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 guide and direct your day.
When it seems appropriate, read the passage of scripture set for the day.
Reflect on what you have read. Give God time to speak to you.
Ask: what can I learn from this passage about God’s grace and how to live as a follower of Christ?
Loving God, thank you for bringing me safely to the beginning of this new day. Be with me as I go about my daily tasks.
Stay with me when I come close to temptation. Stand before me when I feel weary. Be at my side when difficult things are asked of me.
Be a bright flame before me, a guiding star above me, a smooth path beneath me, a kindly shepherd behind me, today and evermore. (Columba 521-597)
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]
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. (Reinhold Niebuhr 1892-1971)
Be with us as we seek to follow in the footsteps of your Son. Grant us humility and prayerfulness that may attract many into your kingdom. Let our lives reflect the light of Christ and the hope of faith. In the name of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen