Scripture: Psalm 88
Key verses: ( 1-2, 13) O Lord, God of my salvation, when, at night, I cry out in your presence, let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. But I, O Lord, cry out to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Reflection: Daily prayer is an old practice of the church. Early monastic communities centered their lives around the rhythm of the “daily office,” when prayers were said and sung at prescribed times of day, and into the night. During the Reformation, some church traditions were simplified so that regular people could participate in what had become complicated practices by religious professionals. Many of us today try to keep to a personal schedule of some kind of morning and evening prayer. No doubt your reading and prayer using these daily devotionals is a part of your own practice.
Our brand new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, contains suggestions for daily prayer: Morning, Midday, Evening, and at the Close of Day. We will celebrate the new hymnal and its resources for communal worship this Sunday. It contains 853 hymns, psalms and songs, almost half of which were found in our old blue hymnal, and the other half from older Presbyterian and other hymnals, or newer composers. We welcome all the ways it will enrich our worship on Sunday mornings. If you get a chance when you are next in the sanctuary, take a look at the front of the hymnal, pages 23-33, as a possible resource for your own continued daily prayer at home or with small groups.
Our prayer this morning is adapted from Glory to God.
Prayer: Satisfy us with your love in the morning, and we will live this day in joy and praise.
(Give your own prayers for… the beauty of creation and the wonder of living; the love of family and friends; particular blessings of the day; opportunities for faithful service; the mission and ministry of the church. Lift up your own intercessions for……family, friends, and neighbors; those who are sick or suffering; those who are poor or vulnerable; peace and justice in the world; the church of Jesus Christ in every land.)
As you cause the sun to rise, O God, bring the light of Christ to dawn in our souls and dispel all darkness. Give us grace to reflect Christ’s glory; and let his love show in our deeds, his peace shine in our words, and his healing in our touch, that all may give him praise, now and forever. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].