Daily Prayers

These short services of morning and night prayer are offered to help you in your daily prayers, which will be all the more important when we cannot meet for worship together.

 

Morning Prayer

You may wish to light a candle and have some reflective music playing in the background.

‘The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. God is close to those who trust in him.’

Nahum 1.7

 

Opening Sentences

O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

 

Pause for reflection as you offer the day to God.

 

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and forever. Amen.

 

Psalm 

 You may wish to say Psalm 23 or another psalm here, such as Psalm 16 or Psalm 139.

 

Psalm 23

1   The Lord is my shepherd; therefore can I lack nothing.

2   He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters.

3   He shall refresh my soul and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4   Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;

for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5   You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil and my cup shall be full.

6   Surely goodness and loving mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Bible Reading

You may wish to use the weekly pattern of short readings given in the Daily readings page, or choose a passage of your own.

 

Prayers 

Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger; order us in all our doings and guide us to do always what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Conclusion 

 The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and keep us in eternal life. Amen.

 

Night Prayer

 

You may wish to light a candle and have some reflective music playing in the background.

 

‘The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.’

Deuteronomy 33.27

 

Opening Sentences

 

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

 

Pause and reflect on the day that is past.

 

Save us, O Lord, while waking, and guard us while sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep may rest in peace.

 

Psalm

You may wish to say here the psalm given below, or Psalm 27, or another chosen psalm.

 

Psalm 91

1   Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,

2   Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my stronghold, my God, in whom I put my trust.’

3   For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

4   He shall cover you with his wings and you shall be safe under his feathers; his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.

5   You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day;

6   Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.

7   Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, yet it shall not come near you.

8   Your eyes have only to behold to see the reward of the wicked.

9   Because you have made the Lord your refuge and the Most High your stronghold,

10   There shall no evil happen to you, neither shall any plague come near your tent.

11   For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

12   They shall bear you in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13   You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14   Because they have set their love upon me, therefore will I deliver them; I will lift them up, because they know my name.

15   They will call upon me and I will answer them; I am with them in trouble, I will deliver them and bring them to honour.

16   With long life will I satisfy them  and show them my salvation.

Glory to the Father and to the Son  and to the Holy Spirit;  as it was in the beginning is now  and shall be for ever. Amen.

 

Short reading

You, O Lord, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; leave us not, O Lord our God.  Jeremiah 14.9

 

Prayers

Merciful God, we entrust to your unfailing and tender care this night those who are ill or in pain, knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold us safe. Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may rest upon your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray, and drive far from it the snares of the enemy; may your holy angels dwell with us in peace, and may your blessing be always upon us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 The Conclusion

In peace we will lie down and sleep; for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

The Lord bless us and watch over us; The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us; The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen.