Friday Office

FRIDAY MORNING PRAYER

LISTEN

Sit comfortably, away from distractions.
Listen to the sounds around you, and acknowledge them.
Deepen your breathing.
Focus on God.
Offer him your thanks and praise.
Ask Him to be part of your day.

REFLECT

When it seems appropriate, read a passage of scripture.

Reflect upon what you have read. Give God time to speak to you.

Ask: what can I learn from this passage about God’s grace and about the way that I should live my Christian life?

PRAY

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

Loving God,
infinite and majestic:
beyond time, space,
and our deepest thought.
Give me wisdom to perceive you,
intellect to understand you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Benedict (480-543)

This morning, I pray for:
My family and friends ….
Those with whom I work ….
Those who rely on me ….

I pray for those in need ….
The sick ….
The lonely ….
The unloved ….

I pray for those who are struggling to find a job ….
Those who are in financial difficulty ….
Those whose relationships are in turmoil ….
I pray for…(any other needs)

Spirit of God, with your holy breath
you cleanse the hearts and minds of your people;
you comfort them when they are in sorrow,
you lead them when they wander from the way,
you kindle them when they are cold,
you knit them together when they are at variance,
and you enrich them with many and various gifts.
We beseech you daily to increase
those gifts which you have entrusted to us;
that with your light before us and within us
we may pass through this world
without stumbling and without straying.
Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

CONCLUDE

God of grace and glory give us the mind,
the heart, and the strength to live for you.
Walk with us and work through us that we may be
faithful in prayer, grow in holiness and draw many to you.
As we walk in the power of the Spirit
transform us into the likeness of Christ, to the glory of your name.
Amen.

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

FRIDAY EVENING PRAYER

LISTEN

Focus on God. Quietly express your love for Him.
Focus on yourself. Commit to God all that has happened during the day.

Offer him your thanks and praise for the good things;
confess the mistakes you have made and receive his forgiveness.

As you breath out, imagine letting go of any negative emotions or memories.

As you breathe in, imagine letting in the gentle breeze of God’s
Spirit: all that is honourable, just, pure, pleasing and good.
Breathe out. Breathe in.
Be still.

REFLECT

When it seems appropriate, read a passage of scripture.

Reflect upon what you have read. Give God time to speak to you.

Ask: what can I learn from this passage about God’s grace
and about the way that I should live my Christian life?

PRAY

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

Loving God
forgive me for those times
when I have been so self-obsessed
that I have been less compassionate
than I should have been.
Help me to remember that there are many
who are not as fortunate as I am.

When I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
when I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
when I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
when I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
and remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
by word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
Samuel F. Pugh (1850-1922)

This evening I pray for:
My own needs …
The needs of others ….
The needs of people throughout the world ….
I also pray for… (any other needs)

Watch, dear Lord,
with those who wake or weep tonight,
and let your angels protect those who sleep.
Tend the sick. Refresh the weary.
Sustain the dying. Calm the suffering.
Pity the distressed.
We ask this for your love’s sake.
Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

CONCLUDE

God of grace and glory give us the mind,
the heart, and the strength to live for you.
Walk with us and work through us that we may be
faithful in prayer, grow in holiness and draw many to you.
As we walk in the power of the Spirit
transform us into the likeness of Christ, to the glory of your name. Amen.

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