O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth your praise. Psalm 51:16
Take a few moments to praise God for who he is.
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.
Take a few moments to confess specific sins.
O give me the comfort of your help again *
and sustain me with your willing Spirit.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
A Reading from Holy Scripture
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3
Give thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:12-14
If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4
or a reading from the Daily Office Lectionary
A period of silence may follow.
Offer prayers for yourself and others
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.
The Collect (pick one)
A COLLECT FOR STRENGTH TO AWAIT CHRIST’S RETURN
O God our King, by the resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ on the first day of the week, you conquered
sin, put death to flight, and gave us the hope of everlasting life: Redeem all our days by this victory; forgive
our sins, banish our fears, make us bold to praise you and to do your will; and steel us to wait for the
consummation of your kingdom on the last great Day; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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 us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the
way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice
to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A COLLECT FOR PEACE
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect
freedom: Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in your
defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A COLLECT FOR GRACE
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of
this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that,
guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A COLLECT FOR GUIDANCE
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us
by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember
that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A COLLECT FOR ENDURANCE
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory
before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the Cross, may find it none other than
the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
A COLLECT FOR SABBATH REST
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for
all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of
your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your
people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.