MORNING PRAYER

SILENCE [2 min]
Silence, stillness, and centering before the God of our salvation.

THE PSALM
Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God. More in number than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause; mighty are those who would destroy me, those who attack me with lies. What I did not steal must I now restore? O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you. Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord God of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach, that dishonor has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother’s sons. For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. When I wept and humbled my soul with fasting, it became my reproach….But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.

(Psalms 69:1–11, 13)

MORNING HYMN
Father, whate’er of earthly bliss Thy sov’reign will denies,

Accepted at Thy throne of grace, let this petition rise.

Give me a calm, a thankful heart, from every murmur free;

The blessing of Thy grace impart, and let me live to Thee.

Let the sweet hope that Thou art mine

My life and death attend;

Thy presence through my journey shine, and crown my journey’s end.

Amen.

-Anne Steele, 1760

PROMPTED PRAYER

  • For a soft, repentant heart
  • For those suffering from mental health issues
  • For teachers and those who work in education

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

EVENING PRAYER

SILENCE [2 min]
Silence, stillness, and centering before the God of our salvation.

THE PSALM
Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek. They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind… And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?” Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children. But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end… Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

(Psalms 73:1-5, 11-17, 25-26)

MEDITATIVE PRAYER
I believe, Lord. Please help my unbelief.

REMEMBER
From a wandering nomad You created Your family; [Abraham]

for a burdened people You raised up a leader; [Moses]

for a confused nation You chose a king; [David]

for a rebellious crowd You sent Your prophets.

In these last days You have sent us Your son, Your perfect image,

bringing Your kingdom, revealing You will, dying, rising, reigning,

remaking Your people for Yourself.

Through Him You have poured out Your Holy Spirit, filling us with light and life.

-Kenyan Liturgy

THE BENEDICTION
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

(James 4:10)

SILENCE [2 min]
Silence and stillness, as God has the last word to finish the day. He labors while you sleep.