Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer

A Simple Version of Morning Prayer

If you are praying on your own, then you can use all the words. If you are in a household group, then one person can lead the prayers, and everyone else join in with the words in bold.

You may wish to light a candle and have some reflective music playing in the background.

The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. God is close to those who trust in him.

Nahum 1.7

Opening Sentences

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Pause for reflection as you offer the day to God.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
Amen.

Bible Reading

You may wish to say Psalm 23 or another psalm here, such as Psalm 16 or Psalm 139. Full texts for all suggested psalms and readings can be found online at CofE.io/WeeklyPattern

Psalm 23

  1. The Lord is my shepherd; therefore can I lack nothing.
  2. He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters.
  3. He shall refresh my soul
    and guide me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
  4. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil;
    for you are with me;your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  5. You spread a table before me
    in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil
    and my cup shall be full.
  6. Surely goodness and loving mercy
    shall follow me all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

You could now read the daily gospel reading, which you can find here or choose a bible passage of your own.

Prayers

Almighty and everlasting God,
we thank you that you have brought us safely
to the beginning of this day.
Keep us from falling into sin
or running into danger;
order us in all our doings
and guide us to do always
what is righteous in your sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us
from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Conclusion

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and keep us in eternal life.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.