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Published 2015 by Dot Woods, Josh Walker, Tim Watson

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for fellow pilgrims on the journey of faith


Introduction
For many hundreds of years daily rhythms of prayer have helped shape Christian communities. Monastic daily prayers (daily offices) have been said and sung across the world with these regular times of prayer and scripture reading rooting communities in the life of faith.
To this day, the use of daily prayer liturgies is foundational across many Christian denominations, while other groups of Christians are beginning to see the benefit of such forms of prayer. Daily liturgical prayer is especially finding a new resonance amongst emerging churches and communities self-identifying as new monastic.

Lighting Beacons: a liturgy for life has been written to help people engage with prayer on a daily basis. The rhythm of prayer has been written to be accessible and challenging, yet not overbearing. There are many different books of daily prayer liturgies and the authors of Lighting Beacons delight in the variety available. With this in mind, we have written these liturgies with a number of hopes:
  • that Lighting Beacons will help those new to liturgical daily prayer to take their first steps into this type of praying
  • that Lighting Beacons will enrich the diet of those who are used to daily prayer and like to make use of different resources from time to time
  • that Lighting Beacons might be something of a “refresher” for those for whom daily prayer has become too much of a burden
  • that Lighting Beacons might help churches and communities to form a rhythm of prayer
  • that Lighting Beacons would be adapted and remixed, altered and re-written to help specific communities in specific times and in specific places
  • that Lighting Beacons would be used by individuals and communities as a single volume book of liturgies whereby every week the community or individual starts at the beginning of the book on Monday morning and prays their way through the book until Sunday night, ready to go back to the beginning and start again. There is no need for numerous ribbons or volumes. One book and one bookmark can suffice
Each day of Lighting Beacons contains four services of prayer:
  • Morning Prayer: written to be used at the beginning of the day, on the train, at breakfast or as a community before the working day starts
  • Mid-Day Prayer: written to be used in the lunch or coffee break. This liturgy is written to take less time than the others and can be used flexibly
  • Evening Prayer: written to be used at the end of the ‘working day’ (for many) in a community, or for example on the train home
  • Night Prayer: written to be used as a last act during the day. Individuals might use these prayers before turning out the bedroom light, while a church or community might hold a candle-lit, quiet and reflective nightly service
It is important to note that this is merely the first volume of Lighting Beacons. The hope is that at some time this volume will be replaced with a volume that includes seasonal variations. This volume is most definitely a work in progress and the authors have specifically decided to publish the volume with Creative Commons Licensing. This is to enable and encourage creative expression in adapting the liturgies and the non-commercial reproduction of the work so that they can most effectively be used by churches and individuals in a format that suits the context.
Physical copies of Lighting Beacons are available online at cost price from www.lulu.com
An online version of Lighting Beacons can also be found at www.lighting-beacons-liturgy.com

To find out more about where to source Lighting Beacons, and for news on updates to the liturgy, please visit www.lighting-beacons-liturgy.com
Some guidance notes for using the liturgies can be found at the end of the book on page 159.
We hope and pray that these prayers might help you in your journey with Christ, as disciples in his Way.

Dot Woods, Josh Walker, Tim Watson

Notes On The Liturgies
  • Lighting Beacons has been written to be used by individuals and also by small groups, communities and churches. There are repeating elements that can be found in most of the services of prayer. Three out of four of the services contain confessions that include a response that addresses a group of people “We turn to Christ” as well as individuals, “I turn to Christ”. This has been deliberately done to remind the person praying that whether praying alone or as part of a larger group, we come to Christ as individuals, but also as parts of his body, the Church
  • If the liturgies are being used in a community, a service leader will say the majority of the words, while the rest of the group will respond with any words written in bold
  • Each liturgy includes the Lord’s Prayer, as a unifying call to remind the person praying that they are united with the wider church and with Christ as they pray
  • Each liturgy has been written to follow a repeating pattern, so that for example, each evening prayer is similar, with some differences each day, this is to allow the person praying to relax into the rhythm of prayer, that it might become familiar and in doing so, more helpful
  • While Lighting Beacons suggests what type of Biblical readings might happen in each service, it does not provide a scheme of readings (a lectionary), as our hope is that the rhythm of prayer finds use in churches that follow different patterns of Bible reading. The authors are also aware that individuals may be following their own pattern of Bible reading. The authors also hope that as individuals use the liturgies, they are enabled and encouraged to read from different parts of the Bible each day - to form a pattern of daily reading that fits
  • Each service of prayer has been written to be light enough to be flexible so that with Bible readings it might take between 5 and 20 minutes - with flexibility given to the individual or community to work out how much of the Bible is read and how the intercessions are organized
  • Everyday ends with Night Prayer, which includes periods of reflection on the day that has just passed. This type of reflection is often called an Examen and can be a helpful way to pause at the end of each day to recognise God’s workings in the world

Authors:
Dot Woods - Mid-day Prayer
Josh Walker - Evening Prayer
Tim Watson - Morning Prayer & Night Prayer


Monday Morning Prayer

We gather to meet with God
Father, Son and Holy Spirit

To give God praise
And to seek God’s face

To bring before God all our days
And every part of our lives

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, draw near to us
As we draw near to you.
Amen


silence

Confession
As individuals and as a community we hold before God our regrets and our failings

We turn to Christ
We turn to Christ

I turn to Christ
I turn to Christ

We turn to Christ
We turn to Christ

Lord Jesus
Healer of souls, purifier of our hearts
As we, your fractured people
Begin this week
Help us to never lose sight of you
No matter what the week brings
Give us the wisdom, grace and humility
To seek out the leading of the Holy Spirit
That our lives would be conformed to your life
And that our wills would be shaped by your will
Amen

A reading from the book of Psalms

silence

A reading from the Old Testament

silence

Intercessions
We give thanks for God’s creation and hold before him the need to be good stewards. We pray for those places blighted by natural disasters. We pray that God would guide us as we seek to live as responsible citizens.

silence

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen


Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Into your world we go
Bearers of your message
Witnesses to your love
Go with us as we venture out
Burn bright in our hearts
And lead us in the way of everlasting Life
Amen



Monday Mid-day Prayer

We gather to meet with God
Father, Son and Holy Spirit

To be aware of your presence in our day
For you Lord are here now; your Spirit dwells within us

To bring you our worship
And offer you our praise

To be conscious that you walk beside us
And we do not make the journey alone

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, draw near to us
As we draw near to you
Amen

Silence

Confession
As individuals and as a community we hold before God our regrets and our failings

We turn to Christ
We turn to Christ

I turn to Christ
I turn to Christ

We turn to Christ
We turn to Christ

Lord Jesus, master potter,
Lover of all you have made
May we your created
though we are flawed,
be conscious that we are made perfect in you
Enable us to be reshaped in your image
And see your invisible face sculpted in our neighbour’s
That in serving them, we serve you.
Amen  

Silence


 A reading from a Gospel


Intercessions
For all who make a living by the sweat of their brow and the work of their hands – Artisans / Craftsmen / Builders / Farmers / Surgeons

Silence

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen


Silence

Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Lead us on as your hands and feet on this earth
Livers of your life, bearers of your gifts
Enable us to share
All that you have given us
Joyfully, generously, purposefully
As you give us opportunity to do so.
Amen


 Monday Evening Prayer

As the night draws near,
we look to you, God.

As we reflect on this day
we look to you, God.

Seeking hope for tomorrow,
we look to you, God.

Silence 

Loving Father,
for the things this day that have brought us joy,
We give you thanks.

Healing Lord,
for the things this day that have brought us sorrow,
Bring peace.

Spirit of life,
in the closing of this day,
Give us rest.

Lord of all,
May the day that has passed and the week that has begun bring opportunity in the lives of your people to love those we meet, as you first loved us.
May the thanks and praise of your people rise like vapour to you this evening, and grant that we may see your hand in our lives.
Amen

A reading from the book of Psalms

A reading from the New Testament

Silence

Heavenly Father,
as your world sees days ending and beginning, we pray that your presence be felt throughout every nation, and that your people would be strengthened in their faith, knowing you are here.
Amen

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen


All praise to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
and as this day comes to a close,
Lord, draw near.
Amen


 Monday Night Prayer

The day draws to a close
And the sky grows dark
The sun fades behind the horizon
And the moon takes its place in the sky
So let us pray, to hold before God
The day that has passed and the night to come.

Loving Lord,
We ask that as darkness descends
You would guide us into rest
That we might sleep soundly
Safe in the knowledge of your
Love and protection
Amen

 Confession
As individuals and as a community we hold before God our regrets and our failings

We turn to Christ
We turn to Christ

I turn to Christ
I turn to Christ

We turn to Christ
We turn to Christ

A reading from the book of Psalms

silence

A short reading from a Gospel

silence

Space For Reflection
In the silence we hold before God the day now passing into history and we give thanks

silence

Lord, for this day
We give you thanks

Lord, for the moments when we encountered grace and beauty
We give you thanks

Lord, for conversations that have made an impact on our lives
We give you thanks

Lord, for the times when we have seen you at work
We give you thanks

In the silence we hold before God the hurts of the past day

silence

Lord, we remember the times when we have not shown love through our thoughts, words and actions
We seek forgiveness

Lord, we remember the times when we have been hurt by the words and actions of others
Help us to forgive

Lord, we remember the times when we have been distracted from seeking after you
Lord, make yourself known to us, help us to see you in the midst of the noise and clamour of this world

In the silence we hold before God tomorrow and the opportunities it bears

silence

Lord, we pray that your Holy Spirit would guide us into the ways of righteousness
That you would give us strength for the journey

Lord, you know the shape of our lives at this time, you know the delights we enjoy and the pressures we endure.
Guide us and give us wisdom to know your will, strengthen our resolve to discern your call.

Lord, make yourself known to us in the daily pattern of our lives,
Help us to see the fruit borne out of small actions

Lord, help us to live faithfully amidst uncertainty,
Fortify us to be followers in your Way

Lord, help us to not live as autonomous units,
But as fellow travellers on a journey.

Lord, build up the community of which we are part,
And shape it around the cross of your Son Jesus Christ.

Lord, as we sleep tonight, may we rest in the knowledge of your relentless love
When we wake tomorrow, may we be prepared for all that lies ahead

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
 Amen


Loving God
Help us to sleep
Safe in the knowledge of your love
Guard our hearts and minds
That we might sleep peacefully
And wake ready to serve you and
the people we meet
Amen


Tuesday Morning Prayer

We gather to meet with God
Father, Son and Holy Spirit

To give God praise
And to seek God’s face

To bring before God all our days
And every part of our lives

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, draw near to us
As we draw near to you.
Amen


silence
 
Confession
As individuals and as a community we hold before God our regrets and our failings

We turn to Christ
We turn to Christ

I turn to Christ
I turn to Christ

We turn to Christ
We turn to Christ

Lord Jesus
Loving God
You have called us to be a people of justice
A people dedicated to righteousness
Help us to live lives that reflect your love
And your concern for all people
Guide our ways into your way
Open our hearts to those in need
That we might be bearers of your good news
In our words and through our actions.
Amen

A reading from the book of Psalms

silence

A reading from the Old Testament

silence

Intercessions
We pray for those who stand for the forgotten people of this world. We pray that God would raise up a generation of prophets and peacemakers who will not be silenced by fear and oppression. We pray for the courage to take our place in this difficult task.

silence

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen


Father, Son and Holy Spirit
You send us out into the world
Like sheep among wolves
Grant us the strength
To boldly step out in faith
And follow your call
Wherever you lead us
Amen



Tuesday Mid-day Prayer

We gather to meet with God
Father, Son and Holy Spirit

To be aware of your presence in our day
For you Lord are here now; your Spirit dwells within us

To bring you our worship
And offer you our praise

To be conscious that you walk beside us
And we do not make the journey alone

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, draw near to us
As we draw near to you
Amen

 
Silence
 
Confession
As individuals and as a community we hold before God our regrets and our failings

We turn to Christ
We turn to Christ

I turn to Christ
I turn to Christ

We turn to Christ
We turn to Christ

Lord Jesus,
Hope of the helpless,
Christ the compassionate companion
Soften our calcified hearts with the water of your Holy Spirit
and lift our eyes to see those you are
longing to bless today,
That we might be the ones to
choose our words kindly
and use our ears wisely
For your sake O Lord.
Amen  


Silence



A reading from a Gospel


Intercessions
For all those for whom life is a struggle every day.
For the weak, the poor, the needy, the bereaved. For those with physical or learning disabilities

Silence

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen

  
Silence

Father, Son and Holy Spirit
We offer our lives afresh to your service
Now, while it is still ‘day’ for us, and the light
reveals your will clearly.
Motivated always by your life’s perfect example
Shine through us, so we reflect your glory
Amen



Tuesday Evening Prayer

Heavenly Father,
rain down over us.

Lord Jesus,
rain down over us.

Spirit of God,
rain down over us.

Silence 

Loving Father,
for the things this day that have brought us joy,
We give you thanks.

Healing Lord,
for the things this day that have brought us sorrow,
Bring peace.

Spirit of life,
in the closing of this day,
Give us rest.

God of creation,
from whom all things exist and through whom we find life,
pour out your Spirit this evening and cause peace like a river to flow out over your creation.
May we see the day now gone to have been a day lived under your blessing, and as we rest ahead of the trials of tomorrow, wash away our fears.
Amen
  
A reading from the book of Psalms

 A reading from the New Testament


Silence

Lord Jesus,
as the cycle of day to night draws once more to a close, we pray that you be with all those who continue to suffer within that pattern.
Provide comfort to the hurting, rest to the weary, and relief to the sorrowful.
Amen
 
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen

 
All praise to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
and as this day comes to a close,
Lord, draw near.
Amen




Tuesday Night Prayer

The day draws to a close
And the sky grows dark
The sun fades behind the horizon
And the moon takes its place in the sky
So let us pray, to hold before God
The day that has passed and the night to come.

Gracious God
Quieten our hearts
As the busyness of the day now past
Passes into memory
Help us to unfurl ourselves before you
Laying down the burdens
And the baggage of the day
Amen

Confession
As individuals and as a community we hold before God our regrets and our failings

We turn to Christ
We turn to Christ

I turn to Christ
I turn to Christ

We turn to Christ
We turn to Christ

A reading from the book of Psalms

silence

A short reading from a Gospel

silence

Space For Reflection
In the silence we hold before God the day now passing into history and we give thanks

silence

Lord, for this day
We give you thanks

Lord, for the moments when we encountered grace and beauty
We give you thanks

Lord, for conversations that have made an impact on our lives
We give you thanks

Lord, for the times when we have seen you at work
We give you thanks

In the silence we hold before God the hurts of the past day

silence

Lord, we remember the times when we have not shown love through our thoughts, words and actions
We seek forgiveness

Lord, we remember the times when we have been hurt by the words and actions of others
Help us to forgive

Lord, we remember the times when we have been distracted from seeking after you
Lord, make yourself known to us, help us to see you in the midst of the noise and clamour of this world

In the silence we hold before God tomorrow and the opportunities it bears

silence

Lord, we pray that your Holy Spirit would guide us into the ways of righteousness
That you would give us strength for the journey

Lord, you know the shape of our lives at this time, you know the delights we enjoy and the pressures we endure.
Guide us and give us wisdom to know your will, strengthen our resolve to discern your call.

Lord, make yourself known to us in the daily pattern of our lives,
Help us to see the fruit borne out of small actions

Lord, help us to live faithfully amidst uncertainty,
Fortify us to be followers in your Way

Lord, help us to not live as autonomous units,
But as fellow travellers on a journey.

Lord, build up the community of which we are part,
And shape it around the cross of your Son Jesus Christ.

Lord, as we sleep tonight, may we rest in the knowledge of your relentless love
When we wake tomorrow, may we be prepared for all that lies ahead

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen


Gracious God
Grant us rest
That we might sleep in peace
Ready to face the new opportunities
Awaiting us when we wake
Amen

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