The rhythm of daily prayer in the life of Jesus' followers is already evident in the historical scriptures of the New Testament compiled by Luke in the book he called The Acts of the Apostles. In the second chapter of Acts, Luke tells of the gift of the Holy Spirit poured out in a particular way, leading to the organization of a group of believers who met daily for worship, teaching, table fellowship, and prayer:
…those who welcomed Peter’s message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. (v. 41-47)
The service booklet for daily morning and evening prayer provided below intends to maintain this ancient practice of devotion. Please accept our warmest welcome as you join us in this ancient practice of Christian spirituality. May the peace of Jesus Christ fill your heart and mind.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
MORNING & EVENING
SAMPLE MORNING PRAYER
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25
a poem by pastor Jonathan
Unwoven is the fabric of your Image, LORD.
Unraveled, our lives,
along this string of Time.
In agony we stand upon the Present.
Knit us newly from your love;
make our patchwork hearts
the banner of your grace,
else we long for Eden,
and – like the firstborn –
we forget that you are God.
But you, O LORD,
build from our crumbling spirits
the fortress of your strength;
work in our minds
your pure and selfless grace.
We trust not privilege or understanding,
only give us again your promise and peace.
Accept our prayer: these small words
that humbly open toward the glory of Jesse’s Rose –
In our profanity we adore you as we are able:
Unbegotten Lovesuffering Beauty of Vibrating Life
Baruch ata Adonai Elohenu,