Sarina Odden Meyer

Morning Prayer: God Calms the Storm

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

The Call to Prayer

Jesus said, “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28


The Request for Presence

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.

From the end of the earth I call to you, when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I; for you are my refuge.

Psalm 61:1-3a


The Greeting

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by.

Psalm 57:1


The Hymn

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,

when the clouds unfold their wings of strife?

When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,

will your anchor drift or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul

steadfast and sure while the billows roll,

fastened to the rock which cannot move,

grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!


Will your anchor hold in the straits of fear,

when the breakers roar and the reef is near?

While the surges rave and the wild winds blow,

shall the angry waves then your bark o’er flow?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul

steadfast and sure while the billows roll,

fastened to the rock which cannot move,

grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!


Will your eyes behold through the morning light

the city of gold and the harbor bright?

Will you anchor safe by the heavenly shore,

when life’s storms are past forevermore?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul

steadfast and sure while the billows roll,

fastened to the rock which cannot move,

grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!

Priscilla Jane Owens

PCC Hymn #744 Will your anchor hold


The Refrain

Jesus said, “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28


A Reading

On that day, when evening had come, he 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 the 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?”

Mark 4:35-41


The Refrain

Jesus said, “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28


The Psalm

Some went down to the sea in ships,

doing business on the mighty waters;

they saw the deeds of the Lord,

his wondrous works in the deep.

For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,

which lifted up the waves of the sea.

They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;

their courage melted away in their calamity;

they reeled and staggered like drunkards,

and were at their wits’ end.

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he brought them out from their distress;

he made the storm be still,

and the waves of the sea were hushed.

Then they were glad because they had quiet,

and he brought them to their desired haven.

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wonderful works to humankind.

Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,

and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

Psalm 107:23-32


The Refrain

Jesus said, “Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28


The Gloria

All glory to Almighty God

for love so deep, so high, so broad!

The Trinity whom we adore

forever and forever more.

15th c. Latin, translated by Benjamin Webb

PCC Hymn #205 O love, how deep, how broad, how high


The Lord’s Prayer


The Prayer Appointed for the Day

Keep, O God, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace each of us may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Phyllis Tickle


The Concluding Prayer of the Church

God, you have prepared in peace the path I must follow today. Help me to walk straight on that path. If I speak, remove lies from my lips. If I am hungry, take away from me all complaint. If I have plenty, destroy pride in me. May I go through the day calling on you, and only you, you, O Lord, who know no other Lord. Amen.

Ethiopian Prayer

in Phyllis Tickle’s Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime, pg. 9


(Inspired by Phyllis Tickle’s The Divine Hours, Pocket Edition)

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