Morning and Evening Prayer

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Today, January 18th, we begin our regular services of Morning (7:30) and Evening Prayer (5:15) at St Peter’s.  We will be following the Lectionary readings in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, reading the New Testament and Gospel Lessons in the Morning, and the Old Testament and Gospel Lessons in the Evening. You can find them in the ESV here.

For now we will be using our regular traditional language Book of Common Prayer.  Later we may transition to the more contemporary forms being created by the Anglican Church in North America. Here is an update on recent progress of the Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force

In addition to prescribed prayers there will also be ample time for personal prayers and thanksgiving.  For those who are not able to come in person, please feel free to send prayer requests to me by email or text, and we will bring them to our Heavenly Father.

We live in a time of abundant devotional resources. Let me encourage you to consider another wonderful way to experience the Scripture through the Daily Audio Bible which follows the same reading plan as our Read Through the Bible folks are using. The Bible Gateway web resource is synced with the Daily Audio Bible if you want to read along, or read instead of listening. You can choose from dozens of translations for the same lessons.

Finally, for a daily devotional let me recommend the great classic, My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.  This too is available online here.  Let me give you a sample from today’s reading:

Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of true devotion to Jesus is the service we do for Him. It is easier to serve than to pour out our lives completely for Him. The goal of the call of God is His satisfaction, not simply that we should do something for Him. We are not sent to do battle for God, but to be used by God in His battles. Are we more devoted to service than we are to Jesus Christ Himself?

 

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