Saturday Office

SATURDAY 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,
give me courage to face the things
which make me afraid,
and strength to overcome temptation.

Turn that which is evil in me into good
and that which is good into that which is better;
turn my mourning into joy,
my wandering feet into the right path,
my ignorance into knowledge of your truth,
my lukewarmness into zeal, my fear into love,
all my material good into a spiritual gift,
all my earthly desires into heavenly,
all that is transient into that which lasts forever.
Thomas a Kempis (c.1380-1471)

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 spirit of love
which does not want to be rewarded,
honoured or esteemed,
but only to become the blessing and happiness
of everything that wants it;
love which is the very joy of life,
and your own goodness and truth within the soul.
William Law (1686-1761)

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

SATURDAY 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,
source of life and hope,
help me not to be distracted
by shallow or temporal things.
Grant me, to rest in you above every creature,
above all health and beauty,
above all glory and honour,
above all power and dignity,
above all knowledge and subtlety,
above all riches and arts,
above all joy and exultation,
above all fame and praise,
above all sweetness and consolation,
above all hope and promise,
above all desert and desire,
above all gifts and presents
which you are able to bestow or infuse,
above all joy and gladness
which the mind is capable of receiving and feeling;
finally, above angels and archangels,
and above all the heavenly host.
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)

God of love, whose compassion never fails;
I bring before you the troubles
and perils of people and nations,
the sighing of prisoners and captives,
the sorrow of the bereaved,
the necessities of strangers,
the helplessness of the weak,
the despondency of the weary,
the failing powers of the aged.
O Lord, draw near to each;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Anselm (1033-1109)

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