Sunday Office

SUNDAY 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 you are ready, 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,
I pray for your church
in its variety and richness
throughout the world.
Bless the work of all
who share in the proclamation
of the good news of your kingdom.
Bless all your people, and all your flock.
Give your peace, your help, your love
to us your servants,
the sheep of your fold,
that we may be united
in the bond of peace and love,
one body and one spirit,
in one hope of our calling.
Liturgy of St. Mark (2nd century)

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 us grace, O Father,
not to pass by suffering or joy without eyes to see.
Give us understanding and sympathy,
and guard us from selfishness,
that we may enter into
the joys and sufferings of others.
Use us to gladden and strengthen
those who are weak and suffering;
that by our lives we may help others to believe
and serve you, and shed forth your light
which is the light of life.
H.R.L (Dick) Sheppherd (1880-1937)

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

SUNDAY 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,
you have called me to live by faith,
in obedience to your will,
so that I might have life in all its fullness.
Help me to love you with all my heart,
to mature as a disciple of Christ,
and to grow in the gifts and fruits of your Spirit.
O Lord God, destroy and root out
whatever the adversary plants in me,
that with my sins destroyed
you may sow understanding and good work
in my mouth and heart;
so that in act and in truth
I may serve only you and know how to fulfil
the commandments of Christ
and to seek yourself.
Columbanus (c.550-615)

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 be in my head
and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes
and in my looking;
God be in my mouth
and in my speaking;
God be in my heart
and in my thinking;
God be at my end
and at my departing.
The Book of Hours (16th 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