Most of us would be familiar with the liturgy for Morning Prayer from our non-Holy Communion Services in SJC. What we might not be aware of is the fact that these prayers were also designed to be used in more intimate settings, like personal, family, or small group prayer times.
The Morning Prayer liturgy from our Anglican heritage is a rich resource that gives structure and guidance to our times of prayer, worship and Bible reading. The prayers are thoroughly biblical and, in some cases, direct quotations from Scripture. As we pray these prayers regularly, the Holy Spirit takes these prayers and shapes our prayer language and vocabulary such that we are formed inwardly to always pray in-line with God’s Word.
One other benefit of these prayers from our Anglican tradition is that they can help “give voice” to our prayers in times when we might not know how to pray. The season we are in across the globe, might be such a time for some people.
In these times when worshipping God is a little different from what we might be used to, this Morning Prayer liturgy gives all who call SJC home the chance to join our hearts even though we might be apart physically, praying and worshipping in our own homes, and as much as possible, with our families.
What a beautiful and powerful thought it is to know that scattered across the entire city are Christians from SJC, praying these exact same words, reflecting on the exact same Bible passage, listening to the exact same sermon.
Because of these common words, the church scattered becomes the church gathered.