Sit comfortably, away from distractions. Listen to the sounds around you, and acknowledge them. Deepen your breathing.
Focus on God. Offer him your thanks and praise. Ask Him to guide and direct your day.
When it seems appropriate, read the passage of scripture set for the day.
Reflect on what you have read. Give God time to speak to you.
Ask: what can I learn from this passage about God’s grace and how to live as a follower of Christ?
Loving God, help me to be, in everything I do and say, an instrument of grace and a witness to your Kingdom.
May I be no one’s enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides. May I never quarrel with those nearest me: and if I do, may I be reconciled quickly. May I love, seek, and attain only that which is good. May I wish for all people’s happiness and envy none. May I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me. When I have done or said what is wrong, may I never wait for the rebuke of others, but always rebuke myself until I make amends. May I win no victory that harms either me or my opponent. May I reconcile friends who are angry with one another. May I, to the extent of my power, give all needful help to my friends and all who are in want. May I never fail a friend who is in danger. When visiting those in grief may I be able by gentle and healing words to soften their pain. May I respect myself. May I always keep tame that which rages within me. May I accustom myself to be gentle, and never be angry with people because of circumstances. May I never discuss who is wicked or what wicked things he has done, but know good people and follow in their footsteps. (Euseuis C3)
This morning I pray for: my family and friends … those with whom I work … those who rely on me …
I pray for those in need … the sick… the lonely … the unloved …
I pray for those who are struggling to find a job … those who are in financial difficulty … those whose relationships are in turmoil …
I pray for … [any other needs]
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love, where there is injury, pardon, where there is doubt, faith, where there is despair, hope, where there is darkness, light, where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, not so much to be understood as to understand, not so much to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we awake to eternal life. (Sometimes attributed to Francis of Assisi 1182-1226)
Be with us as we seek to follow in the footsteps of your Son. Grant us humility and prayerfulness that may attract many into your kingdom. Let our lives reflect the light of Christ and the hope of faith. In the name of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen