Daily Morning Prayer December 21

December 21

Feast of St. Thomas


Morning Prayer for Advent (Daily Prayer for All Seasons)


As we begin the day, we focus on our calling to live faithfully, for who knows what today holds?

Opening

God’s bright glory will shine, and everyone will see it. Isaiah 40:5

Prayer

O Holy One, thank you for coming to us anew this day. Prepare our hearts and reawaken our love for you as we discern your call within us. May we join with you in making level the path for all people. Amen.

Praise

O Radiant Dawn, O Radiant Dawn, O Radiant Dawn
Splendour of Eternal Light
Sun of Justice, Sun of Justice, Sun of Justice
Come, come, come, come, come,
come shine on those who dwell in darkness And the shadow of death

Isaiah had prophesied,
‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light.
Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone’

O Radiant Dawn, O Radiant Dawn, O Radiant Dawn
Splendour of Eternal Light
Sun of Justice, Sun of Justice, Sun of Justice
Come, come, come, come, come,
come shine on those who dwell in darkness And the shadow of death

Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen, amen

Scripture:

Daily Office Lectionary Readings:

Zech. 8:9-17

Rev. 6:1-17

Matt. 25:31-46

Meditation

A Sonnet for St. Thomas the Apostle by Malcolm Guite

“We do not know… how can we know the way?”

Courageous master of the awkward question,

You spoke the words the others dared not say

And cut through their evasion and abstraction.

Oh doubting Thomas, father of my faith,

You put your finger on the nub of things

We cannot love some disembodied wraith,

But flesh and blood must be our king of kings.

Your teaching is to touch, embrace, anoint,

Feel after Him and find Him in the flesh.

Because He loved your awkward counter-point

The Word has heard and granted you your wish.

Oh place my hands with yours, help me divine

The wounded God whose wounds are healing mine.

Affirmation

We believe in God, Creator of all:
The two-legged, the four-legged, the winged ones,
and those that crawl upon the earth and swim in the waters.
We believe in God, One Who Walked with Us:
Our Brother Jesus born in humility,
who lived and died for us
and who will come again to bring us to glory.
We believe in God, Spirit with Us:
Ever present and ever guiding, upholding us
and showing us the principles to live by.
We hear God’s voice through the prophets.
Creator, One Who Walked with Us, Spirit with Us, Holy One:
We are named in the waters of baptism as your own,
all of us related, all of us your children.
We watch for signs of your homecoming
and thank you for this sacred circle of life. Amen.

Prayers

In the beginning, it is dark, cool, and quiet, and we ask you:
Invite us into your presence, O Christ.

We do not know your works, Holy One, yet still we ask you:
Invite us into your presence, O Christ.

We look to the rising sun and trust that you
Invite us into your presence, O Christ.

Feel free to add your own prayers and intercessions, or take a moment to Light a Prayer Candle with your intention for the day.

We pray for those in formation with the St. Phoebe School; for those seeking and discerning; and for all deacons in their lives, work, and ministries bridging the Church and the world.

You are our Shepherd, and we need nothing more.
We rejoice in your presence with us in all of creation. 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. 
Save us from the time of trial, 
     and deliver us from evil. 
For the kingdom, the power, 
     and the glory are yours, 
     now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer

God of hope, you call us from the exile of our sin with the good news of restoration; you build a highway through the wilderness; you come to us to bring us home. Comfort us with the expectation of your saving power, made known in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Going Out

God’s bright glory will shine, and everyone will see it.

Saturday Morning Prayer November 23

November 23


But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. James 3:17-18


Opening

Let all who desire wisdom walk in love.

Prayer

Holy Lord, giver of all wisdom: Set for us this day the banquet of your word; invite us to feast on the genius and beauty all around us. Then, turn us in humility toward the poor, the oppressed and the weak; we ask this in the name of Jesus, who is Wisdom for ever and ever. Amen.

Praise

A Song of Pilgrimage (Ecclesiasticus 51:13-16, 20b-22)

Before I ventured forth, even while I was very young, *
I sought wisdom openly in my prayer.
In the forecourts of the temple I asked for her, *
and I will seek her to the end.
From first blossom to early fruit, *
she has been the delight of my heart.
My foot has kept firmly to the true path, *
diligently from my youth have I pursued her.
I inclined my ear a little and received her; *
I found for myself much wisdom and became adept in her.
To the one who gives me wisdom will I give glory, *
for I have resolved to live according to her way.
From the beginning I gained courage from her; *
therefore I will not be forsaken.
In my inmost being, I have been stirred to seek her; *
therefore have I gained a good possession.
As my reward, the Almighty has given me the gift of language,*
and with it will I offer praise to God.

Scripture

Isa. 65:17-25

Rev. 22:14-21

Matt. 18:21-35

Meditation

Focus on Wisdom and do not be distracted. Watch the patterns of creation, and you will awaken to grace and tranquility. Proverbs 3:19-22 122

How will we remain focused today so as to receive wisdom from creation?

Prayers

O God, in peace, you have prepared our path for today.
Help us to trace it in peace.
If we speak, Remove lies from our lips.
If we are hungry, Rid us of complaint.
If we have plenty, Flatten the pride in us.

We offer these prayers of our hearts to your wise guidance:

Feel free to add your own prayers and intercessions, or take a moment to Light a Prayer Candle with your intention for the day.

May we pass through the day, calling on you, O Lord, who knows no other Lord. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

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. 
Save us from the time of trial, 
     and deliver us from evil. 
For the kingdom, the power, 
     and the glory are yours, 
     now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer

Holy One, in love you created us and called it good: Grant us the deep wisdom of your love that, wherever this day leads, our lives may remain rooted in your goodness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Going Out

Let all who desire wisdom walk in love.

Saturday Morning Prayer November 16


Saturday Prayers for Perseverance and Renewal

(from Daily Prayer for All Seasons)


Opening

My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is made perfect in weakness.

Prayer

Grant us, O God, not to be anxious about earthly things but to love things heavenly and, even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Praise

Peace before us before us, peace behind us,
Peace under our feet.
Peace within us, peace over us,
Let all around us be peace.

Light before us, light behind us,
Light under our feet.
Light within us, light over us,
Let all around us be light.

Love before us, love behind us,
Love under our feet.
Love within us, love over us,
Let all around us be love.

Christ before us, Christ behind us,
Christ under our feet.
Christ within us, Christ over us,
Let all around us be Christ.


Words: David Haas (based on a Navaho prayer)

Scripture

Daily Office Lectionary Readings:

1 Macc. 2:1-28

Rev. 20:1-6

Matt. 16:21-28

Reflection:

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. My speech and my proclamation were not with the persuasiveness of wisdom but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. I Corinthians 2:1,4-5

Meditation

Whenever I am weak, then I am strong. St. Paul (2 Corinthians 12:10b)

How do we find strength manifested in weakness?

Prayers

In our daily tasks,
God surrounds us.
In our successes and failures,
God surrounds us.
In our joys and sorrows,
God surrounds us.
With the healing of our world,
God surrounds us.

We pray for all who celebrate, or seek, or need God’s love:

As we continue our day,
God surrounds us in hope.

Lord’s Prayer

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. 
Save us from the time of trial, 
     and deliver us from evil. 
For the kingdom, the power, 
     and the glory are yours, 
     now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer

O Holy One, we keep still; we listen.
We hear you say, “I am your strength.”
And we say to you, “You are our redeemer.”
Amen.

Going Out

My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is made perfect in weakness.

Saturday Morning Prayer October 19

October 19


Saturday Morning Prayer from Daily Prayer for All Seasons

Terce: Mid-Morning Prayer


Opening

Let all who desire wisdom walk in love.

Prayer

Holy Lord, giver of all wisdom: Set for us this day the banquet of your word; invite us to feast on the genius and beauty all around us. Then, turn us in humility toward the poor, the oppressed and the weak; we ask this in the name of Jesus, who is Wisdom for ever and ever. Amen.

Praise

A Song of Pilgrimage (Ecclesiasticus 51:13-16, 20b-22)

Before I ventured forth, even while I was very young, *
I sought wisdom openly in my prayer.
In the forecourts of the temple I asked for her, *
and I will seek her to the end.
From first blossom to early fruit, *
she has been the delight of my heart.
My foot has kept firmly to the true path, *
diligently from my youth have I pursued her.
I inclined my ear a little and received her; *
I found for myself much wisdom and became adept in her.
To the one who gives me wisdom will I give glory, *
for I have resolved to live according to her way.
From the beginning I gained courage from her; *
therefore I will not be forsaken.
In my inmost being, I have been stirred to seek her; *
therefore have I gained a good possession.
As my reward, the Almighty has given me the gift of language,*
and with it will I offer praise to God.

Scripture

Daily Office Lectionary Readings:

2 Kings 25:8-12,22-26

1 Cor. 15:12-29

Matt. 11:7-15

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace. James 3:17-18

Meditation

Focus on Wisdom and do not be distracted. Watch the patterns of creation, and you will awaken to grace and tranquility. Proverbs 3:19-22 122

How will we remain focused today so as to receive wisdom from creation?

Prayers

O God, in peace, you have prepared our path for today.
Help us to trace it in peace.
If we speak, Remove lies from our lips.
If we are hungry, Rid us of complaint.
If we have plenty, Flatten the pride in us.

We offer these prayers of our hearts to your wise guidance:

Feel free to add your own prayers and intercessions, or take a moment to Light a Prayer Candle with your intention for the day.

May we pass through the day, calling on you, O Lord, who knows no other Lord. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

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. 
Save us from the time of trial, 
     and deliver us from evil. 
For the kingdom, the power, 
     and the glory are yours, 
     now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer

Holy One, in love you created us and called it good: Grant us the deep wisdom of your love that, wherever this day leads, our lives may remain rooted in your goodness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Going Out

Let all who desire wisdom walk in love.


Saturday Morning Prayer August 31

August 31


Saturday Morning Prayer from Daily Prayer for All Seasons


Opening

Holy God, you are always with us.
Open our eyes to your presence.

Prayer

God of faithful surprises, throughout the ages you have made known your love and power in unexpected ways and places: May we daily perceive the joy and wonder of your abiding presence and offer our lives in gratitude for our redemption. Amen.

Praise Benedicite Omnia Opera

All you works of God, bless your creator;
praise her and glorify her for ever.

Let the wide earth bless the creator;
let the arching heavens bless the creator;
let the whole body of God bless the creator;
praise her and glorify her for ever.

You returning daylight, bless your creator;
twilight and shadows, bless your creator;
embracing darkness, bless your creator;
praise her and glorify her for ever.

Let all who live and grow and breathe bless our creator,
praise her and glorify her for ever.

Daily Lectionary Readings:

1 Kings 7:51-8:21

Acts 28:17-31

Mark 14:43-52

Meditation

“People say that walking on water is a miracle, but to me, walking peacefully on the earth is the real miracle.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

How will we walk in peace today?

Affirmation

We believe in God,
the creator of all life and beauty,
who blesses our journey.

We believe in Jesus Christ,
who lived as a friend and savior
to all he met as he traveled,
and who ate and laughed,
wept and celebrated with them in love.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
who rides on the gentle breeze,
who strengthens our bindings,
and who offers hope eternal.

We believe in the church,
which stands open to all travelers,
and bears witness to the everlasting love of God.

Prayers

As we turn to the tasks before us this day,
Fill us, gracious Lord.

In making faithful choices, great and small,
Guide us, gracious Lord.

As we seek to notice and serve those in need,
Teach us, gracious Lord.

As we offer our lives to you,
Hear us, gracious Lord.

With our hearts ready to serve,
Accompany us, gracious Lord.

Lord’s Prayer

Eternal Spirit, by Ana Hernandez (from A New Zealand Prayer Book)

Going Out

Holy God, you are always with us.
Open our eyes to your presence.