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Prayers During
a Time of Transition

An Act of Oblation

Accept O Lord, my entire liberty, my memory,
my understanding, and my will.
All that I am and have you have given me:
and I give all back to you to be used or disposed of
according to your good pleasure.
Give only the comfort of your presence
and the joy of your love:
with these I shall be more than rich and shall desire
nothing more. Amen.

In the Morning

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.

A Reading

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. I Peter 1:3

A period of silence may follow.

A hymn or canticle may be used; the Apostle’s Creed may be said.

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

The Lord’s Prayer

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

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. Isaiah 26:3, 30:15

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Collect

Blessed Savior, at this hour you hung on the cross,
stretching out your loving arms:
grant that all the peoples of the earth
may look to you and be saved;
for your mercies’ sake. Amen.

or this

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

This devotion may be used before or after the evening meal.

The Order of Worship for the Evening, page 109, may be used

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

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. 2 Corinthians 4:5-6

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

The Lord’s Prayer

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 place 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

Lord, you are in the midst of us
and we are called by your Name:
do not forsake us, O Lord our God. Jeremiah 14:9, 22

The following may be said

Lord, you 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 may follow. It is appropriate that prayers of thanksgiving for the blessings of the day, and penitence for our sins, be included.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Collect

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

Thanks for Bishop Katharine

Gracious God, source of all wisdom and goodness:
As we begin the search for our next Bishop,
we give thanks for the ministry of Bishop Katharine,
our chief pastor.
Together, as one diocese,
we recommit ourselves to its ministry, its future,
and the vision of what we might become.
We ask you to summon our dreams and our courage.
We pray for realism in our discernment
and the willingness to meet this challenge.
We pray for the ability to listen to one another
and to your voice in our midst.
Ground us in common love and spirit.
Ignite us with a passion
for the ministry you have called us to do
and set our hearts on fire;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Election of a New Diocesan Bishop

Almighty God, giver of every good gift:
Look graciously on your Church,
and so guide the minds of those
who shall choose a bishop for the Diocese,
that we may receive a faithful pastor,
who will care for your people
and equip us for our ministries;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.