Devotions

Jay Forrest


MORNING DEVOTIONS

From Psalm 51

Open my lips, O Lord, *
    and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, *
    and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence *
    and take not your holy Spirit from me.
Give me the joy of your saving help again *
    and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
Glory to the + Father, and to the Son, 
    and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, 
    and will be for ever. Amen.

A Reading (1 Peter 1:3)

Blessed be the God and Father 
     of our Lord Jesus Christ! 
By his great mercy we have been 
    born anew to a living hope 
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ 
     from the dead. 

A Hymn [1]

Awake, my soul, and with the sun
   thy daily stage of duty run;
shake off dull sloth, and early rise
   to pay thy morning sacrifice.
Lord, I my vows to Thee renew.
   Disperse my sins as morning dew;
guard my first springs of thought and will;
   and with Thyself my spirit fill.
Direct, control, suggest, this day,
   all I design or do or say,
that all my pow'rs, with all their might,
   in Thy sole glory may unite.


The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, 
    our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried;
    he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
    he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge 
    the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting. 
Amen.

Prayers for ourselves and others.

The Lord's Prayer

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

The Collect

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.

AT NOON

From Psalm 113

Give praise, you servants of the LORD; *
    praise the Name of the LORD.
Let the Name of the LORD be blessed, *
    from this time forth for evermore.
From the rising of the sun 
    to its going down *
    let the Name of the LORD be praised.
The LORD is high above all nations, *
    and his glory above the heavens.

A Reading (Isaiah 26:3; 30:15)

O God, you will keep in perfect peace 
    those whose minds are fixed on you; 
for in returning and rest we shall be saved; 
    in quietness and trust 
    shall be our strength.

Prayers for ourselves and others.

The Lord's Prayer

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

The Collect

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, 
    "Peace I give to you; 
    my own peace I leave with you:" 
Regard not our sins, but the faith of your Church, 
    and give to us the peace 
    and unity of that heavenly City, 
where with the Father and the Holy Spirit 
    you live and reign, now and for ever. Amen.

IN THE EARLY EVENING

O gracious light, pure brightness 
    of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
    and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: 
    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times 
    to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
    and to be glorified through all the worlds.

A Reading (2 Corinthians 4:5-6)

It is not ourselves that we proclaim; 
    we proclaim Christ Jesus as Lord, 
    and ourselves as your servants, 
    for Jesus' sake.
For the same God who said, 
    "Out of darkness let light shine," 
    has caused his light to shine within us, 
    to give the light of revelation--
    the revelation of the glory of God in the
    face of Jesus Christ. 

Prayers for ourselves and others.

The Lord's Prayer

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

The Collect

Lord Jesus, stay with us, 
    for evening is at hand 
    and the day is past; 
be our companion in the way, 
    kindle our hearts,
and awaken hope, that we may know you 
    as you are revealed in Scripture 
    and the breaking of bread. 
Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.

AT THE CLOSE OF DAY

Psalm 134

Behold now, bless the LORD, 
    all you servants of the LORD,* 
you that stand by night 
    in the house of the LORD. 
Lift up your hands in the holy place 
    and bless the LORD;*
the LORD who made heaven and earth 
    bless you out of Zion.

A Reading (Jeremiah 14:9, 22)

Lord, you are in the midst of us 
    and we are called by your Name:
Do not forsake us, 
    O Lord our God. 

A Second Reading (Luke 2:29-32)

Lord, you now have set your servant free*
    to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine 
    have seen the Savior,* 
whom you have prepared 
    for all the world to see; 
A Light to enlighten the nations,* 
    and the glory of your people Israel. 

Prayers for ourselves and others 

Prayers of Thanksgiving 

O God, the life of all who live, 
    the light of the faithful, 
the strength of those who labor, 
    and the repose of the dead: 
We thank you for the blessings 
    of the day that is past, 
and humbly ask for your protection 
    through the coming night.
Bring us in safety to the morning hours; 
    through him who 
    died and rose again for us, 
your Son our Savior Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Penitence for our sins

We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

Silence may be kept.

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
    in your compassion forgive us our sins,
    known and unknown,
    things done and left undone;
and so uphold us by your Spirit
    that we may live and serve you 
    in newness of life,
to the honor and glory of your Name;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

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

The Collect

Visit this place, O Lord, 
    and drive far from it 
    all snares of the enemy; 
let your holy angles dwell with us 
    to preserve us in peace; 
and let your blessing be upon us always; 
    through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

The almighty and merciful Lord, 
    + Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 
    bless us and keep us. 
Amen.

_________
Sources:
This is my personal adaptation of the "Morning and Evening Daily Devotions for Families and Individuals" from the Book of Common Prayer according to the Episcopal Church. 1979. Italic material is directions and is not part of the prayers or spoken devotions.
[1] Awake, my soul, and with the sun by Thomas Ken (1695).

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Jay N. Forrest is a Christian mystic in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. He is the author of The Deeper Life: Finding God on the Mystic Path.

Jay N. Forrest was an ordained Pentecostal minister for over two decades pastoring churches in Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennesse, and Arizona. He did his undergraduate work at Central Bible College and Global University, and he received his Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Christian University. He is a Certified Meditation Teacher and a full-time hospice chaplain.

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