Wednesday Office

WEDNESDAY 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,
I offer myself to you:
my mind – to imagine the possibilities of your kingdom;
my eyes – to see the needs of others;
my ears – to hear the cries of the world;
my voice – to share your Good News;
my hands – to work in your service;
my feet – to walk the path set before me;
my heart – to love you above all things.

Grant me to know that which is worth knowing,
to love that which is worth loving,
to praise that which can bear with praise,
to hate what in your sight is unworthy,
to prize what to you is precious,
and, above all, to search out and to do
what is well-pleasing unto you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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)

O God, you are the light of the minds that know you,
the life of the souls that love you,
and the strength of the wills that serve you:
help me to know you that I may truly love you,
and so to love you that I may fully serve you,
whom to serve is perfect freedom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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

WEDNESDAY 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 you are ready, 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,
help me to dream of love
in a world that often speaks of hate;
to dream of hope
in a world that often speaks of despair.

Teach me to seek you, and as I seek you,
show yourself to me, for I cannot seek you
unless you show me how, and I will never find you
unless you show yourself to me.
Let me seek you by desiring you,
and desire you by seeking you;
let me find you by loving you,
and love you in finding you.
Anselm (1033-1109)

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)

Breathe in me, that I may think what is holy.
Move me, that I may do what is holy.
Attract me, that I may love what is holy.
Strengthen me, that I may guard what is holy.
Guard me, that I may keep what is holy.
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