Thursday Office

THURSDAY MORNING

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,
help me to be, in everything I do and say,
an instrument of grace and a witness to your Kingdom.

May I be no one’s enemy,
and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides.
May I never quarrel with those nearest me:
and if I do, may I be reconciled quickly.
May I love, seek, and attain only that which is good.
May I wish for all people’s happiness and envy none.
May I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me.
When I have done or said what is wrong,
may I never wait for the rebuke of others,
but always rebuke myself until I make amends.
May I win no victory that harms either me or my opponent.
May I reconcile friends who are angry with one another.
May I, to the extent of my power,
give all needful help to my friends and all who are in want.
May I never fail a friend who is in danger.
When visiting those in grief
may I be able by gentle and healing words, to soften their pain.
May I respect myself.
May I always keep tame that which rages within me.
May I accustom myself to be gentle,
and never be angry with people because of circumstances.
May I never discuss who is wicked and what wicked things he has done,
but know good people and follow in their footsteps.
Eusebius (3rd 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)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.
Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

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

THURSDAY 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,
help me to share your words of life
with my family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues.

Help me to speak of holiness; righteousness;
freedom; and compassion.

Give me the opportunity to talk about healing; comfort;
acceptance; and forgiveness.

Grant, O God,
that I may speak so boldly and so lovingly
that the greatness of Christ
may shine out clearly in my person,
through the indwelling of your Holy Spirit.
Donald Coggan (1909-2000)

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)

Lighten our darkness,
we beseech thee, O Lord;
and by thy great mercy
defend us from all perils
and dangers of this night;
for the love of thy only Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Book of Common Prayer (origin c. 5th 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