Daily Prayer

It is part of the pattern and discipline of Anglican Worship to join in the daily prayer of the church.

A regular pattern of daily prayer helps ground our life in the deep rhythms of the universe and to ride out the choppy surface waters of everyday busyness.

Jesus grew up taking part in the community worship in the synagogue. The gospels tell how he prayed regularly; he was often up before dawn to spend time praying to his Father – and especially before taking a major decision.

If you can, do join in the daily service in your parish church, or a church near your place of work. But you also participate in the common worship of the church when you pray by yourself or with a small group, whether you use a set form of words (office) or pray in your own words for those listed in a corporate prayer cycle.

DIOCESAN PRAYER

God, and Father of all
You have planted the Good News
of your love in the faith communities
of our Diocese.

By your Spirit at work in us,
Grant us to grow strong in Christ so that our lives
of devotion and service may reveal to your world
the power of your love,
which is able to do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

A PRAYER FOR BISHOP RICHARD

Heavenly Father, you shepherd your people
and by your Holy Spirit make us one in Christ.
Bless Richard our Bishop that,
with wisdom, truth and love,
he may foster renewal
of vision, faith and mission in this Diocese
and be a focus of unity in parish, clergy, people and community.

Sustain him with the loving care of Jesus,
that he may sense and share
your strength in weakness,
know and minister your power to heal and console  and, by the Spirit’s grace,
restore and reconcile us to you
and to one another in the mystical Body of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

PRAYERS FOR OUR LINK WITH THE DIOCESE OF THE HIGHVELD

Almighty God,
You have called us,
the Diocese of the Highveld and the Diocese of Monmouth,
to journey together in Christ
on a common pilgrimage of faith and discipleship.
Strengthen and uphold us
that whatever challenges we may face
you may give us your grace
to live out our companionship
according to your will.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Loving creator,
whose Son Jesus Christ, has transformed us with the hope of new life,
prosper the work of your Church in the Dioceses of the Highveld and Monmouth.
Through the inspiration of your Holy Spirit.
may we grow together in the love of Jesus.
Bless our bishops
to be messengers of the Good News,
and through the lives of us all
may your kingdom come,
through Jesus Christ,
who with you and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns as Lord of all,
world without end.  Amen.