Monday Office

MONDAY 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 from 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, thank you for bringing me safely
to the beginning of this new day.
Be with me as I go about my daily tasks.
Stay with me when I come close to temptation.
Stand before me when I feel weary.
Be at my side when difficult things are asked of me.
Be a bright flame before me, a guiding star above me,
a smooth path beneath me, a kindly shepherd behind me,
today and evermore.
Columba (521-597)

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)

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

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

MONDAY EVENING PRAYER

LISTEN

Focus on God.
Quietly express your love for Him.

Focus on yourself, and 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, begin to 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,
you know what is in me.
You know my strengths and weaknesses,
my hopes and fears.
Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth,
from uncertainty to trust,
from turmoil to peace.

Write your blessed name,
O Lord, upon my heart,
there to remain so indelibly engraved,
that no prosperity,
no adversity shall ever move me from your love.
Be to me a strong tower of defence,
a comforter in tribulation, a deliverer in distress,
a very present help in trouble and a guide to heaven
through the many temptations and dangers of this life.
Thomas a Kempis (c.1380-1471)

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)

Save the afflicted;
have mercy on the lowly;
raise the fallen;
appear to the needy;
restore the wanderers;
feed the hungry;
ransom our prisoners;
raise the sick; comfort the faint-hearted.
Clement of Rome (1st century)

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