Common Prayer for Homes — a new resource

Posted on April 4, 2020 
Filed under COVID19, Resources

From the Better Gatherings website (an initiative of the Diocese of Sydney), here is a very helpful addition to use when you can’t meet in church.

“A new liturgical resource has been completed which provides flexible forms of household worship to serve the churches, by complementing the spiritual resources already being offered during this difficult period: Common Prayer for Homes: Resources for Family Worship.

We trust it will be of some assistance to the ministry already taking place in homes, and ultimately we hope that it provides some good benefit to the spiritual lives of Christ’s flock.”

“Common Prayer for Homes” contains:

  1. HOUSEHOLD WORSHIP – 1ST ORDER
    a classic approach to Christian worship, easily modified for any household
  2. HOUSEHOLD WORSHIP – 2ND ORDER
    another classic approach to Christian worship, with various options to suit many households
  3. HOUSEHOLD WORSHIP WITH KIDS
    a simple approach to Christian worship which is suitable and easily adaptable for young children
  4. MORNING PRAYERS FOR EVERY DAY
    an all-in-one guide to morning prayers for each day of the week, for group or individual use
  5. VARIOUS PRAYERS FOR THE HOME
    a short collection of prayers which can be prayed in our homes
  6. COLLECTS
    this traditional name is given to short and beautiful prayers which cover the whole year, and special occasions.

Download “Common Prayer for Homes” from Better Gatherings. – and do share widely. (Note – 06 April 2020, a slightly updated version is now online.)

Here is some encouragement from the back cover:

Read the Holy Scriptures humbly with a meek and lowly heart, to the intent that you may glorify God, and not yourself, with the knowledge of it. And read it not without daily praying to God, that he would direct your reading to good effect.

– Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556)

Therefore, confident in your holy teaching and promises, and all the more since we are gathered here in your presence and in the name of your Son our Lord Jesus; we fondly plead with you, our good God and Father, that in the name of our only Saviour and Mediator, by your infinite mercy, you would freely forgive our transgressions and so draw and lift our thoughts and desires to you, that from our whole heart we may seek you, and that according to your good pleasure and will, which alone is reasonable.

– John Calvin (1509-1564)

The Almighty Lord, which is a most strong tower to all that put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, in earth, and under earth, do bow and obey: be now and evermore your defence, and make you know and feel, that there is no other name under heaven given to man, in whom, and through whom, you may receive health and salvation, but only the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

– from the Book of Common Prayer (1549)

Related:

We ask Mark Earngey about ‘Common Prayer for Homes’