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Book of Common Prayer
Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families are devotions that can be performed at home, work, vacation, etc. They are designed to be lay-led so there is no need to find a priest. They may be done by yourself or with others, and they provide a great discipline to maintain our focus on God between our corporate worship services.

 

The Devotions cover four times of day - Morning, Noon, Evening, and End of Day. They can be found in the Book of Common Prayer on pages 136-140. We have also posted them here .

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Advent Candle Litany

Every year at Advent we begin a time of waiting, a time of anticipating.  We await the birth of our saviour.  During Advent we have the opportunity to reflect on the past year, to connect with that still, small voice inside us, and consider what it means to us to experience the birth of Christ.  Often, we do this through the ritual of the advent wreath.  New Life is no different.  We preface each Sunday service during this season with the Advent Candle Litany.  Because so many people have asked for a copy of this litany, we have added it to the website.  Please continue reading for the litany, or you can download a printable copy here:

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Centering Prayer

An Ancient Christian Art Form

 

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Centering prayer is a contemporary name given to an ancient practice of meditation within the Christian tradition. In Centering Prayer one moves beyond words and images to a form of interior prayer beyond thoughts (however noble or pious) and the senses.

 

Centering Prayer is not a trick to reduce stress or reach some other self-help goal. The purpose is rather to open yourself up to the presence of the God who is both within you and who transcends you. The one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who seeks to draw you in to the very communion of the Trinity awaits inside the chambers of your heart. This form of prayer offers Christians an opportunity to follow Saint Paul’s counsel “to pray without ceasing.”

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer with roots deep within the Christian faith. Though it may seem similar to transcendental meditation or Buddhist meditation, the goal is time spent with our creator and so is animated by a very different desire and uses different techniques from meditation.

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Anglican Prayer Beads (Rosary)

 

Anglican Prayer Beads
Since the earliest of times, people have used pebbles or a string of knots or beads on a cord to keep track of prayers offered to God. Virtually every major religious tradition in the world uses some form of prayer beads.

 

Anglican Prayer Beads are a relatively new form of prayer, blending the Orthodox Jesus Prayer Rope and the Roman Catholic Rosary. The thirty-three bead design was created by the Rev. Lynn Bauman in the mid-1980s, through the prayerful exploration and discovery of a contemplative prayer group.

The use of the rosary or prayer beads helps to bring us into contemplative or meditative prayer-really thinking about and being mindful of praying, of being in the presence of God-by use of mind, body, and spirit. The touching of the fingers on each successive bead is an aid in keeping our mind from wandering, and the rhythm of the prayers leads us more readily into stillness.

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Revised Common Lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer
At New Life we use the Revised Common Lectionary for our Sunday lessons.

 

Vanderbilt Divinity School provides a great resource for finding this weeks scheduled lesson, as well as the lessons to read for any week of the three year church cycle.

To find any of the lessons in the RCL, please click here. This link will open the lectionary inside this page, but with its own set of scrollbars. If you prefer the lectionary in its own window, click here.

 
Daily Office

Worship should not be confined to merely Sunday and/or Wednesday.  In fact, there are morning and evening prayer liturgies available for every day!  Since we don't have the resources to provide those services, here is a link to Mission St. Clare, where you can follow the services. 

Click here for the Daily Office.

 
Prayer Cycles

We are called to hold each other in our hearts as we pray.  To help us do that, there are Prayer Cycles, which list specific people to pray for.

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer asks us to hold in our prayres the people of the 38 provinces which make up the Anglican Communion.   This cycle lists people on a daily basis, and can be found here: Anglican Cycle of Prayer.

 In the Diocese of Ohio, we are asked to hold the parishes and clergy of the diocese in our prayers on a weekly basis.  That list can be found here:  Diocese of Ohio Cycle of Prayer.

 
Resources

Here are some other resources that can help you on your journey of faith.

 

Bible Translations

Biblegateway.com
Crosswalk.com
Blue Letter Bible

 

Devotionals

Forward Day by Day
Upper Room

 

 


Prayer Requests

If you have the name of someone who needs to be added to our prayer list (either the prayer chain, or in the bulletin) please submit that information to Senior Warden Karen Quinlan, or to Toni Miller.

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Rev. Elizabeth Frank, Priest-in-Charge
Rev. Josh Butler, Deacon