Announcement

The Daily is in the process of being reimagined and so will be discontinued for the month of March & April. But, new and exciting things are coming soon! In the meantime, if you are interested in joining the conversation on how to help one another keep a daily rhythm of prayer and scripture please contact Traci Rowe: traciraerowe@gmail.com

Morning Prayer

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Announcement (The Daily)

The Daily is going to be changing after the Lenten Season. If you are interested in joining the conversation for how to help one another in our daily rhythms. Please contact Traci Rowe: traciraerowe@gmail.com

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mark 5:21-43 (NRSV)

21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23and begged him repeatedly, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.’ 24So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.’ 29Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ 31And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?” ’ 32He looked all round to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’

35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’ 36But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’ 37He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39When he had entered, he said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.’ 40And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha cum’, which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’ 42And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?]
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Announcement (The Daily)

The Daily is going to be changing after the Lenten Season. If you are interested in joining the conversation for how to help one another in our daily rhythms. Please contact Traci Rowe: traciraerowe@gmail.com

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mark 5:25-29 (NRSV)

25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.’ 29Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Announcement (The Daily)

The Daily is going to be changing after the Lenten Season. If you are interested in joining the conversation for how to help one another in our daily rhythms. Please contact Traci Rowe: traciraerowe@gmail.com

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mark 5:1-20 (NRSV)

They came to the other side of the lake, to the country of the Gerasenes. 2And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. 3He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain; 4for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. 5Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones. 6When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; 7and he shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.’ 8For he had said to him, ‘Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!’ 9Then Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He replied, ‘My name is Legion; for we are many.’ 10He begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11Now there on the hillside a great herd of swine was feeding; 12and the unclean spirits begged him, ‘Send us into the swine; let us enter them.’ 13So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned in the lake.

14 The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came to see what it was that had happened. 15They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. 16Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it. 17Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighbourhood. 18As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. 19But Jesus refused, and said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.’ 20And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Announcement (The Daily)

The Daily is going to be changing after the Lenten Season. If you are interested in joining the conversation about how best to help one another in our daily rhythms. Please contact Traci Rowe: traciraerowe@gmail.com

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mark 4:35-41 (NRSV)

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ 41And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Announcement (The Daily)

The Daily is going to be changing after the Lenten Season. If you are interested in joining the conversation about how best to help one another in our daily rhythms. Please contact Traci Rowe: traciraerowe@gmail.com

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mark 4:21-34 (NRSV)

21 He said to them, ‘Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? 22For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. 23Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’ 24And he said to them, ‘Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 25For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.’

26 He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’

30 He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Announcement (The Daily)

The Daily is going to be changing after the Lenten Season. If you are interested in joining the conversation about how best to help one another in our daily rhythms. Please contact Traci Rowe: traciraerowe@gmail.com

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mark 4:1-20 (NRSV)

Again he began to teach beside the lake. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the lake and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the lake on the land. 2He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: 3‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. 6And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. 7Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.’ 9And he said, ‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’

10 When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11And he said to them, ‘To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; 12in order that
“they may indeed look, but not perceive,
and may indeed listen, but not understand;
so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.” ’

13 And he said to them, ‘Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? 14The sower sows the word. 15These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. 17But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 18And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, 19but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. 20And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mark 3:7-19 (NRSV)

7 Jesus departed with his disciples to the lake, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; 8hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon. 9He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; 10for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. 11Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, ‘You are the Son of God!’ 12But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.

13 He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. 14And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, 15and to have authority to cast out demons. 16So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Then he went home;

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

John 5:19-24 (NRSV)

19 Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. 20The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. 21Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomsoever he wishes. 22The Father judges no one but has given all judgement to the Son, 23so that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father. Anyone who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent him. 24Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgement, but has passed from death to life.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mark 2:1-12 (NRSV)

23 One sabbath he was going through the cornfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24The Pharisees said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?’ 25And he said to them, ‘Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? 26He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.’ 27Then he said to them, ‘The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; 28so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.’

3Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3And he said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Come forward.’ 4Then he said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?’ But they were silent. 5He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mark 2:1-12 (NRSV)

13 Jesus went out again beside the lake; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. 14As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

15 And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax-collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him. 16When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax-collectors, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’ 17When Jesus heard this, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’

18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, ‘Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?’ 19Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding-guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.

21 ‘No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mark 2:1-12 (NRSV)

When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3Then some people came, bringing to him a paralysed man, carried by four of them. 4And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. 5When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ 6Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7‘Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ 8At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, ‘Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? 9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Stand up and take your mat and walk”? 10But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he said to the paralytic— 11‘I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.’ 12And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mark 1:29-45 (NRSV)

29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

32 That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, ‘Everyone is searching for you.’ 38He answered, ‘Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.’ 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

40 A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, ‘If you choose, you can make me clean.’ 41Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ 42Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, 44saying to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.’ 45But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mark 1:14-28 (NRSV)

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’

16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ 26And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.’ 28At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Mark 1:1-13 (NRSV)

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
3 the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight” ’,

4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’

9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

John 12:44-50 (NRSV)

44 Then Jesus cried aloud: ‘Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. 47I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, 49for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. 50And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

John 17:20-26 (NRSV)

20 ‘I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

25 ‘Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

John 17:9-18 (NRSV)

9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

John 17:1-8 (NRSV)

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

6 ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Luke 18:9-14 (NRSV)

9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. 12I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” 13But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” 14I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

John 18:28-38 (NRSV)

28 Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. 29So Pilate went out to them and said, ‘What accusation do you bring against this man?’ 30They answered, ‘If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.’ 31Pilate said to them, ‘Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.’ The Jews replied, ‘We are not permitted to put anyone to death.’ 32(This was to fulfil what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.)

33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ 34Jesus answered, ‘Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ 35Pilate replied, ‘I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?’ 36Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ 37Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ 38Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’

After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, ‘I find no case against him.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

John 18:15-18, 25-27 (NRSV)

15 Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 16but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. 17The woman said to Peter, ‘You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ 18Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing round it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.

25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, ‘You are not also one of his disciples, are you?’ He denied it and said, ‘I am not.’ 26One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, ‘Did I not see you in the garden with him?’ 27Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Luke 9:18-27 (NRSV)

18 Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ 19They answered, ‘John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.’ 20He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered, ‘The Messiah of God.’
21 He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, 22saying, ‘The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.’

23 Then he said to them all, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. 25What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves? 26Those who are ashamed of me and of my words, of them the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27But truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

John 7:14-36 (NRSV)

14 About the middle of the festival Jesus went up into the temple and began to teach. 15The Jews were astonished at it, saying, ‘How does this man have such learning, when he has never been taught?’ 16Then Jesus answered them, ‘My teaching is not mine but his who sent me. 17Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own. 18Those who speak on their own seek their own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and there is nothing false in him.

19 ‘Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why are you looking for an opportunity to kill me?’ 20The crowd answered, ‘You have a demon! Who is trying to kill you?’ 21Jesus answered them, ‘I performed one work, and all of you are astonished. 22Moses gave you circumcision (it is, of course, not from Moses, but from the patriarchs), and you circumcise a man on the sabbath. 23If a man receives circumcision on the sabbath in order that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because I healed a man’s whole body on the sabbath? 24Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.’
25 Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, ‘Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? 26And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? 27Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.’ 28Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, ‘You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. 29I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.’ 30Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31Yet many in the crowd believed in him and were saying, ‘When the Messiah comes, will he do more signs than this man has done?’

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering such things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent temple police to arrest him. 33Jesus then said, ‘I will be with you a little while longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. 34You will search for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.’ 35The Jews said to one another, ‘Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36What does he mean by saying, “You will search for me and you will not find me” and, “Where I am, you cannot come”?’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

John 7:1-13 (NRSV)

After this Jesus went about in Galilee. He did not wish to go about in Judea because the Jews were looking for an opportunity to kill him. 2Now the Jewish festival of Booths was near. 3So his brothers said to him, ‘Leave here and go to Judea so that your disciples also may see the works you are doing; 4for no one who wants to be widely known acts in secret. If you do these things, show yourself to the world.’ 5(For not even his brothers believed in him.) 6Jesus said to them, ‘My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. 7The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify against it that its works are evil. 8Go to the festival yourselves. I am not going to this festival, for my time has not yet fully come.’ 9After saying this, he remained in Galilee.

10 But after his brothers had gone to the festival, then he also went, not publicly but as it were in secret. 11The Jews were looking for him at the festival and saying, ‘Where is he?’ 12And there was considerable complaining about him among the crowds. While some were saying, ‘He is a good man’, others were saying, ‘No, he is deceiving the crowd.’ 13Yet no one would speak openly about him for fear of the Jews.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

John 6:60-71 (NRSV)

60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?’ 61But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, ‘Does this offend you? 62Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64But among you there are some who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. 65And he said, ‘For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.’

66 Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’ 68Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’ 70Jesus answered them, ‘Did I not choose you, the twelve? Yet one of you is a devil.’ 71He was speaking of Judas son of Simon Iscariot, for he, though one of the twelve, was going to betray him.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another. So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (February)

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you this day, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

John 6:52-59 (NRSV)

52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ 53So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’ 59He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mark 8:22-30 (NRSV)

22 They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. 23He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘Can you see anything?’ 24And the man looked up and said, ‘I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.’ 25Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26Then he sent him away to his home, saying, ‘Do not even go into the village.’

27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ 28And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ 29He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’ 30And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today?When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 6:16-27 (NRSV)

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17got into a boat, and started across the lake to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18The lake became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the lake and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. 20But he said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ 21Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the land towards which they were going.
22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the lake saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 23Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ 26Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 6:1-15 (NRSV)

After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming towards him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ 6He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ 8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ 10Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ 13So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’

15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 5:30-47 (NRSV)

30 ‘I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgement is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

31 ‘If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. 33You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. 34Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36But I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. 37And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, 38and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent.

39 ‘You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. 40Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. 41I do not accept glory from human beings. 42But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. 43I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? 45Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 5:19-29 (NRSV)

19 Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. 20The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. 21Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomsoever he wishes. 22The Father judges no one but has given all judgement to the Son, 23so that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father. Anyone who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent him. 24Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgement, but has passed from death to life.

25 ‘Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; 27and he has given him authority to execute judgement, because he is the Son of Man. 28Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29and will come out—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 5:1-18 (NRSV)

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2 Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. 3In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralysed. 5One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ 7The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ 8Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ 9At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Now that day was a sabbath. 10So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, ‘It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.’ 11But he answered them, ‘The man who made me well said to me, “Take up your mat and walk.” ’ 12They asked him, ‘Who is the man who said to you, “Take it up and walk”?’ 13Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. 14Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, ‘See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.’ 15The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath. 17But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is still working, and I also am working.’ 18For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 4:43-54 (NRSV)

43 When the two days were over, he went from that place to Galilee 44(for Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honour in the prophet’s own country). 45When he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the festival; for they too had gone to the festival.

46 Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. 47When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48Then Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.’ 49The official said to him, ‘Sir, come down before my little boy dies.’ 50Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.’ The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. 51As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. 52So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, ‘Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.’ 53The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, ‘Your son will live.’ So he himself believed, along with his whole household. 54Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mark 7:31-37 (NRSV)

31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ 35And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37They were astounded beyond measure, saying, ‘He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 4:27-42 (NRSV)

27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, ‘What do you want?’ or, ‘Why are you speaking with her?’ 28Then the woman left her water-jar and went back to the city. She said to the people, 29‘Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?’ 30They left the city and were on their way to him.

31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, ‘Rabbi, eat something.’ 32But he said to them, ‘I have food to eat that you do not know about.’ 33So the disciples said to one another, ‘Surely no one has brought him something to eat?’ 34Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work. 35Do you not say, “Four months more, then comes the harvest”? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting. 36The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37For here the saying holds true, “One sows and another reaps.” 38I sent you to reap that for which you did not labour. Others have laboured, and you have entered into their labour.’

39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I have ever done.’ 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there for two days. 41And many more believed because of his word. 42They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Saviour of the world.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 4:16-26 (NRSV)

16 Jesus said to her, ‘Go, call your husband, and come back.’ 17The woman answered him, ‘I have no husband.’ Jesus said to her, ‘You are right in saying, “I have no husband”; 18for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!’ 19The woman said to him, ‘Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 20Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’ 21Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. 24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ 25The woman said to him, ‘I know that Messiah is coming’ (who is called Christ). ‘When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.’ 26Jesus said to her, ‘I am he, the one who is speaking to you.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 4:1-15 (NRSV)

Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, ‘Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John’— 2 although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized— 3he left Judea and started back to Galilee. 4But he had to go through Samaria. 5So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. 8(His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) 9The Samaritan woman said to him, ‘How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?’ (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.) 10Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ 11The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ 13Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ 15The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 3:22-36 (NRSV)

22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he spent some time there with them and baptized. 23John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and people kept coming and were being baptized— 24John, of course, had not yet been thrown into prison.

25 Now a discussion about purification arose between John’s disciples and a Jew. 26They came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him.’ 27John answered, ‘No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. 28You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, “I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.” 29He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. 30He must increase, but I must decrease.’

31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. 33Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true. 34He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. 36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 3:16-21 (NRSV)

16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

17 ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. 21But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 2:23-3:15 (NRSV)

23 When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. 24But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.
3Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ 3Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’ 4Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ 5Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” 8The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’ 9Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ 10Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

11 ‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mark 3:7-19 (NRSV)

7 Jesus departed with his disciples to the lake, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; 8hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon. 9He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; 10for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. 11Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, ‘You are the Son of God!’ 12But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.
13 He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. 14And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, 15and to have authority to cast out demons. 16So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Then he went home;

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 2:13-22 (NRSV)

13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ 17His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ 18The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ 19Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ 20The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today?When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 2:1-12 (NRSV)

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ 4And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ 5His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ 6Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there for a few days.

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)
Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 1:1-18 (NRSV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 15(John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) 16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

Evening Examen
Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?]
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)
Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 1:29-34 (NRSV)
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” 31I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ 32And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” 34And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’

Evening Examen
Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)
Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 8:12-19 (NRSV)
12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’ 13Then the Pharisees said to him, ‘You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.’ 14Jesus answered, ‘Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15You judge by human standards; I judge no one. 16Yet even if I do judge, my judgement is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. 17In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. 18I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.’ 19Then they said to him, ‘Where is your Father?’ Jesus answered, ‘You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.’

Evening Examen
Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 7:37-52 (NRSV)

37 On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.” ’ 39Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

40 When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is really the prophet.’ 41Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’ But some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? 42Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?’ 43So there was a division in the crowd because of him. 44Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

45 Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, ‘Why did you not arrest him?’ 46The police answered, ‘Never has anyone spoken like this!’ 47Then the Pharisees replied, ‘Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? 48Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? 49But this crowd, which does not know the law—they are accursed.’ 50Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked, 51‘Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?’ 52They replied, ‘Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)
Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 6:30-33, 48-51 (NRSV)
30So they said to him, ‘What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” ’ 32Then Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’

48I am the bread of life. 49Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’

Evening Examen
Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Matthew 12:14–21 (NRSV)

14But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.
15 When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, 16and he ordered them not to make him known. 17This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18 ‘Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,
my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
20 He will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smouldering wick
until he brings justice to victory.
21 And in his name the Gentiles will hope.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (January)

Lord God, Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 11:17–27, 38-44 (NRSV)

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ 23Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ 24Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ 25Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ 27She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’

38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.’ 40Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ 43When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’

Evening Examen

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

John 5:1-15 (NRSV)

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew* Beth-zatha,* which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralysed.* One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, ‘It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.’ But he answered them, ‘The man who made me well said to me, “Take up your mat and walk.” ’ They asked him, ‘Who is the man who said to you, “Take it up and walk”?’ Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in* the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, ‘See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.’ The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

John 4:46-54 (NRSV)

Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you* see signs and wonders you will not believe.’ The official said to him, ‘Sir, come down before my little boy dies.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.’ The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, ‘Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.’ The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, ‘Your son will live.’ So he himself believed, along with his whole household. Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?]
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

John 2:1-11 (NRSV)

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Luke 2:22-40 (NRSV)

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;* this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.* Guided by the Spirit, Simeon* came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon* took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant* in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.’

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon* blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’

There was also a prophet, Anna* the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child* to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

John 3:31-36 (NRSV)

The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified* this, that God is true. He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Matthew 1:18-25 (NRSV)

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah* took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel’,
which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son;* and he named him Jesus.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Luke 1:39-56 (NRSV)

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be* a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’
And Mary* said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

And Mary remained with her for about three months and then returned to her home.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Luke 1:26-38 (NRSV)

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’* But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’* The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born* will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Luke 1:1-25 (NRSV)

Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first,* to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.

In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years.

Once when he was serving as priest before God and his section was on duty, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense. Now at the time of the incense-offering, the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified; and fear overwhelmed him. But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink; even before his birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.’ Zechariah said to the angel, ‘How will I know that this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years.’ The angel replied, ‘I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. But now, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time, you will become mute, unable to speak, until the day these things occur.’

Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah, and wondered at his delay in the sanctuary. When he did come out, he could not speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He kept motioning to them and remained unable to speak. When his time of service was ended, he went to his home.

After those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she remained in seclusion. She said, ‘This is what the Lord has done for me when he looked favourably on me and took away the disgrace I have endured among my people.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

John 3:16-21 (NRSV)

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.’*

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Matthew 25:31-46 (NRSV)

‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,* you did it to me.” Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Matthew 25:14-30 (NRSV)

‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents,* to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Matthew 25:1-13 (NRSV)

‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids* took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.* Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, “Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” Then all those bridesmaids* got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” But the wise replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.” And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids* came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to us.” But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.*

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Matthew 24:15-31 (NRSV)

15 ‘So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken of by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand), 16then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; 17someone on the housetop must not go down to take what is in the house; 18someone in the field must not turn back to get a coat. 19Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! 20Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath. 21For at that time there will be great suffering, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. 23Then if anyone says to you, “Look! Here is the Messiah!” or “There he is!”—do not believe it. 24For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25Take note, I have told you beforehand. 26So, if they say to you, “Look! He is in the wilderness”, do not go out. If they say, “Look! He is in the inner rooms”, do not believe it. 27For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

29 ‘Immediately after the suffering of those days
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from heaven,
and the powers of heaven will be shaken.

30Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see “the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven” with power and great glory. 31And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

John 5:30-47 (NRSV)

30 ‘I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgement is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

31 ‘If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. 33You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. 34Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36But I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. 37And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, 38and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent.

39 ‘You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. 40Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. 41I do not accept glory from human beings. 42But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. 43I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? 45Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Matthew 24:1-14 (NRSV)

As Jesus came out of the temple and was going away, his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2Then he asked them, ‘You see all these, do you not? Truly I tell you, not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’

3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ 4Jesus answered them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. 5For many will come in my name, saying, “I am the Messiah!” and they will lead many astray. 6And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: 8all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.

9 ‘Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. 13But anyone who endures to the end will be saved. 14And this good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Matthew 23:27–39 (NRSV)

‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, and you say, “If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.” Thus you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors. You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell?* Therefore I send you prophets, sages, and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town, so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. Truly I tell you, all this will come upon this generation.

‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you, desolate.* For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” ’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Matthew 22:23-33 (NRSV)

23 The same day some Sadducees came to him, saying there is no resurrection; and they asked him a question, saying, 24‘Teacher, Moses said, “If a man dies childless, his brother shall marry the widow, and raise up children for his brother.” 25Now there were seven brothers among us; the first married, and died childless, leaving the widow to his brother. 26The second did the same, so also the third, down to the seventh. 27Last of all, the woman herself died. 28In the resurrection, then, whose wife of the seven will she be? For all of them had married her.’

29 Jesus answered them, ‘You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God. 30For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God, 32“I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”? He is God not of the dead, but of the living.’ 33And when the crowd heard it, they were astounded at his teaching.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Luke 1:57-68 (NRSV)

57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.

59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. 60But his mother said, ‘No; he is to be called John.’ 61They said to her, ‘None of your relatives has this name.’ 62Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. 63He asked for a writing-tablet and wrote, ‘His name is John.’ And all of them were amazed. 64Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. 65Fear came over all their neighbours, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. 66All who heard them pondered them and said, ‘What then will this child become?’ For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.
67 Then his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy:
68 ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Matthew 22:15-22 (NRSV)

15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ 21They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Matthew 22:1-14 (NRSV)

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” 5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” 10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 ‘But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12and he said to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?” And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 14For many are called, but few are chosen.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Matthew 21:33-46 (NRSV)

33 ‘Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watch-tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, “They will respect my son.” 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.” 39So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ 41They said to him, ‘He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.’

42 Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures:
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes”?
43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. 44The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.’

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Matthew 21:23-32 (NRSV)

And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
The Parable of the Two Sons

28 “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. 30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (December)

Holy One, you have promised us that the day of our salvation is near. Keep us faithful in love and watchful in prayer, so that we may stand with confidence and joy at the coming of Christ, our redeemer and Lord. Amen.

Matthew 21:12-22 (NRSV)

12 Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13He said to them, ‘It is written,
“My house shall be called a house of prayer”;
but you are making it a den of robbers.’

14 The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them. 15But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that he did, and heard the children crying out in the temple, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David’, they became angry 16and said to him, ‘Do you hear what these are saying?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Yes; have you never read,
“Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies
you have prepared praise for yourself”?’
17He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.
18 In the morning, when he returned to the city, he was hungry. 19And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, ‘May no fruit ever come from you again!’ And the fig tree withered at once. 20When the disciples saw it, they were amazed, saying, ‘How did the fig tree wither at once?’ 21Jesus answered them, ‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, “Be lifted up and thrown into the sea”, it will be done. 22Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 21:1-11 (NRSV)

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’ 4This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

5 ‘Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’

6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

‘Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

10When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ 11The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Luke 21:5-19 (NRSV)

5 When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, 6‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’
7 They asked him, ‘Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?’ 8And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them.

9 ‘When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.’ 10Then he said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.

12 ‘But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 13This will give you an opportunity to testify. 14So make up your minds not to prepare your defence in advance; 15for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. 16You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17You will be hated by all because of my name. 18But not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your endurance you will gain your souls.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 20:29-34 (NRSV)

29 As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, ‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!’ 31The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, ‘Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!’ 32Jesus stood still and called them, saying, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ 33They said to him, ‘Lord, let our eyes be opened.’ 34Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 20:17-28 (NRSV)

17 While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, 18‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; 19then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.’
20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. 21And he said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ 22But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ 23He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’

24 When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. 25But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 26It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; 28just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 20:1-16 (NRSV)

‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; 4and he said to them, “You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.” So they went. 5When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. 6And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, “Why are you standing here idle all day?” 7They said to him, “Because no one has hired us.” He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.” 8When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.” 9When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. 10Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 11And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12saying, “These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.” 13But he replied to one of them, “Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?” 16So the last will be first, and the first will be last.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 19:23-30 (NRSV)

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ 25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, ‘Then who can be saved?’ 26But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.’

27 Then Peter said in reply, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?’ 28Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 19:13-22 (NRSV)

13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; 14but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ 15And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.

16 Then someone came to him and said, ‘Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?’ 17And he said to him, ‘Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.’ 18He said to him, ‘Which ones?’ And Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; 19Honour your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ 20The young man said to him, ‘I have kept all these; what do I still lack?’ 21Jesus said to him, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ 22When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 19:1-12 (NRSV)

When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. 2Large crowds followed him, and he cured them there.

3 Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?’ 4He answered, ‘Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning “made them male and female”, 5and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? 6So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.’ 7They said to him, ‘Why then did Moses command us to give a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her?’ 8He said to them, ‘It was because you were so hard-hearted that Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but at the beginning it was not so. 9And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another commits adultery.’

10 His disciples said to him, ‘If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.’ 11But he said to them, ‘Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. 12For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Luke 19:11-27 (NRSV)

11 As they were listening to this, he went on to tell a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12So he said, ‘A nobleman went to a distant country to get royal power for himself and then return. 13He summoned ten of his slaves, and gave them ten pounds, and said to them, “Do business with these until I come back.” 14But the citizens of his country hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, “We do not want this man to rule over us.” 15When he returned, having received royal power, he ordered these slaves, to whom he had given the money, to be summoned so that he might find out what they had gained by trading. 16The first came forward and said, “Lord, your pound has made ten more pounds.” 17He said to him, “Well done, good slave! Because you have been trustworthy in a very small thing, take charge of ten cities.” 18Then the second came, saying, “Lord, your pound has made five pounds.” 19He said to him, “And you, rule over five cities.” 20Then the other came, saying, “Lord, here is your pound. I wrapped it up in a piece of cloth, 21for I was afraid of you, because you are a harsh man; you take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.” 22He said to him, “I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! You knew, did you, that I was a harsh man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23Why then did you not put my money into the bank? Then when I returned, I could have collected it with interest.” 24He said to the bystanders, “Take the pound from him and give it to the one who has ten pounds.” 25(And they said to him, “Lord, he has ten pounds!”) 26“I tell you, to all those who have, more will be given; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and slaughter them in my presence.” ’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 18:21-35 (NRSV)

21 Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ 22Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

23 ‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.” 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, “Pay what you owe.” 29Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you.” 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt. 31When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, “You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had mercy on you?” 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he should pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 18:10-20 (NRSV)

10 ‘Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven. 12What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.

15 ‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector. 18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 18:1-9 (NRSV)

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ 2He called a child, whom he put among them, 3and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
6 ‘If any of you put a stumbling-block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7Woe to the world because of stumbling-blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling-block comes!

8 ‘If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life maimed or lame than to have two hands or two feet and to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into the hell of fire.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 17:22-27 (NRSV)

22 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands, 23and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised.’ And they were greatly distressed.
24 When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, ‘Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?’ 25He said, ‘Yes, he does.’ And when he came home, Jesus spoke of it first, asking, ‘What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their children or from others?’ 26When Peter said, ‘From others’, Jesus said to him, ‘Then the children are free. 27However, so that we do not give offence to them, go to the lake and cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a coin; take that and give it to them for you and me.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 17:14-21 (NRSV)

14 When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, 15and said, ‘Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.’ 17Jesus answered, ‘You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.’ 18And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. 19Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ 20He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there”, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 17:1-13 (NRSV)

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 3Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ 5While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’ 6When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. 7But Jesus came and touched them, saying, ‘Get up and do not be afraid.’ 8And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, ‘Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.’ 10And the disciples asked him, ‘Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ 11He replied, ‘Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; 12but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.’ 13Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.

10 ‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Luke 16:1-13 (NRSV)

Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.” 3Then the manager said to himself, “What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.” 5So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, “How much do you owe my master?” 6He answered, “A hundred jugs of olive oil.” He said to him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.” 7Then he asked another, “And how much do you owe?” He replied, “A hundred containers of wheat.” He said to him, “Take your bill and make it eighty.” 8And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

10 ‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 15:21-28 (NRSV)

21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ 23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ 24He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ 26He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ 27She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ 28Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 15:1-20 (NRSV)

Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, 2‘Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they eat.’ 3He answered them, ‘And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4For God said, “Honour your father and your mother,” and, “Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.” 5But you say that whoever tells father or mother, “Whatever support you might have had from me is given to God”, then that person need not honour the father. 6So, for the sake of your tradition, you make void the word of God. 7You hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied rightly about you when he said:
8 “This people honours me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
9 in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.” ’
10 Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, ‘Listen and understand: 11it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.’ 12Then the disciples approached and said to him, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees took offence when they heard what you said?’ 13He answered, ‘Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.’ 15But Peter said to him, ‘Explain this parable to us.’ 16Then he said, ‘Are you also still without understanding? 17Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? 18But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. 19For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. 20These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Luke 14:12-24 (NRSV)

12 He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. 13But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’
15 One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, ‘Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!’ 16Then Jesus said to him, ‘Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. 17At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is ready now.” 18But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, “I have bought a piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my apologies.” 19Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please accept my apologies.” 20Another said, “I have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.” 21So the slave returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his slave, “Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.” 22And the slave said, “Sir, what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.” 23Then the master said to the slave, “Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.” ’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 14:22-36 (NRSV)

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. 26But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. 27But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’

28 Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ 29He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. 30But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ 31Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’ 32When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’
34 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35After the people of that place recognized him, they sent word throughout the region and brought all who were sick to him, 36and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 14:13-21 (NRSV)

13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ 16Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ 17They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ 18And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (November)

*A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from me all wrong desires, incline my heart to keep your law, and guide my feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, I may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 13:44-52 (NRSV)

44 ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

45 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

47 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 ‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ 52And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 13:1-9 (NRSV)

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. 2Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9Let anyone with ears listen!’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 12:43-50 (NRSV)

43 ‘When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting-place, but it finds none. 44Then it says, “I will return to my house from which I came.” When it comes, it finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So will it be also with this evil generation.’

46 While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him. 47Someone told him, ‘Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.’ 48But to the one who had told him this, Jesus replied, ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ 49And pointing to his disciples, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! 50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 10:25-37 (NRSV)

25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 26He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ 27He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’ 28And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’

29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ 30Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” 36Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ 37He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 12:33-42 (NRSV)

33 ‘Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. 34You brood of vipers! How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good person brings good things out of a good treasure, and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure. 36I tell you, on the day of judgement you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; 37for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.’

38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, ‘Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.’ 39But he answered them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40For just as Jonah was for three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth. 41The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgement with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here! 42The queen of the South will rise up at the judgement with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here!

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 12:22-32 (NRSV)

22 Then they brought to him a demoniac who was blind and mute; and he cured him, so that the one who had been mute could speak and see. 23All the crowds were amazed and said, ‘Can this be the Son of David?’ 24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, ‘It is only by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons, that this fellow casts out the demons.’ 25He knew what they were thinking and said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. 26If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? 27If I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own exorcists cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 28But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come to you. 29Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property, without first tying up the strong man? Then indeed the house can be plundered. 30Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31Therefore I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 12:15-21 (NRSV)

15 When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, 16and he ordered them not to make him known. 17This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

18 ‘Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,
my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
20 He will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smouldering wick
until he brings justice to victory.
21 And in his name the Gentiles will hope.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 12:1-14 (NRSV)

At that time Jesus went through the cornfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, ‘Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.’ 3He said to them, ‘Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests. 5Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple break the sabbath and yet are guiltless? 6I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. 7But if you had known what this means, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice”, you would not have condemned the guiltless. 8For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.’

9 He left that place and entered their synagogue; 10a man was there with a withered hand, and they asked him, ‘Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath?’ so that they might accuse him. 11He said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the sabbath; will you not lay hold of it and lift it out? 12How much more valuable is a human being than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the sabbath.’ 13Then he said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and it was restored, as sound as the other. 14But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 11:25-30 (NRSV)

25 At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28 ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 11:16-24 (NRSV)

16 ‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another,

17 “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not mourn.”

18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; 19the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’

20 Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent. 21‘Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22But I tell you, on the day of judgement it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23And you, Capernaum,
will you be exalted to heaven?

No, you will be brought down to Hades.
For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24But I tell you that on the day of judgement it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 (NRSV)

After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!” 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.” 10But whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11“Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.” 12I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.

17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!’ 18He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. 19See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. 20Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 11:7-15 (NRSV)

7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? 8What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. 9What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10This is the one about whom it is written,

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.”

11Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. 13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John came; 14and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15Let anyone with ears listen!

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 11:1-6 (NRSV)

Now when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and proclaim his message in their cities.
2 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ 4Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. 6And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 10:34-42 (NRSV)

34 ‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

35 For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
36 and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.

37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

40 ‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 10:24-33 (NRSV)

24 ‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!

26 ‘So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 27What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. 28Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. 30And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

32 ‘Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; 33but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 10:16-23 (NRSV)

16 ‘See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; 18and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. 19When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; 20for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 22and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 10:5-15 (NRSV)

5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” 8Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. 9Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, 10no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for labourers deserve their food. 11Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12As you enter the house, greet it. 13If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. 15Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgement than for that town.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 7:36-50 (NRSV)

36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. 38She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. 39Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him—that she is a sinner.’ 40Jesus spoke up and said to him, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ ‘Teacher,’ he replied, ‘speak.’ 41‘A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42When they could not pay, he cancelled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?’ 43Simon answered, ‘I suppose the one for whom he cancelled the greater debt.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘You have judged rightly.’ 44Then turning towards the woman, he said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. 45You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.’ 48Then he said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ 49But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’ 50And he said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 9:35-10:4 (NRSV)

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; 38therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’

10Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 9:27-34 (NRSV)

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ 28When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ 29Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you.’ 30And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, ‘See that no one knows of this.’ 31But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.

32 After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. 33And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, ‘Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.’ 34But the Pharisees said, ‘By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 9:18-26 (NRSV)

18 While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, ‘My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.’ 19And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. 20Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, 21for she said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.’ 22Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well. 23When Jesus came to the leader’s house and saw the flute-players and the crowd making a commotion, 24he said, ‘Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. 25But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26And the report of this spread throughout that district.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 9:9-17 (NRSV)

9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

10 And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax-collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’ 12But when he heard this, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’

14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?’ 15And Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding-guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away from the cloak, and a worse tear is made. 17Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 9:1-8 (NRSV)

1And after getting into a boat he crossed the water and came to his own town.
2 And just then some people were carrying a paralysed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.’ 3Then some of the scribes said to themselves, ‘This man is blaspheming.’ 4But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said, ‘Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5For which is easier, to say, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Stand up and walk”? 6But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he then said to the paralytic—‘Stand up, take your bed and go to your home.’ 7And he stood up and went to his home. 8When the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 8:28-34 (NRSV)

28 When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. 29Suddenly they shouted, ‘What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?’ 30Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. 31The demons begged him, ‘If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.’ 32And he said to them, ‘Go!’ So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and perished in the water. 33The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. 34Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighbourhood.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 11:11-17 (NRSV)

11 Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. 12As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. 13When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, ‘Do not weep.’ 14Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, ‘Young man, I say to you, rise!’ 15The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. 16Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, ‘A great prophet has risen among us!’ and ‘God has looked favourably on his people!’ 17This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 8:18-27 (NRSV)

18 Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19A scribe then approached and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’ 20And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ 21Another of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ 22But Jesus said to him, ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’

23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24A gale arose on the lake, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25And they went and woke him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ 26And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. 27They were amazed, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

*The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 8:1-17 (NRSV)

When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; 2and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.’ 3He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4Then Jesus said to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.’

5 When he entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him 6and saying, ‘Lord, my servant is lying at home paralysed, in terrible distress.’ 7And he said to him, ‘I will come and cure him.’ 8The centurion answered, ‘Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. 9For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, “Go”, and he goes, and to another, “Come”, and he comes, and to my slave, “Do this”, and the slave does it.’ 10When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, ‘Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. 11I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 13And to the centurion Jesus said, ‘Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.’ And the servant was healed in that hour.

14 When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; 15he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. 16That evening they brought to him many who were possessed by demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. 17This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (October)

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come,Thy will be done, on earth as 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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 7:22-29 (NRSV)

22On that day many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?” 23Then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.”

24 ‘Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!’

28 Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, 29for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 7:13-21 (NRSV)

13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. 14For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15 ‘Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus you will know them by their fruits.
21 ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 7:1-12 (NRSV)

‘Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. 2For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. 3Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 4Or how can you say to your neighbour, “Let me take the speck out of your eye”, while the log is in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye.
6 ‘Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.
7 ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? 10Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? 11If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
12 ‘In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 6:25-34 (NRSV)

25 ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” 32For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

34 ‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Luke 5:1-11 (NRSV)

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ 5Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ 6When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ 9For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’ 11When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 6:19-24 (NRSV)

19 ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 ‘The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; 23but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
24 ‘No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 6:7-15 (NRSV)

7 ‘When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 ‘Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.
14For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 (NRSV)

‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2 ‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

5 ‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 6But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

16 ‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 5:21-26 (NRSV)

21 ‘You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to judgement.” 22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You fool”, you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. 25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Luke 3:7-18 (NRSV)

7 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.’

10 And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ 11In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ 12Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ 13He said to them, ‘Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.’ 14Soldiers also asked him, ‘And we, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.’

15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’

18 So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 5:17-20 (NRSV)

17 ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil. 18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 5:11-16 (NRSV)

11 ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
13 ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

14 ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 5:1-10 (NRSV)

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

7 ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

9 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

10 ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 4:18-25 (NRSV)

18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. 24So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them. 25And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 4:1-11 (NRSV)

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ 4But he answered, ‘It is written,

“One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ’

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,

“He will command his angels concerning you”,
and “On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” ’

7Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” ’

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour; 9and he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ 10Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! for it is written,

“Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.” ’

11Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

John 11:45-47 (NRSV)

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. 46But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what he had done. 47So the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the council, and said, ‘What are we to do? This man is performing many signs.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 3:13-17 (NRSV)

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14John would have prevented him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ 15But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfil all righteousness.’ Then he consented. 16And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 3:1-12 (NRSV)

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 3This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said,

‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.” ’

4Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, 6and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Bear fruit worthy of repentance. 9Do not presume to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 10Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

11 ‘I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Matthew 2:13-23 (NRSV)

13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ 14Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, 15and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son.’

16 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. 17Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:

18 ‘A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’

19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, 20‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.’ 21Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. 22But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. 23There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, ‘He will be called a Nazorean.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Mark 15:40-47 (NRSV)

40 There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

42 When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, 43Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. 45When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. 46Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

John 10:31-42 (NRSV)

31 The Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus replied, ‘I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone me?’ 33The Jews answered, ‘It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you, but for blasphemy, because you, though only a human being, are making yourself God.’ 34Jesus answered, ‘Is it not written in your law, “I said, you are gods”? 35If those to whom the word of God came were called “gods”—and the scripture cannot be annulled— 36can you say that the one whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world is blaspheming because I said, “I am God’s Son”? 37If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. 38But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.’ 39Then they tried to arrest him again, but he escaped from their hands.

40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. 41Many came to him, and they were saying, ‘John performed no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.’ 42And many believed in him there.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Mark 15:33-39 (NRSV)

33 When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ 35When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘Listen, he is calling for Elijah.’ 36And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.’ 37Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. 38And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Mark 15:22-32 (NRSV)

22Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). 23And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. 24And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.

25 It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. 26The inscription of the charge against him read, ‘The King of the Jews.’ 27And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left. 29Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, ‘Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30save yourself, and come down from the cross!’ 31In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.’ Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Mark 15:12-21 (NRSV)

12Pilate spoke to them again, ‘Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?’ 13They shouted back, ‘Crucify him!’ 14Pilate asked them, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Crucify him!’ 15So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

16 Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. 17And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. 18And they began saluting him, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ 19They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. 20After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

21 They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Mark 15:1-11 (NRSV)

As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2Pilate asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ He answered him, ‘You say so.’ 3Then the chief priests accused him of many things. 4Pilate asked him again, ‘Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.’ 5But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

6 Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. 7Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. 8So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. 9Then he answered them, ‘Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?’ 10For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (September)

*The Covenant Prayer of John Wesley

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

Mark 14:66-72 (NRSV)

66 While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came by. 67When she saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said, ‘You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth.’ 68But he denied it, saying, ‘I do not know or understand what you are talking about.’ And he went out into the forecourt. Then the cock crowed. 69And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to say to the bystanders, ‘This man is one of them.’ 70But again he denied it. Then after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, ‘Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.’ 71But he began to curse, and he swore an oath, ‘I do not know this man you are talking about.’ 72At that moment the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.’ And he broke down and wept.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

Mark 14:53-65 (NRSV)

53 They took Jesus to the high priest; and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes were assembled. 54Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the guards, warming himself at the fire. 55Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none. 56For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree. 57Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying, 58‘We heard him say, “I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.” ’ 59But even on this point their testimony did not agree. 60Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, ‘Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?’ 61But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?’ 62Jesus said, ‘I am; and
“you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of the Power”,
and “coming with the clouds of heaven.” ’
63Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, ‘Why do we still need witnesses? 64You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?’ All of them condemned him as deserving death. 65Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him, ‘Prophesy!’ The guards also took him over and beat him.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

John 8:47-59 (NRSV)

47Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God.’

48 The Jews answered him, ‘Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?’ 49Jesus answered, ‘I do not have a demon; but I honour my Father, and you dishonour me. 50Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is one who seeks it and he is the judge. 51Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.’ 52The Jews said to him, ‘Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and so did the prophets; yet you say, “Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.” 53Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets also died. Who do you claim to be?’ 54Jesus answered, ‘If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, “He is our God”, 55though you do not know him. But I know him; if I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his word. 56Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad.’ 57Then the Jews said to him, ‘You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?’ 58Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.’ 59So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today?
  • When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

Mark 14:43-52 (NRSV)

43 Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.’ 45So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, ‘Rabbi!’ and kissed him. 46Then they laid hands on him and arrested him. 47But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 48Then Jesus said to them, ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? 49Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.’ 50All of them deserted him and fled.

51 A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, 52but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today
  • When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

Mark 14:27-42 (NRSV)

27And Jesus said to them, ‘You will all become deserters; for it is written,
“I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.”

28But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.’ 29Peter said to him, ‘Even though all become deserters, I will not.’ 30Jesus said to him, ‘Truly I tell you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.’ 31But he said vehemently, ‘Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And all of them said the same.

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ 33He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34And he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.’ 35And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36He said, ‘Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.’ 37He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? 38Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ 39And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. 41He came a third time and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today?
  • When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

Mark 14:12-26 (NRSV)

12 On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, ‘Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ 13So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, “The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” 15He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.’ 16So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

17 When it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.’ 19They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, ‘Surely, not I?’ 20He said to them, ‘It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. 21For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.’

22 While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is my body.’ 23Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 24He said to them, ‘This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.’

26 When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today?
  • When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

Mark 14:1-11 (NRSV)

It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; 2for they said, ‘Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.’

3 While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head. 4But some were there who said to one another in anger, ‘Why was the ointment wasted in this way? 5For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.’ And they scolded her. 6But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. 7For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me. 8She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial. 9Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.’

10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today?
  • When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 13:14-27 (NRSV)

14 ‘But when you see the desolating sacrilege set up where it ought not to be (let the reader understand), then those in Judea must flee to the mountains; 15someone on the housetop must not go down or enter the house to take anything away; 16someone in the field must not turn back to get a coat. 17Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days! 18Pray that it may not be in winter. 19For in those days there will be suffering, such as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, no, and never will be. 20And if the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he has cut short those days. 21And if anyone says to you at that time, “Look! Here is the Messiah!” or “Look! There he is!”—do not believe it. 22False messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23But be alert; I have already told you everything.

24 ‘But in those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
25 and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

26Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. 27Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

John 8:12-20 (NRSV)

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’ 13Then the Pharisees said to him, ‘You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.’ 14Jesus answered, ‘Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15You judge by human standards; I judge no one. 16Yet even if I do judge, my judgement is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. 17In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. 18I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.’ 19Then they said to him, ‘Where is your Father?’ Jesus answered, ‘You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.’ 20He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 13:1-13 (NRSV)

As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!’ 2Then Jesus asked him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’

3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4‘Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?’ 5Then Jesus began to say to them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. 6Many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and they will lead many astray. 7When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.

9 ‘As for yourselves, beware; for they will hand you over to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them. 10And the good news must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 13and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 12:35-44 (NRSV)

35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he said, ‘How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the son of David? 36David himself, by the Holy Spirit, declared,

“The Lord said to my Lord,
‘Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet.’ ”

37David himself calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?’ And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.

38 As he taught, he said, ‘Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honour at banquets! 40They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.’

41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.’

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 12:28-34 (NRSV)

28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, ‘Which commandment is the first of all?’ 29Jesus answered, ‘The first is, “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” 31The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ 32Then the scribe said to him, ‘You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that “he is one, and besides him there is no other”; 33and “to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength”, and “to love one’s neighbour as oneself”,—this is much more important than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices.’ 34When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ After that no one dared to ask him any question.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 12:13-27 (NRSV)

13 Then they sent to him some Pharisees and some Herodians to trap him in what he said. 14And they came and said to him, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? 15Should we pay them, or should we not?’ But knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, ‘Why are you putting me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me see it.’ 16And they brought one. Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ 17Jesus said to them, ‘Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ And they were utterly amazed at him.

18 Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, 19‘Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 20There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children; 21and the second married her and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; 22none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died. 23In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her.’

24 Jesus said to them, ‘Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? 25For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”? 27He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.’

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 11:27-12:12 (NRSV)

27 Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him 28and said, ‘By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?’ 29Jesus said to them, ‘I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me.’ 31They argued with one another, ‘If we say, “From heaven”, he will say, “Why then did you not believe him?” 32But shall we say, “Of human origin”?’—they were afraid of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a prophet. 33So they answered Jesus, ‘We do not know.’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.’

12Then he began to speak to them in parables. ‘A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watch-tower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 2When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. 3But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. 4And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. 5Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. 6He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, “They will respect my son.” 7But those tenants said to one another, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.” 8So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 9What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10Have you not read this scripture:

“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
11 this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes”?’

12 When they realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowd. So they left him and went away.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 11:12-25 (NRSV)

12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14He said to it, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And his disciples heard it.

15 Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves; 16and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple.

17He was teaching and saying, ‘Is it not written,
“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations”?
But you have made it a den of robbers.’

18And when the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept looking for a way to kill him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching. 19And when evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.

20 In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. 21Then Peter remembered and said to him, ‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.’ 22Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God. 23Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, “Be taken up and thrown into the sea”, and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. 24So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

25 ‘Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.’ But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

John 5:30-47 (NRSV)

30 ‘I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgement is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

31 ‘If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. 33You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. 34Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36But I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. 37And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, 38and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent.

39 ‘You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. 40Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. 41I do not accept glory from human beings. 42But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. 43I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? 45Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?’

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 11:1-11 (NRSV)

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.” ’ 4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5some of the bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the colt?’ 6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. 7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

‘Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

11 Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 10:46-52 (NRSV)

46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 48Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 49Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ 50So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’ 52Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 10:32-45 (NRSV)

32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33saying, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; 34they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again.’

35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ 36And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ 37And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ 38But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ 39They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’

41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 10:17-31 (NRSV)

17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 18Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” ’ 20He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?’ 27Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’

28 Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ 29Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 10:1-16 (NRSV)

1 He left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them.

2 Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ 3He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ 4They said, ‘Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.’ 5But Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6But from the beginning of creation, “God made them male and female.” 7“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh.” So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.’

10 Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.’

13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 9:42-50 (The Message)

*This week we’re mixing it up a bit and using the Message paraphrase for the daily passage. We hope you like it but let us know either way as we continue to experiment

42 “On the other hand, if you give one of these simple, childlike believers a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. You’d be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck.

43-48 “If your hand or your foot gets in God’s way, chop it off and throw it away. You’re better off maimed or lame and alive than the proud owner of two hands and two feet, godless in a furnace of eternal fire. And if your eye distracts you from God, pull it out and throw it away. You’re better off one-eyed and alive than exercising your twenty-twenty vision from inside the fire of hell.

49-50 “Everyone’s going through a refining fire sooner or later, but you’ll be well-preserved, protected from the eternal flames. Be preservatives yourselves. Preserve the peace.”

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

John 3:22-36 (The Message)

*This week we’re mixing it up a bit and using the Message paraphrase for the daily passage. We hope you like it but let us know either way as we continue to experiment

22-26 After this conversation, Jesus went on with his disciples into the Judean countryside and relaxed with them there. He was also baptizing. At the same time, John was baptizing over at Aenon near Salim, where water was abundant. This was before John was thrown into jail. John’s disciples got into an argument with the establishment Jews over the nature of baptism. They came to John and said, “Rabbi, you know the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan? The one you authorized with your witness? Well, he’s now competing with us. He’s baptizing, too, and everyone’s going to him instead of us.”

27-29 John answered, “It’s not possible for a person to succeed—I’m talking about eternal success—without heaven’s help. You yourselves were there when I made it public that I was not the Messiah but simply the one sent ahead of him to get things ready. The one who gets the bride is, by definition, the bridegroom. And the bridegroom’s friend, his ‘best man’—that’s me—in place at his side where he can hear every word, is genuinely happy. How could he be jealous when he knows that the wedding is finished and the marriage is off to a good start?

29-30 “That’s why my cup is running over. This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines.

31-33 “The One who comes from above is head and shoulders over other messengers from God. The earthborn is earthbound and speaks earth language; the heavenborn is in a league of his own. He sets out the evidence of what he saw and heard in heaven. No one wants to deal with these facts. But anyone who examines this evidence will come to stake his life on this: that God himself is the truth.

34-36 “The One that God sent speaks God’s words. And don’t think he rations out the Spirit in bits and pieces. The Father loves the Son extravagantly. He turned everything over to him so he could give it away—a lavish distribution of gifts. That is why whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever! And that is also why the person who avoids and distrusts the Son is in the dark and doesn’t see life. All he experiences of God is darkness, and an angry darkness at that.”

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 9:30-41 (The Message)

*This week we’re mixing it up a bit and using the Message paraphrase for the daily passage. We hope you like it but let us know either way as we continue to experiment

30-32 Leaving there, they went through Galilee. He didn’t want anyone to know their whereabouts, for he wanted to teach his disciples. He told them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed to some people who want nothing to do with God. They will murder him. Three days after his murder, he will rise, alive.” They didn’t know what he was talking about, but were afraid to ask him about it.

So You Want First Place?
33 They came to Capernaum. When he was safe at home, he asked them, “What were you discussing on the road?”

34 The silence was deafening—they had been arguing with one another over who among them was greatest.

35 He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.”

36-37 He put a child in the middle of the room. Then, cradling the little one in his arms, he said, “Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me.”

38 John spoke up, “Teacher, we saw a man using your name to expel demons and we stopped him because he wasn’t in our group.”

39-41 Jesus wasn’t pleased. “Don’t stop him. No one can use my name to do something good and powerful, and in the next breath cut me down. If he’s not an enemy, he’s an ally. Why, anyone by just giving you a cup of water in my name is on our side. Count on it that God will notice.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 9:14-29 (The Message)

*This week we’re mixing it up a bit and using the Message paraphrase for the daily passage. We hope you like it but let us know either way as we continue to experiment

14-16 When they came back down the mountain to the other disciples, they saw a huge crowd around them, and the religion scholars cross-examining them. As soon as the people in the crowd saw Jesus, admiring excitement stirred them. They ran and greeted him. He asked, “What’s going on? What’s all the commotion?”

17-18 A man out of the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought my mute son, made speechless by a demon, to you. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and goes stiff as a board. I told your disciples, hoping they could deliver him, but they couldn’t.”

19-20 Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here.” They brought him. When the demon saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a seizure, causing him to writhe on the ground and foam at the mouth.

21-22 He asked the boy’s father, “How long has this been going on?”

“Ever since he was a little boy. Many times it pitches him into fire or the river to do away with him. If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!”

23 Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.”

24 No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”

25-27 Seeing that the crowd was forming fast, Jesus gave the vile spirit its marching orders: “Dumb and deaf spirit, I command you—Out of him, and stay out!” Screaming, and with much thrashing about, it left. The boy was pale as a corpse, so people started saying, “He’s dead.” But Jesus, taking his hand, raised him. The boy stood up.

28 After arriving back home, his disciples cornered Jesus and asked, “Why couldn’t we throw the demon out?”

29 He answered, “There is no way to get rid of this kind of demon except by prayer.”

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 9:2-13 (The Message)

*This week we’re mixing it up a bit and using the Message paraphrase for the daily passage. We hope you like it but let us know either way as we continue to experiment

2-4 Six days later, three of them did see it. Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. His clothes shimmered, glistening white, whiter than any bleach could make them. Elijah, along with Moses, came into view, in deep conversation with Jesus.

5-6 Peter interrupted, “Rabbi, this is a great moment! Let’s build three memorials—one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah.” He blurted this out without thinking, stunned as they all were by what they were seeing.

7 Just then a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and from deep in the cloud, a voice: “This is my Son, marked by my love. Listen to him.”

8 The next minute the disciples were looking around, rubbing their eyes, seeing nothing but Jesus, only Jesus.

9-10 Coming down the mountain, Jesus swore them to secrecy. “Don’t tell a soul what you saw. After the Son of Man rises from the dead, you’re free to talk.” They puzzled over that, wondering what on earth “rising from the dead” meant.

11 Meanwhile they were asking, “Why do the religion scholars say that Elijah has to come first?”

12-13 Jesus replied, “Elijah does come first and get everything ready for the coming of the Son of Man. They treated this Elijah like dirt, much like they will treat the Son of Man, who will, according to Scripture, suffer terribly and be kicked around contemptibly.”

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 8:34-9:1 (The Message)

*This week we’re mixing it up a bit and using the Message paraphrase for the daily passage. We hope you like it but let us know either way as we continue to experiment

34-37 Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?

38 “If any of you are embarrassed over me and the way I’m leading you when you get around your fickle and unfocused friends, know that you’ll be an even greater embarrassment to the Son of Man when he arrives in all the splendor of God, his Father, with an army of the holy angels.”

1 Then he drove it home by saying, “This isn’t pie in the sky by and by. Some of you who are standing here are going to see it happen, see the kingdom of God arrive in full force.”

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

*A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 8:22-33 (The Message)

*This week we’re mixing it up a bit and using the Message paraphrase for the daily passage. We hope you like it but let us know either way as we continue to experiment

22-23 They arrived at Bethsaida. Some people brought a sightless man and begged Jesus to give him a healing touch. Taking him by the hand, he led him out of the village. He put spit in the man’s eyes, laid hands on him, and asked, “Do you see anything?”

24-26 He looked up. “I see men. They look like walking trees.” So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man looked hard and realized that he had recovered perfect sight, saw everything in bright, twenty-twenty focus. Jesus sent him straight home, telling him, “Don’t enter the village.”

27 Jesus and his disciples headed out for the villages around Caesarea Philippi. As they walked, he asked, “Who do the people say I am?”

28 “Some say ‘John the Baptizer,’” they said. “Others say ‘Elijah.’ Still others say ‘one of the prophets.’”

29 He then asked, “And you—what are you saying about me? Who am I?”

Peter gave the answer: “You are the Christ, the Messiah.”

30-32 Jesus warned them to keep it quiet, not to breathe a word of it to anyone. He then began explaining things to them: “It is necessary that the Son of Man proceed to an ordeal of suffering, be tried and found guilty by the elders, high priests, and religion scholars, be killed, and after three days rise up alive.” He said this simply and clearly so they couldn’t miss it.

32-33 But Peter grabbed him in protest. Turning and seeing his disciples wavering, wondering what to believe, Jesus confronted Peter. “Peter, get out of my way! Satan, get lost! You have no idea how God works.”

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 8:11-21 (NRSV)

11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. 12And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, ‘Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation.’ 13And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.
14 Now the disciples had forgotten to bring any bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15And he cautioned them, saying, ‘Watch out—beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.’ 16They said to one another, ‘It is because we have no bread.’ 17And becoming aware of it, Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? 19When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?’ They said to him, ‘Twelve.’ 20‘And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?’ And they said to him, ‘Seven.’ 21Then he said to them, ‘Do you not yet understand?’

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

John 1:43-51 (NRSV)

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ 46Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ 48Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ 49Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ 50Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ 51And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (August)

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; to be understood as to understand; 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 are born again to eternal life.

 

Mark 8:1-10 (NRSV)

In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, 2‘I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. 3If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way—and some of them have come from a great distance.’ 4His disciples replied, ‘How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?’ 5He asked them, ‘How many loaves do you have?’ They said, ‘Seven.’ 6Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. 7They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. 8They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9Now there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Mark 7:24-37 (NRSV)

24 From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, 25but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27He said to her, ‘Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ 28But she answered him, ‘Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ 29Then he said to her, ‘For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.’ 30So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ 35And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37They were astounded beyond measure, saying, ‘He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.’

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Mark 7:1-23 (NRSV)

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?’ 6He said to them, ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, “This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; 7 in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.” 8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.’

9 Then he said to them, ‘You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! 10For Moses said, “Honour your father and your mother”; and, “Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.” 11But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, “Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban” (that is, an offering to God)— 12then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, 13thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this.’

14 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, ‘Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.’

17 When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18He said to them, ‘Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, 19since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?’ (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20And he said, ‘It is what comes out of a person that defiles. 21For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.’

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Mark 6:47-56 (NRSV)

47 When evening came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. 48When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the lake. He intended to pass them by. 49But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ 51Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

53 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Mark 6:30-46 (NRSV)

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 35When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; 36send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.’ 37But he answered them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said to him, ‘Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?’ 38And he said to them, ‘How many loaves have you? Go and see.’ When they had found out, they said, ‘Five, and two fish.’ 39Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. 41Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and he divided the two fish among them all. 42And all ate and were filled; 43and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. 44Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men.

45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Mark 6:14-29 (NRSV)

14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, ‘John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.’ 15But others said, ‘It is Elijah.’ And others said, ‘It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.’ 16But when Herod heard of it, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.’

17 For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. 18For John had been telling Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’ 19And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, 20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. 21But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. 22When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, ‘Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.’ 23And he solemnly swore to her, ‘Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.’ 24She went out and said to her mother, ‘What should I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the baptizer.’ 25Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, ‘I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.’ 26The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, 28brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. 29When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Matthew 25:31-46 (NRSV)

31 ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” 37Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” 40And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” 44Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” 45Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’

 

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Mark 6:1-13 (NRSV)

He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. 2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him. 4Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ 5And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. 6And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching. 7He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. 10He said to them, ‘Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ 12So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. 13They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Mark 5:21-43 (NRSV)

21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered round him; and he was by the lake. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23and begged him repeatedly, ‘My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.’ 24So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from haemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, ‘If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.’ 29Immediately her haemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ 31And his disciples said to him, ‘You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, “Who touched me?” ’ 32He looked all round to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’

35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’ 36But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’ 37He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39When he had entered, he said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.’ 40And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha cum’, which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’ 42And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Mark 5:1-20 (NRSV)

They came to the other side of the lake, to the country of the Gerasenes. 2And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. 3He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain; 4for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. 5Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones. 6When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; 7and he shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.’ 8For he had said to him, ‘Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!’ 9Then Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He replied, ‘My name is Legion; for we are many.’ 10He begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11Now there on the hillside a great herd of swine was feeding; 12and the unclean spirits begged him, ‘Send us into the swine; let us enter them.’ 13So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned in the lake.

14 The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came to see what it was that had happened. 15They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. 16Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it. 17Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighbourhood. 18As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. 19But Jesus refused, and said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.’ 20And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Mark 4:35-41 (NRSV)

35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ 41And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Mark 4:21-34 (NRSV)

21 He said to them, ‘Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? 22For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. 23Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’ 24And he said to them, ‘Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 25For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.’

26 He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’

30 He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’

33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples. Evening Prayer (2015)

 

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  • For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  • When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  • What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  • When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  • How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Mark 4:1-20 (NRSV)

Again he began to teach beside the lake. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the lake and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the lake on the land. 2He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: 3‘Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. 6And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. 7Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.’ 9And he said, ‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’
10 When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11And he said to them, ‘To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; 12in order that “they may indeed look, but not perceive, and may indeed listen, but not understand; so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.” ’

13 And he said to them, ‘Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? 14The sower sows the word. 15These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. 17But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 18And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, 19but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. 20And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  1. For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  2. When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  3. What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  4. When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  5. How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Matthew 25:14-30 (NRSV)

‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” 21His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” 23His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” 26But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  1. For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  2. When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  3. What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  4. When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  5. How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Mark 3:19-35 (NRSV)

Then he went home; 20and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’ 22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’ 23And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

28 ‘Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’— 30for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’

31 Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.’ 33And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ 34And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  1. For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  2. When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  3. What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  4. When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  5. How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Mark 3:7-19a (NRSV)

7 Jesus departed with his disciples to the lake, and a great multitude from Galilee followed him; 8hearing all that he was doing, they came to him in great numbers from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, beyond the Jordan, and the region around Tyre and Sidon. 9He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; 10for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him. 11Whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and shouted, ‘You are the Son of God!’ 12But he sternly ordered them not to make him known.

13 He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. 14And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, 15and to have authority to cast out demons. 16So he appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter); 17James son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

  1. For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
  2. When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
  3. What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
  4. When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
  5. How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Mark 2:23-3:6 (NRSV)

23 One sabbath he was going through the cornfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24The Pharisees said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?’ 25And he said to them, ‘Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? 26He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.’ 27Then he said to them, ‘The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; 28so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.’

1Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3And he said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Come forward.’ 4Then he said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?’ But they were silent. 5He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Mark 2:13-22 (NRSV)

13 Jesus went out again beside the lake; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. 14As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

15 And as he sat at dinner in Levi’s house, many tax-collectors and sinners were also sitting with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him. 16When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax-collectors, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’ 17When Jesus heard this, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’

18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to him, ‘Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?’ 19Jesus said to them, ‘The wedding-guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.

21 ‘No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak; otherwise, the patch pulls away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Mark 2:1-12 (NRSV)

When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3Then some people came, bringing to him a paralysed man, carried by four of them. 4And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. 5When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ 6Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7‘Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ 8At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, ‘Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? 9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Stand up and take your mat and walk”? 10But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he said to the paralytic— 11‘I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.’ 12And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’

Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?

Morning Prayer (July)

New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 Mark 1:29-45 (NRSV)

29 As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

32 That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, ‘Everyone is searching for you.’ 38He answered, ‘Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.’ 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

40 A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, ‘If you choose, you can make me clean.’ 41Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ 42Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, 44saying to him, ‘See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.’ 45But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.

 Evening Prayer (2015)

Prayerful people have found great meaning in the practice of “examen” for centuries – a simple prayer exercise that helps us recognize God’s presence in our lives by paying attention to the everyday details. Through prayerful remembrance, the midday headache, the difficult conversation, or the quiet drive home can all be reviewed for grace and perspective as one prepares to end one day before beginning another.

So, find a quiet moment at the end of your day and reflect on all that has transpired. Light a candle or grab a journal if you’d like and consider a few of the following questions prayerfully:

For what moment today are you most grateful? Least grateful?
When did you give and receive the most love today? The least?
What was the most life-giving part of your day? The most life-thwarting?
When did you have the deepest sense of connection with God, others, and yourself today? When did you have the least connection?
How is God inviting you to pray about these things before you fall asleep?