Liturgy is not just about the order of service on Sunday morning. Liturgy is a pattern of life because humans are liturgical creatures. For Anglicans, the liturgy of our life is shaped by the Book of Common Prayer. This Common Prayer shapes not just our Sunday morning services, but our entire week, and our entire year.
Morning Prayer is one of the principal liturgies in the Book of Common Prayer. Together with Evening Prayer, these two services form the backbone of the Daily Office, a pattern of hearing God’s word, offering prayers and thanksgiving, and living out Paul’s instruction that we should “pray without ceasing.”
While Morning Prayer can be done alone, as part of a person’s private devotions, it is more commonly done in community. In England, as Anglicanism was being established, the priest was admonished to ring the church bells when he was about to say Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer so that the faithful could come and join him, or if they could not, they could pause in their work, to offer up their prayers.
Come join us on Wednesday mornings for Morning Prayer. This short service is a perfect way to start your day, before you step into the busyness of the day.