Posted 12/14/2016 5:16:59 PM
There is something quite lovely about daily Morning Prayer.
The church is quiet and dark and as the service progresses the lights in the church grow brighter as does the sun outside (depending on the time of the year). And in the quiet of the church as the world begins its daily work we offer to God all that is going to take place within our community and the world throughout the day that lies ahead. We begin with a period of preparation and then after the psalm (the psalms of course recording every human emotion in sorrow and joy, love and anger yet with the light of faith) we then hear God’s word in the Old and New Testament. These readings proclaim God’s word as they are read out loud to a world passing by outside and they build up God’s people who are there to hear them. Our response is then to pray: for ourselves, our world and our church as well as any particular issues facing us in the day ahead. That done we depart in the light of Christ to face the day with hopefully something we have heard resounding in our hearts to encourage and sustain us through the hours ahead. This week our New Testament readings have been from 1 and 2 Thessalonians; one sentence from the many: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.”
1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 19