Praying our way through COVID-19

Videos of Ted offering each of these daily prayers are posted on the church’s Facebook page. Unless otherwise noted, material primarily drawn from Shane Claiborne, Common Prayer. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010.

Scroll down to find today’s date. Dates are in reverse calendar order:

Wednesday, April 15
Good morning on this Wednesday, April 15, in the year of our Lord 2020; in the season of Easter. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
You alone, O Lord, are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
Alleluia
-Traditional from the Taize Community

You have stamped your image on us, Lord, to mark us as your own.

Those who seek my life lay their snares; those who seek to hurt me speak of ruin, and meditate treachery all day long.
But I am like the deaf, I do not hear; like the mute, who cannot speak.
Truly, I am like one who does not hear, and in whose mouth is no retort.
But it is for you, O LORD, that I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
For I pray, “Only do not let them rejoice over me, those who boast against me when my foot slips.”
For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever with me. I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.
Those who are my foes without cause are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
Those who render me evil for good are my adversaries because I follow after good.
Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, do not be far from me; make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation.
-Psalm 38:12-22, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

You have stamped your image on us, Lord, to mark us as your own.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
-John 15:1-11, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

You have stamped your image on us, Lord, to mark us as your own.

Almighty God, you who have sent Jesus into the world to suffer, die, and rise again for our sake, help us to experience your transforming resurrection power within our lives and ministry;
Prayer for the first week of Easter, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

Lord, we long to be your people in this world where other powers claim our allegiance. You have stamped your image on us. Guide us by your light that we might see clearly who we are and what it means to give ourselves to you. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

You have stamped your image on us, Lord, to mark us as your own.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand; ponder nothing earthly minded, for with blessing in his hand, Christ our God to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.
-Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Traditional Hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Tuesday, April 14
Good morning on this Tuesday, April 14, in the year of our Lord 2020; in the season of Easter. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

I am sure I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 
Yes, I shall see the goodness of the Lord.
Hold firm! Trust in the Lord!
-Traditional from the Taize Community

May the guarding of God shelter us agains the winds and the wiles of the devil.

Those who seek my life lay their snares; those who seek to hurt me speak of ruin, and meditate treachery all day long.
But I am like the deaf, I do not hear; like the mute, who cannot speak.
Truly, I am like one who does not hear, and in whose mouth is no retort.
But it is for you, O LORD, that I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
For I pray, “Only do not let them rejoice over me, those who boast against me when my foot slips.”
For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever with me. I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.
Those who are my foes without cause are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
Those who render me evil for good are my adversaries because I follow after good.
Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, do not be far from me; make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation.
-Psalm 38:12-22, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

May the guarding of God shelter us agains the winds and the wiles of the devil.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.
-John 14:15-31, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

May the guarding of God shelter us agains the winds and the wiles of the devil.

Almighty God, you who have sent Jesus into the world to suffer, die, and rise again for our sake, help us to experience your transforming resurrection power within our lives and ministry;
Prayer for the first week of Easter, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

Go before us, God, that we may follow in your steps. Go behind us, God, to steer us when we stray. Go beside us, God, as our strength and our joy for the journey. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

May the guarding of God shelter us agains the winds and the wiles of the devil.

Be thou my vision O Lord of my heart. Naught be all else to me, save that thou art. Thou my best thought by day or by night. Waking or sleeping, thy presence, my light.
-Be Thou My Vision, traditional hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Monday, April 13
Good morning on this Monday, April 13, in the year of our Lord 2020; in the season of Easter. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

In the Lord, I’ll be ever thankful, in the Lord, I will rejoice.
Look to God, do not be afraid.
Lift up your voices the Lord is near. Lift up your voices, the Lord is near.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

Some say this world of trouble is the only one we need, but I’m waiting for that morning when the new world is revealed.

O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger, or discipline me in your wrath.
For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me.
There is no sounds in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin.
For my iniquities have gone over my head; they weigh like a burden too heavy for me.
My wounds grow foul and fester because of my foolishness,
I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all day long I go around mourning.
For my loins are filled with burning, and there is no sounds in my flesh.
I am utterly spent and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.
O Lord, all my longing is known to you; my sighing is not hidden from you.
My heart throbs, my strength fails me; as for the light of my eyes—it also had gone from me.
My friends and companion stand aloof from my affliction, and my neighbors stand far off.
-Psalm 38:1-11, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Some say this world of trouble is the only one we need, but I’m waiting for that morning when the new world is revealed.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
-John 14:1-14, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Some say this world of trouble is the only one we need, but I’m waiting for that morning when the new world is revealed.

Almighty God, you who have sent Jesus into the world to suffer, die, and rise again for our sake, help us to experience your transforming resurrection power within our lives and ministry;
Prayer for the first week of Easter, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

God of heaven and earth, help us to live in this world faithfully guided by your love, which manifests itself in our love toward one another. Prepare us for that great morning when your new world is fully revealed. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Some say this world of trouble is the only one we need, but I’m waiting for that morning when the new world is revealed.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty the King of creation. O my soul praise him for he is thy health and salvation. All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near. Join me in glad adoration.
-Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, traditional hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Saturday, April 11
Good morning on this Saturday, April 11, in the year of our Lord 2020; Holy Saturday, the date our Savior stayed in the tomb. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.
When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.
Come and listen to me.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

Listen, Lord, to the cries of your poor, break hell’s hold, fling wide heaven’s door.

The wicked borrow, and do not pay back, but the righteous are generous and keep giving;
For those blessed by the LORD shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
Our steps are made firm by the LORD, when he delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the LORD holds us by the hand.
I have been young, and ma now old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
They are ever giving liberally and lending, and their children become a blessing.
Depart from evil, and do good; so you shall abide forever.
For the LORD loves justice; he will not forsake his faithful ones.
The righteous shall be kept safe forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
The righteous shall inherit the land, and live in it forever.
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak justice.
The law of their God is in their hearts; their steps do not slip.
The wicked watch for the righteous, and seek to kill them.
The LORD will not abandon them to their power, or let them be condemned when they are brought to trial.
Wait for the LORD< and keep to his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on the destruction of the wicked.
I have seen the wicked oppressing, and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.
Again I passed by, and they were no more; though I sought them, they could not be found.
Mark the blameless, and behold the upright, for there is posterity for the peaceable.
But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off.
The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their refuge in the time of trouble.
The LORD helps them and reduces them; he rescues them from the wicked and saves them because they take refuge in him.
-Psalm 37:21-40, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Listen, Lord, to the cries of your poor, break hell’s hold, fling wide heaven’s door.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.
-Romans 8:1-11, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Listen, Lord, to the cries of your poor, break hell’s hold, fling wide heaven’s door.

Almighty God, you are the light and life of every soul and my only source of hope. Grant that in this time of worship I may experience your transforming power preparing me for the ministry of this day;
Prayer for Holy Week, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

As you hovered over the darkness that covered the earth at the beginning of time, may your Spirit move among us in the silence of this day, preparing us for new life. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Listen, Lord, to the cries of your poor, break hell’s hold, fling wide heaven’s door.

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the word
-Morning Has Broken, Traditional Hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Friday, April 10
Good morning on this Friday, April 10, in the year of our Lord 2020; Good Friday, the date we remember our Savior’s crucifixion and death. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

God, let my praise rise only to you.
With you is the light, you don’t forget me.
With you is all help, with you is all patience.
I do not understand your ways, but, you know the way for me.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

He who hung the earth upon the waters, today he is hung upon the cross.

The wicked borrow, and do not pay back, but the righteous are generous and keep giving;
For those blessed by the LORD shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off.
Our steps are made firm by the LORD, when he delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the LORD holds us by the hand.
I have been young, and ma now old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
They are ever giving liberally and lending, and their children become a blessing.
Depart from evil, and do good; so you shall abide forever.
For the LORD loves justice; he will not forsake his faithful ones.
The righteous shall be kept safe forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
The righteous shall inherit the land, and live in it forever.
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak justice.
The law of their God is in their hearts; their steps do not slip.
The wicked watch for the righteous, and seek to kill them.
The LORD will not abandon them to their power, or let them be condemned when they are brought to trial.
Wait for the LORD< and keep to his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on the destruction of the wicked.
I have seen the wicked oppressing, and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.
Again I passed by, and they were no more; though I sought them, they could not be found.
Mark the blameless, and behold the upright, for there is posterity for the peaceable.
But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off.
The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their refuge in the time of trouble.
The LORD helps them and reduces them; he rescues them from the wicked and saves them because they take refuge in him.
-Psalm 37:21-40, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

He who hung the earth upon the waters, today he is hung upon the cross.

So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.” This was to fulfill what the scripture says,

“They divided my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots.”
And that is what the soldiers did.

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
-John 19:16b-30, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

He who hung the earth upon the waters, today he is hung upon the cross.

Almighty God, you are the light and life of every soul and my only source of hope. Grant that in this time of worship I may experience your transforming power preparing me for the ministry of this day;
Prayer for Holy Week, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

While we were still your enemies, Lord Jesus Christ, you suffered and died for us, winning the victory over death for our sakes. Give us grace to lift you up as we follow the way of your cross so that all people may be drawn unto you. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

He who hung the earth upon the waters, today he is hung upon the cross.

When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say: “It is well, it is well with my soul.” It is well, it is well, with my soul, with my soul; it is well, it is well with my soul!
-Traditional Hymn, It Is Well

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Thursday, April 9
Good morning on this Thursday, April 9, in the year of our Lord 2020; Maundy Thursday, the date we remember our Savior’s Last Supper. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let all who are thirsty come,
Let all who wish receive the water of life freely
Amen. Come Lord Jesus.
Amen. Come Lord Jesus.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

Will you let me be your servant? Let me be as Christ to you?

Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers,
for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him;
Do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices.
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look diligently for their place; they will not be there.
But the meek shall inherit the land, and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
The wicked plot against the righteous, and gnash their teeth at them;
But the LORD laughs at the wicked, for he sees that their day is coming.
The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to kill those who walk uprightly;
Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
Better is a little that the righteous person has than the abundance of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.
The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will abide forever;
They are not put to shame in evil times, in the days of famine they have abundance.
-Psalm 37:1-20, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Will you let me be your servant? Let me be as Christ to you?

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?” So 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, and 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?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

When it was evening, he came with the twelve. And 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.” They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I?” He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. For 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.”

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.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly 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.”
-Mark 14:12-25, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Will you let me be your servant? Let me be as Christ to you?

Almighty God, you are the light and life of every soul and my only source of hope. Grant that in this time of worship I may experience your transforming power preparing me for the ministry of this day;
Prayer for Holy Week, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

Lord Jesus Christ, you knelt to wash from our feet the dirt out of which you made us. Teach us to humbly serve one another so that the world may know we are your disciples. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Will you let me be your servant? Let me be as Christ to you?

The Kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Come, Lord, and open in us the gates of your kingdom.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Wednesday, April 8
Good morning on this Wednesday, April 8, in the year of our Lord 2020; the Wednesday of Holy Week. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
You alone, O Lord, are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
Alleluia
-Traditional from the Taize Community

In your great mercy, O God, answer me with your unfailing help.

Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers,
for they will soon fade like the grass, and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
He will make your vindication shine like the light, and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him;
Do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices.
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look diligently for their place; they will not be there.
But the meek shall inherit the land, and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
The wicked plot against the righteous, and gnash their teeth at them;
But the LORD laughs at the wicked, for he sees that their day is coming.
The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to kill those who walk uprightly;
Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
Better is a little that the righteous person has than the abundance of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.
The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will abide forever;
They are not put to shame in evil times, in the days of famine they have abundance.
-Psalm 37:1-20, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

In your great mercy, O God, answer me with your unfailing help.

Then 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 watchtower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this scripture:

‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes’?”
-Mark 12:1-11, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

In your great mercy, O God, answer me with your unfailing help.

Almighty God, you are the light and life of every soul and my only source of hope. Grant that in this time of worship I may experience your transforming power preparing me for the ministry of this day;
Prayer for Holy Week, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

Merciful Lord, you revealed your glory by humbly serving the one who would betray you. Shower us with your mercy, Lord, and grow us up to be merciful. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

In your great mercy, O God, answer me with your unfailing help.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand; ponder nothing earthly minded, for with blessing in his hand, Christ our God to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.
-Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Traditional Hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Tuesday, April 7
Good morning on this Tuesday, April 7, in the year of our Lord 2020; the Tuesday of Holy Week. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

I am sure I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 
Yes, I shall see the goodness of the Lord.
Hold firm! Trust in the Lord!
-Traditional from the Taize Community

Save us, Lord, but not us alone: redeem your whole creation.

Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in their hearts; there is no fear of God before their eyes.
For they flatter themselves in their own eyes that their iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
The words of their mouths are mischief and deceit; they have ceased to act wisely and do good.
They plot mischief while on their beds; they are set on a way that is not good; they do not reject evil.
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O LORD.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your salvation to the upright of heart!
Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me, or the hand of the wicked drive me away.
There the evildoers lie prostrate; they are thrust down, unable to rise.
-Psalm 36, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Save us, Lord, but not us alone: redeem your whole creation.

Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me.” They argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?”—they were afraid of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a prophet. So 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.”
-Mark 11:27-33, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Save us, Lord, but not us alone: redeem your whole creation.

Almighty God, you are the light and life of every soul and my only source of hope. Grant that in this time of worship I may experience your transforming power preparing me for the ministry of this day;
Prayer for Holy Week, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

Savior of the world, save us from our sin, our sadness, and our self-deception. Give us courage to live in a world we cannot fix with hope that it has already been redeemed. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Save us, Lord, but not us alone: redeem your whole creation.

Be thou my vision O Lord of my heart. Naught be all else to me, save that thou art. Thou my best thought by day or by night. Waking or sleeping, thy presence, my light.
-Be Thou My Vision, traditional hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Monday, April 6
Good morning on this Monday, April 6, in the year of our Lord 2020; the Monday of Holy Week. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.
When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.
Come and listen to me.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

With you, O Lord, is the well of life and in your light, we see light.

Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in their hearts; there is no fear of God before their eyes.
For they flatter themselves in their own eyes that their iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
The words of their mouths are mischief and deceit; they have ceased to act wisely and do good.
They plot mischief while on their beds; they are set on a way that is not good; they do not reject evil.
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O LORD.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
O continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your salvation to the upright of heart!
Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me, or the hand of the wicked drive me away.
There the evildoers lie prostrate; they are thrust down, unable to rise.
-Psalm 36, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

With you, O Lord, is the well of life and in your light, we see light.

On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. Seeing 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. He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.

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; and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. He 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.”
And 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. And when evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.

In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. Then Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly 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. So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”
-Mark 11:12-25, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

With you, O Lord, is the well of life and in your light, we see light.

Almighty God, you are the light and life of every soul and my only source of hope. Grant that in this time of worship I may experience your transforming power preparing me for the ministry of this day;
Prayer for Holy Week, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

While we sat in darkness, Lord Jesus Christ, you interrupted us with your life. Make us, your people, a holy interruption so that by your Spirit’s power we may live as a light to the nations, even as we stumble through this world’s dark night. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

With you, O Lord, is the well of life and in your light, we see light.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty the King of creation. O my soul praise him for he is thy health and salvation. All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near. Join me in glad adoration.
-Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, traditional hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Saturday, April 4
Good morning on this Saturday, April 4, in the year of our Lord 2020; the sixth Saturday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.
When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.
Come and listen to me.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

In our lives this day, O Lord, may we love you among the least.

How long, O LORD, will you look on?
Rescue me from their ravages, my life from the lions!
Then I will thank you in the great congregation; in the mighty throng I will praise you.
Do not let my treacherous enemies rejoice over me, or those who hate me without cause wink the eye.
For they do not speak peace, but they conceive deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land.
They open wide their mouths against me; they say, “Aha, Aha, our eyes have seen it.”
You have seen, O LORD; do not be silent! O LORD, do not be far from me!
Wake up! Bestir yourself for my defense, for my cause, my God and my Lord!
Vindicate me, O LORD, my God, according to your righteousness, and do not let them rejoice over me.
Do not let them say to themselves, “Aha, we have our heart’s desire.” Do not let them say, “We have swallowed you up.”
Let all those who rejoice at my calamity be put to shame and confusion; let those who exalt themselves against me be clothed with shame and dishonor.
Let those who desire my vindication shout for joy and be glad, and say evermore, “Great is the LORD, who delights in the welfare of his servant.”
Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all day long.
-Psalm 35:17-28 scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

In our lives this day, O Lord, may we love you among the least.

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. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then 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.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
-Mark 10:46-52, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

In our lives this day, O Lord, may we love you among the least.

O God our Father, renew our spirits and draw our hearts to yourself, that our work may not be to us a burden but a delight; and give us such love to you as may sweeten all our obedience. Help us that we may serve you with the cheerfulness of children, delighting ourselves in you and rejoicing in all that is to the honor of your name;
Prayer for the Fifth Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

We give thanks today for all who have witnessed to your power that defies our explanation. Give us grace to love you among the least today, O Lord, as we live into the good news of your salvation. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

In our lives this day, O Lord, may we love you among the least.

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the word
-Morning Has Broken, Traditional Hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Friday, April 3
Good morning on this Friday, April 3, in the year of our Lord 2020; the sixth Friday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

God, let my praise rise only to you.
With you is the light, you don’t forget me.
With you is all help, with you is all patience.
I do not understand your ways, but, you know the way for me.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

The LORD is my strength and my song; you have become my salvation

Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me!
Take hold of shield and buckler, and rise up to help me!
Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers; say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”
Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life.
Let them be turned back and confounded who devise evil against me.
Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them on.
Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life.
Let ruin come on them unawares. And let the net that they hid ensnare them; let them fall in it—to their ruin.
Then my soul shall rejoice in the LORD, exulting in his deliverance.
All my bones shall say, “O LORD, who is like you? You deliver the weak from those too strong for them, the weak and needy from those who despoil them.”
Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me about things I do not know.
They repay me evil for good; my soul is forlorn.
But as for me, when they were sick, I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting.
I prayed with head bowed upon my bosom, as though I grieved for a friend or a brother; I went about as one who laments for a mother, bowed down and in mourning.
But at my stumbling they gathered in glee, they gathered together against me; ruffians whom I did not know tore at me without ceasing; they impiously mocked more and more, gnashing at me with their teeth.
-Psalm 35:1-16, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

The LORD is my strength and my song; you have become my salvation

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, saying, “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; they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again.”

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.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But 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?” They 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; but 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.”

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So 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. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
-Mark 10:32-45, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

The LORD is my strength and my song; you have become my salvation

O God our Father, renew our spirits and draw our hearts to yourself, that our work may not be to us a burden but a delight; and give us such love to you as may sweeten all our obedience. Help us that we may serve you with the cheerfulness of children, delighting ourselves in you and rejoicing in all that is to the honor of your name;
Prayer for the Fifth Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

We thank you, Lord Jesus, that you have risen from the dead and won victory over the powers to save us from our sin. We praise you for our salvation, and ask for grace to praise you with our whole lives. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

The LORD is my strength and my song; you have become my salvation

When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say: “It is well, it is well with my soul.” It is well, it is well, with my soul, with my soul; it is well, it is well with my soul!
-Traditional Hymn, It Is Well

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Thursday, April 2
Good morning on this Thursday, April 2, in the year of our Lord 2020; the sixth Thursday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let all who are thirsty come,
Let all who wish receive the water of life freely
Amen. Come Lord Jesus.
Amen. Come Lord Jesus.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

Awake, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me!
Take hold of shield and buckler, and rise up to help me!
Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers; say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”
Let them be put to shame and dishonor who seek after my life.
Let them be turned back and confounded who devise evil against me.
Let them be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them on.
Let their way be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life.
Let ruin come on them unawares. And let the net that they hid ensnare them; let them fall in it—to their ruin.
Then my soul shall rejoice in the LORD, exulting in his deliverance.
All my bones shall say, “O LORD, who is like you? You deliver the weak from those too strong for them, the weak and needy from those who despoil them.”
Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me about things I do not know.
They repay me evil for good; my soul is forlorn.
But as for me, when they were sick, I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting.
I prayed with head bowed upon my bosom, as though I grieved for a friend or a brother; I went about as one who laments for a mother, bowed down and in mourning.
But at my stumbling they gathered in glee, they gathered together against me; ruffians whom I did not know tore at me without ceasing; they impiously mocked more and more, gnashing at me with their teeth.
-Psalm 35:1-16, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Awake, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

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?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You 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; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, 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.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

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!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 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.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus 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, who 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. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
-Mark 10:17-31, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Awake, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

O God our Father, renew our spirits and draw our hearts to yourself, that our work may not be to us a burden but a delight; and give us such love to you as may sweeten all our obedience. Help us that we may serve you with the cheerfulness of children, delighting ourselves in you and rejoicing in all that is to the honor of your name;
Prayer for the Fifth Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

God of power and might, you raised Jesus from he dead after you had raised Israel out of Egypt. As we arise in the light of this new day, raise us to live by your power the life that only you can give. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Awake, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.

The Kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Come, Lord, and open in us the gates of your kingdom.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Wednesday, April 1
Good morning on this Wednesday, April 1, in the year of our Lord 2020; the sixth Wednesday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
You alone, O Lord, are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
Alleluia
-Traditional from the Taize Community

Our delight is in the law of love. May we walk in Christ’s light day and night.

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the LORD, and was saved from every trouble.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
O taste and see that the LORD is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.
O fear the LORD, you his holy ones, for those who fear him have no want.
The young lions suffer want and hunger, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Which of you desires life, and covets many days to enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.
The face of the LORD is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD rescues them from them all.
He keeps all their bones; not one of them will be broken.
Evil brings death to the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
-Psalm 34, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Our delight is in the law of love. May we walk in Christ’s light day and night.

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.

Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But 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. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
-Mark 10:1-16, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Our delight is in the law of love. May we walk in Christ’s light day and night.

O God our Father, renew our spirits and draw our hearts to yourself, that our work may not be to us a burden but a delight; and give us such love to you as may sweeten all our obedience. Help us that we may serve you with the cheerfulness of children, delighting ourselves in you and rejoicing in all that is to the honor of your name;
Prayer for the Fifth Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

You who led Israel through the waters, plant us by dreams of living water. Root us in your love and grow us up to bear the fruit of your Spirit: love , joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Our delight is in the law of love. May we walk in Christ’s light day and night.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand; ponder nothing earthly minded, for with blessing in his hand, Christ our God to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.
-Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Traditional Hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Tuesday, March 31
Good morning on this Tuesday, March 31, in the year of our Lord 2020; the fifth Tuesday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

I am sure I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 
Yes, I shall see the goodness of the Lord.
Hold firm! Trust in the Lord!
-Traditional from the Taize Community

Worship the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion!

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the LORD, and was saved from every trouble.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
O taste and see that the LORD is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.
O fear the LORD, you his holy ones, for those who fear him have no want.
The young lions suffer want and hunger, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Which of you desires life, and covets many days to enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.
The face of the LORD is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD rescues them from them all.
He keeps all their bones; not one of them will be broken.
Evil brings death to the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
-Psalm 34, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Worship the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion!

The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.

Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.
-John 9:18-41, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Worship the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion!

O God our Father, renew our spirits and draw our hearts to yourself, that our work may not be to us a burden but a delight; and give us such love to you as may sweeten all our obedience. Help us that we may serve you with the cheerfulness of children, delighting ourselves in you and rejoicing in all that is to the honor of your name;
Prayer for the Fifth Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

Lord, we mark time with hours, days, months, and years. You mark time in ways we cannot comprehend. Help us learn to mark time with worship, praise, and prayers, rooting our lives in the living tradition of your beloved community. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Worship the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion!

Be thou my vision O Lord of my heart. Naught be all else to me, save that thou art. Thou my best thought by day or by night. Waking or sleeping, thy presence, my light.
-Be Thou My Vision, traditional hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Monday, March 30

Good morning on this Monday, March 30, in the year of our Lord 2020; the fifth Monday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

In the Lord, I’ll be ever thankful, in the Lord, I will rejoice.
Look to God, do not be afraid.
Lift up your voices the Lord is near. Lift up your voices, the Lord is near.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

In you alone we put our trust; let us not be put to shame.

Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous. Praise befits the upright.
Praise the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings.
Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle; he put the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.
The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all humankind.
From where he sits enthroned he watches all the inhabitants of the earth—
He who fashions the hearts of them all, and observes all their deeds.
A king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save.
Truly the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,
To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and shield.
Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
-Psalm 33, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

In you alone we put our trust; let us not be put to shame.

As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”

They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.”
-John 9:1-17, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

In you alone we put our trust; let us not be put to shame.

O God our Father, renew our spirits and draw our hearts to yourself, that our work may not be to us a burden but a delight; and give us such love to you as may sweeten all our obedience. Help us that we may serve you with the cheerfulness of children, delighting ourselves in you and rejoicing in all that is to the honor of your name;
Prayer for the Fourth Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

Lord, our efforts and faithfulness are fraught with failure more often than we care to admit. Thank you that your love for us is never wasted. Keep us rooted in your word, eating at your table, and praying by your Spirit, so that we may remember when we fail that we are part of your frailly not because we deserve to be but because you want us. Hear us now as we pray as your Son taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

In you alone we put our trust; let us not be put to shame.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty the King of creation. O my soul praise him for he is thy health and salvation. All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near. Join me in glad adoration.
-Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, traditional hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Saturday, March 28
Good morning on this Saturday, March 28, in the year of our Lord 2020; the fifth Saturday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.
When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.
Come and listen to me.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

Rain down justice upon us, Lord, that we might live in peace.

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
Therefore all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah
I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.
Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the LORD.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
-Psalm 32, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Rain down justice upon us, Lord, that we might live in peace.

When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. When the whole crowd saw him, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him. He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought you my son; he has a spirit that makes him unable to speak; and whenever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, but they could not do so.” He answered them, “You faithless generation, how much longer must I be among you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him. When the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You spirit that keeps this boy from speaking and hearing, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again!” After crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he was able to stand. When he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “This kind can come out only through prayer.”
-Mark 9:14-29, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Rain down justice upon us, Lord, that we might live in peace.

Lord God, you who are the source of all truth, wisdom, justice, and love, lead me through this time of worship and throughout this day of service to you. Help me constantly to rest my life upon the eternal foundations of your love and presence. Save me from haste and confusion, from wrongful desire, and the net of evil. Through the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, enlighten, instruct, and guide me all the day long;
Prayer for the Fourth Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

We give thanks, God, for the prophets who love us enough to tell us your hard truth. Show us where we need your words for our repentance and conversion, and teach us how to always speak your truth in love. Hear us now as we pray as he taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the word
-Morning Has Broken, Traditional Hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Friday, March 27
Good morning on this Friday, March 27, in the year of our Lord 2020; the fifth Friday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I’m glad you’re join together this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So make sure you have something warm and comforting to drink and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

God, let my praise rise only to you.
With you is the light, you don’t forget me.
With you is all help, with you is all patience.
I do not understand your ways, but, you know the way for me.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
Therefore all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah
I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.
Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the LORD.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
-Psalm 32, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean. Then they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He said to them, “Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him.”
-Mark 9:2-13, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Lord God, you who are the source of all truth, wisdom, justice, and love, lead me through this time of worship and throughout this day of service to you. Help me constantly to rest my life upon the eternal foundations of your love and presence. Save me from haste and confusion, from wrongful desire, and the net of evil. Through the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, enlighten, instruct, and guide me all the day long;
Prayer for the Fourth Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

Lord, mold us and form us into the kind of people you want us to be. Be patient with us when we fall short of what love demands of us. And give us patience with ourselves. Catch us in the arms of your grace. Hear us now as we pray as he taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning.

When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say: “It is well, it is well with my soul.” It is well, it is well, with my soul, with my soul; it is well, it is well with my soul!
-It Is Well With My Soul, Traditional Hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Thursday, March 26
Good morning on this Thursday, March 26, in the year of our Lord 2020; the fifth Thursday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I hope you’ll join me this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So hit the pause button, grab something warm and comforting to drink, and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let all who are thirsty come,
Let all who wish receive the water of life freely
Amen. Come Lord Jesus.
Amen. Come Lord Jesus.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

Go down, Moses, way down to Egypt land and tell old Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”

In you, O LORD, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.
Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.
You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
Take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
You hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.
I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have taken heed of my adversities,
And have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.
I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.
I have passed out of my mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.
For I hear the whispering of many–terror all around!–as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
But I trust in you, O LORD: I say, “You are my God,”
My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.
Do not let me be put to shame, O LORD, for I call on you;
Let the wicked be put to shame; let them go dumbfounded to Sheol.
Let the lying lips be stilled that speak insolently against the righteous with pride and contempt.
O how abundant is your goodness that you have laid up for those who fear you,
And accomplished for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of everyone!
In the shelter of your presence you hid them from human plots; you hold them safe under your shelter from contentious tongues.
Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was beset as a city under siege.
I had said in my alarm, “I am driven far from your sight.”
But you heard my supplications when I cried out to you for help.
Love the LORD all you his saints.
The LORD preserves the faithful, but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD.
-Psalm 31, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Go down, Moses, way down to Egypt land and tell old Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”

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?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
-Mark 8:27-9:1, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Go down, Moses, way down to Egypt land and tell old Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”

Lord God, you who are the source of all truth, wisdom, justice, and love, lead me through this time of worship and throughout this day of service to you. Help me constantly to rest my life upon the eternal foundations of your love and presence. Save me from haste and confusion, from wrongful desire, and the net of evil. Through the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, enlighten, instruct, and guide me all the day long;
Prayer for the Fourth Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

Thank you, Lord, that throughout history there have been women whose steadfast faith and hope in you have brought about justice, freedom, and security for those who most needed it. We pray we can learn from women like Rahab and Esther and Harriet Tubman what it means to commit our lives to your service. Hear us now as we pray as he taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Go down, Moses, way down to Egypt land and tell old Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”

Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus. Steal away, steal away home; I ain’t got long to stay here. My Lord, he calls me, he calls me by the thunder, the trumpet sounds with in my soul. I ain’t got long to stay here.
-Steal Away to Jesus, Traditional Hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Wednesday, March 25
Good morning on this Wednesday, March 25, in the year of our Lord 2020; the fifth Wednesday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I hope you’ll join me this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So hit the pause button, grab something warm and comforting to drink, and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
You alone, O Lord, are holy.
Come and fill our hearts with your peace.
Alleluia
-Traditional from the Taize Community

Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your will.

In you, O LORD, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.
Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.
You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
Take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
You hate those who pay regard to worthless idols, but I trust in the LORD.
I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have taken heed of my adversities,
And have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.
I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.
I have passed out of my mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.
For I hear the whispering of many–terror all around!–as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.
But I trust in you, O LORD: I say, “You are my God,”
My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.
Do not let me be put to shame, O LORD, for I call on you;
Let the wicked be put to shame; let them go dumbfounded to Sheol.
Let the lying lips be stilled that speak insolently against the righteous with pride and contempt.
O how abundant is your goodness that you have laid up for those who fear you,
And accomplished for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of everyone!
In the shelter of your presence you hid them from human plots; you hold them safe under your shelter from contentious tongues.
Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was beset as a city under siege.
I had said in my alarm, “I am driven far from your sight.”
But you heard my supplications when I cried out to you for help.
Love the LORD all you his saints.
The LORD preserves the faithful, but abundantly repays the one who acts haughtily.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD.
-Psalm 31, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your will.

The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. And 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.” And he left them, and getting into the boat again, he went across to the other side.

Now the disciples had forgotten to bring any bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out—beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.” They said to one another, “It is because we have no bread.” And 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? Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” They said to him, “Twelve.” “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” And they said to him, “Seven.” Then he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”

They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. He 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?” And the man looked up and said, “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Then he sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.”
-Mark 8:11-26, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your will.

Lord God, you who are the source of all truth, wisdom, justice, and love, lead me through this time of worship and throughout this day of service to you. Help me constantly to rest my life upon the eternal foundations of your love and presence. Save me from haste and confusion, from wrongful desire, and the net of evil. Through the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, enlighten, instruct, and guide me all the day long;
Prayer for the Fourth Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

Thank you, Lord, for Mary’s witness to joyful obedience, courageous faith, and the merciful truth that you dwell among those the world would forget. Hear us now as we offer prayers to her Son and yours, as he taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your will.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand; ponder nothing earthly minded, for with blessing in his hand, Christ our God to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.
-Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Traditional Hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Tuesday, March 24

Good morning on this Tuesday, March 24, in the year of our Lord 2020; the fourth Tuesday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I hope you’ll join me this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So hit the pause button, grab something warm and comforting to drink, and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

I am sure I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Yes, I shall see the goodness of the Lord.

Hold firm! Trust in the Lord!

-Traditional from the Taize Community

Unless a seed falls into the ground and dies, it cannot bear fruit or bless others’ lives.

I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me.

O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.

O LORD, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.

For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime.

Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”

By your favor, O LORD, you had established me as a strong mountain; you hid your face; I was dismayed.

To you, O LORD, I cried,

And to the LORD I made supplication;

“What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit?

Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?

Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me! O LORD, be my helper!”

You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

So that my soul may praise you and not be silent.

O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

-Psalm 30, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Unless a seed falls into the ground and dies, it cannot bear fruit or bless others’ lives.

In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way—and some of them have come from a great distance.” His disciples replied, “How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?” He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” Then 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. They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. Now there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.

-Mark 8:1-10, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Unless a seed falls into the ground and dies, it cannot bear fruit or bless others’ lives.

Lord God, you who are the source of all truth, wisdom, justice, and love, lead me through this time of worship and throughout this day of service to you. Help me constantly to rest my life upon the eternal foundations of your love and presence. Save me from haste and confusion, from wrongful desire, and the net of evil. Through the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, enlighten, instruct, and guide me all the day long;

Prayer for the Fourth Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

⁃ Ourselves

⁃ Our families

⁃ Our church and community

⁃ Healing around the world for COVID-19

⁃ Other concerns

Lord, we know the world will kill your prophets. Nevertheless, give us words to convict, to heal, to raise up others for justice, and to offer forgiveness for those who harm us. We offer these prayers through your Son, who taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Unless a seed falls into the ground and dies, it cannot bear fruit or bless others’ lives.

I the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry. All who dwell in dark and sin, my hand will save. I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright. Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send? Here I am, Lord; is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.

-Here I Am, Lord, Traditional Hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Monday, March 23

Good morning on this Monday, March 23, in the year of our Lord 2020; the fourth Monday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I hope you’ll join me this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So hit the pause button, grab something warm and comforting to drink, and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

In the Lord, I’ll be ever thankful, in the Lord, I will rejoice.

Look to God, do not be afraid.

Lift up your voices the Lord is near. Lift up your voices, the Lord is near.

-Traditional from the Taize Community

Come now and join the feast right here in the belly of the beast!

I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me.

O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.

O LORD, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.

For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime.

Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.

As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”

By your favor, O LORD, you had established me as a strong mountain; you hid your face; I was dismayed.

To you, O LORD, I cried,

And to the LORD I made supplication;

“What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit?

Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?

Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me! O LORD, be my helper!”

You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,

So that my soul may praise you and not be silent.

O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

-Psalm 30, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Come now and join the feast right here in the belly of the beast!

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, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He 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.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

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. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

-Mark 7:24-37, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Come now and join the feast right here in the belly of the beast!

Lord God, you who are the source of all truth, wisdom, justice, and love, lead me through this time of worship and throughout this day of service to you. Help me constantly to rest my life upon the eternal foundations of your love and presence. Save me from haste and confusion, from wrongful desire, and the net of evil. Through the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, enlighten, instruct, and guide me all the day long;

Prayer for the Fourth Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

⁃ Ourselves

⁃ Our families

⁃ Our church and community

⁃ Healing around the world for COVID-19

⁃ Other concerns

Transform our memory, Lord, so that whenever we encounter suffering for your sake, we will recall all the saints who have gone before us whose courage and faith brought us this far. We offer these prayers through your Son, who taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Come now and join the feast right here in the belly of the beast!

Spirit of the living God, come fall afresh on us. Come wake us from our sleep! Pour through the caverns of our souls, pour in us to overflow. To overflow.

-Fall Afresh, Bethel Music

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Saturday, March 21
Good morning on this Saturday, March 21, in the year of our Lord 2020; the fourth Saturday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I hope you’ll join me this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So hit the pause button, grab something warm and comforting to drink, and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.
When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer, O Lord, hear my prayer.
Come and listen to me.
-Traditional from the Taize Community

Cleanse our hearts, Lord, by your Spirit, that we might praise your holy name.

Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.
The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bears; and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!
-Psalm 29, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Cleanse our hearts, Lord, by your Spirit, that we might praise your holy name.

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and 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.) So 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?” He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,

‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.’
You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”

Then he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.’ But 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)— then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this.”

Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”

When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. He said to them, “Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
-Mark 7:1-23, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Cleanse our hearts, Lord, by your Spirit, that we might praise your holy name.

Lord of life and love, help us to worship you in the holiness of beauty, that some beauty of holiness may appear in us. Quiet our souls in your presence with the stillness of a wise trust. Lift us above dark moods, and the shadow of sin, that we may find your will for our lives;
Prayer for the Third Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves
  • Our families
  • Our church and community
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns

Lord, we remember those who have given their lives for the sake of justice and freedom. Help us not to take our own freedom lightly, but to use it to advocate relentlessly for the freedom of others. We offer these prayers through your Son, who taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Cleanse our hearts, Lord, by your Spirit, that we might praise your holy name.

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. Alleluia. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. Alleluia. Ascribe greatness, ascribe greatness, to the Rock so high.
-The Stone, Jars of Clay

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Friday, March 20

Good morning on this Friday, March 20, in the year of our Lord 2020; the fourth Friday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I hope you’ll join me this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So hit the pause button, grab something warm and comforting to drink, and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

God, let my praise rise only to you.

With you is the light, you don’t forget me.

With you is all help, with you is all patience.

I do not understand your ways, but, you know the way for me.

-Traditional from the Taize Community

Set our hearts to sing your praise and our bodies to do your will.

To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, do not refuse to hear me.

For if you are silent to me, I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.

Hear the voice of my supplication, as I cry to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who are workers of evil,

Who speak peace with their neighbors, while mischief is in their hearts.

Repay them according to their work, and according to the evil of their deeds;

Repay them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward.

Because they do not regard the works of the LORD, or the works of his hands,

He will break them down and build them up no more.

Blessed be the LORD, for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.

The LORD is my strength and my shield, in him my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.

O save your people, and bless your heritage; be their shepherd, and carry them forever.

-Psalm 28, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Set our hearts to sing your praise and our bodies to do your will.

When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by. But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

-Mark 6:47-56, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Set our hearts to sing your praise and our bodies to do your will.

Lord of life and love, help us to worship you in the holiness of beauty, that some beauty of holiness may appear in us. Quiet our souls in your presence with the stillness of a wise trust. Lift us above dark moods, and the shadow of sin, that we may find your will for our lives;

Prayer for the Third Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

⁃ Ourselves

⁃ Our families

⁃ Our church and community

⁃ Healing around the world for COVID-19

⁃ Other concerns

Lord, we begin this day praising you. May your liturgy set our souls to dancing, and may your Spirit guide our feet today. We offer these prayers in the name of your Son, who taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Set our hearts to sing your praise and our bodies to do your will.

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature, O thou of God and man the Son, thee will I cherish, thee will I honor, thou my soul’s glory, joy and crown.

-Fairest Lord Jesus, Traditional Hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Thursday, March 19

Good morning on this Thursday, March 19, in the year of our Lord 2020; the fourth Thursday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I hope you’ll join me this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So hit the pause button, grab something warm and comforting to drink, and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let all who are thirsty come,

Let all who wish receive the water of life freely

Amen. Come Lord Jesus.

Amen. Come Lord Jesus.

-Traditional from the Taize Community

Arise, O God, maintain your cause: defend the poor for your name’s sake.

To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, do not refuse to hear me.

For if you are silent to me, I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.

Hear the voice of my supplication, as I cry to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who are workers of evil,

Who speak peace with their neighbors, while mischief is in their hearts.

Repay them according to their work, and according to the evil of their deeds;

Repay them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward.

Because they do not regard the works of the LORD, or the works of his hands,

He will break them down and build them up no more.

Blessed be the LORD, for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.

The LORD is my strength and my shield, in him my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.

O save your people, and bless your heritage; be their shepherd, and carry them forever.

-Psalm 28, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

Arise, O God, maintain your cause: defend the poor for your name’s sake.

The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He 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. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As 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. When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” But 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?” And he said to them, “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” When they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.” Then he ordered them to get all the people to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and of fifties. Taking 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. And all ate and were filled; and they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. Those who had eaten the loaves numbered five thousand men. Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

-Mark 6:30-46, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Arise, O God, maintain your cause: defend the poor for your name’s sake.

Lord of life and love, help us to worship you in the holiness of beauty, that some beauty of holiness may appear in us. Quiet our souls in your presence with the stillness of a wise trust. Lift us above dark moods, and the shadow of sin, that we may find your will for our lives;

Prayer for the Third Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

⁃ Ourselves

⁃ Our families

⁃ Our church and community

⁃ Healing around the world for COVID-19

⁃ Other concerns

Lord, keep us from making excuses for the sake of disobedience and spiritual death. Help us remember that all of humanity is invited to feast at your table, especially those we would name as enemies. We offer these prayers in the name of your Son, who taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Arise, O God, maintain your cause: defend the poor for your name’s sake.

The Kingdom of God is justice and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Come, Lord, and open in us the gates of your kingdom.

-Traditional from the Taize Community

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Wednesday, March 18

Good morning on this Wednesday, March 18, in the year of our Lord 2020; the fourth Wednesday in Lent. We come together praying the daily office liturgy; a wonderful, beautiful, means of prayer that grounds us in the love of God. I hope you’ll join me this morning.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer.

So hit the pause button, grab something warm and comforting to drink, and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Come and fill our hearts with your peace.

You alone, O Lord, are holy.

Come and fill our hearts with your peace.

Alleluia

-Traditional from the Taize Community

In the roar of a hard rain, Lord, we hear justice rolling down.

The LORD is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the stronghold of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh–my adversaries and foes–they shall stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.

One thing I asked of the LORD, that I will seek after;

To live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,

To behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;

He will conceal me under the cover of his tent;

He will set me high on a rock.

Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me,

And I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;

I will sing and make melody to the LORD.

Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!

“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”

Your face, LORD, do I seek.

Do not hide your face from me.

Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help.

Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!

If my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me up.

Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.

Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,

For false witnesses have risen against me and they are breathing out violence.

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

-Psalm 27, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

In the roar of a hard rain, Lord, we hear justice rolling down.

Jesus and the disciples cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them. King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’s 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.” But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”

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. For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for 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. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When 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.” And he solemnly swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the baptizer.” Immediately 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.” The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

Mark 6:13-29, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

In the roar of a hard rain, Lord, we hear justice rolling down.

Lord of life and love, help us to worship you in the holiness of beauty, that some beauty of holiness may appear in us. Quiet our souls in your presence with the stillness of a wise trust. Lift us above dark moods, and the shadow of sin, that we may find your will for our lives;

Prayer for the Third Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

⁃ Ourselves

⁃ Our families

⁃ Our church and community

⁃ Healing around the world for COVID-19

⁃ Other concerns

Lord, not only in the roar of a hard rain, but in the dousing, dipping, drenching of our baptism, call us to live into that new life that is your resurrection. We pray this in the name of your Son, who taught us to pray by saying:

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

In the roar of a hard rain, Lord, we hear justice rolling down.

All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing, O praise ye! Alleluia! O brother sun with golden beam, O sister moon with silver gleam! O praise ye! O praise ye! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

-All Creatures of Our God and King, traditional hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our virtual doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Tuesday, March 17

Good morning on this Tuesday, March 17, in the year of our Lord 2020; the third Tuesday in Lent. We come together in this uncertain time doing the most certain thing I know of: praying together.

The text of today’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer. And this time of prayer that will focus specifically on coronavirus matters; but, instead, simply draw us together into the presence of God through a time of prayer.

So hit the pause button, grab something warm and comforting to drink, and let us pray together.

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

I am sure I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Yes, I shall see the goodness of the Lord.

Hold firm! Trust in the Lord!

-Traditional from the Taize Community

I arise, I arise today in the Spirit of the Trinity.

The LORD is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the stronghold of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh–my adversaries and foes–they shall stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.

One thing I asked of the LORD, that I will seek after;

To live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,

To behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;

He will conceal me under the cover of his tent;

He will set me high on a rock.

Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me,

And I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;

I will sing and make melody to the LORD.

Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!

“Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”

Your face, LORD, do I seek.

Do not hide your face from me.

Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help.

Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!

If my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me up.

Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.

Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,

For false witnesses have risen against me and they are breathing out violence.

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

-Psalm 27, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily

I arise, I arise today in the Spirit of the Trinity.

[Jesus] left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On 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! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If 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.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Mark 6:1-13, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

I arise, I arise today in the Spirit of the Trinity.

Lord of life and love, help us to worship you in the holiness of beauty, that some beauty of holiness may appear in us. Quiet our souls in your presence with the stillness of a wise trust. Lift us above dark moods, and the shadow of sin, that we may find your will for our lives;

Prayer for the Third Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants

Silent Prayers for:

⁃ Ourselves

⁃ Our families

⁃ Our church and community

⁃ Healing around the world for COVID-19

⁃ Other concerns

Lord, if only we made ourselves as open and available as your saints of old, who knows what you might do through us! Speak to us in visions and dreams, make your will known to us, and be patient with us. Hear us now as we pray the way your Son taught us to pray by saying,

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

I arise, I arise today in the Spirit of the Trinity.

Be thou my vision O Lord of my heart. Naught be all else to me, save that thou art. Thou my best thought by day or by night. Waking or sleeping, thy presence, my light.

-Be Thou My Vision, traditional hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our doors.

Amen. Go in peace.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Good morning. Beginning today, March 16, and going daily until the coronavirus pandemic has passed, we will gather each morning for prayer. I have put together a pattern of prayer, based on the Daily Office, to engage us. There’s a pattern we follow every day and, if you engage with this prayer daily, that pattern will become a familiar source of comfort. So I hope you’ll join us each day for prayer as we pray our way through the coronavirus. 

We come together in this uncertain time doing the most certain thing I know of: praying together.

The text of each day’s prayer is available on our website at eastmanfirst.com/pray. If you would like to follow along, I invite you to visit that website as I pray. I hope that you’ll take the time, wherever you are, to pause your mind to simply be in the presence of God through this time of prayer. 

So hit the pause button, grab something warm and comforting to drink, and let us pray together. 

O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun. 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. 

Come, let us pray to the Lord, let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. 

In the Lord, I’ll be ever thankful, in the Lord, I will rejoice. 

Look to God, do not be afraid. 

Lift up your voices the Lord is near. Lift up your voices, the Lord is near.

-Traditional, Taize Community

Lord God of hosts, hear our prayer; listen, O God of Jacob. 

Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. 

Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and mind. 

For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in faithfulness to you. 

I do not sit with the worthless, nor do I consort with hypocrites;

I hate the company of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked. 

I wash my hands in innocence, and go around your altar, O LORD, singing aloud a song of thanksgiving, and telling all your wondrous deeds. 

O LORD, I love the house in which you dwell, and the place where your glory abides. 

Do not sweep me away with sinners, nor my life with the bloodthirsty, those in whose hands are evil devices, and whose right hands are full of bribes. 

But as for me, I walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me. 

My foot stands on level ground, in the great congregation I will bless the LORD. 

-Psalm 26, scheduled Psalm for Eastman First’s initiative to Pray the Psalms daily 

Lord God of hosts, hear our prayer; listen, O God of Jacob. 

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and 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.” So he went with him.

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

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?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And 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. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Mark 5:21-43, Daily Office Lectionary Gospel Reading

Lord God of hosts, hear our prayer; listen, O God of Jacob. 

Lord of life and love, help us to worship you in the holiness of beauty, that some beauty of holiness may appear in us. Quiet our souls in your presence with the stillness of a wise trust. Lift us above dark moods, and the shadow of sin, that we may find your will for our lives;

Prayer for the Third Week of Lent, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants 

Silent Prayers for:

  • Ourselves 
  • Our families 
  • Our church and community 
  • Healing around the world for COVID-19
  • Other concerns 

Lord God, please keep us balanced between the times you call us apart to be alone with you and the times when we dwell in the midst of others who claim you as Lord, that we might in every circumstance know ourselves in the beloved community of your Trinity, praying to you now as your Son taught us to pray by saying, 

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, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. 

Lord God of hosts, hear our prayer; listen, O God of Jacob.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty the King of creation. O my soul praise him for he is thy health and salvation. All ye who hear, now to his temple draw near. Join me in glad adoration. 

-Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, traditional hymn

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever he may send you; may he guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm; may he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he has shown you; may he bring you home once again into our doors. 

Amen. Go in peace.