Join us for morning prayer & devotions online

I am always saying how I appreciate my congregation, St. Athanasius Lutheran Church, and our pastor, Rev. James Douthwaite.  I would like to invite you to join us online for our daily morning prayer and devotion.

It starts at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time (I know, that’s really early on the west coast) and lasts for 20-25 minutes.

What we do is begin with the opening of Matins, then we do the readings from the Treasury of Daily Prayer (a Psalm, Old Testament, New Testament, a  classic spiritual writing, a hymn verse, a collect), followed by prayer (including for prayer requests).  (If you don’t have a Treasury, you can follow along in your Bible.  A list of readings is given for every day.)

Go here: Daily Morning Prayer on the Web.  You’ll need to download a bit of free software the first time you come, but you can do that ahead of time.

I think it’s kind of cool that the online technology allows me to invite you to participate in an activity of our church.  I am not advocating “online church,” as if clicking on an online site is the same as actually meeting together, as the Bible calls for.  This is just morning devotion and prayer, not a worship service.  But I think you might find it helpful, edifying, and meaningful.

This might be something your own congregation could do.  (Are there other ways that your congregations are “reaching out” by using the web?)

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • SKPeterson

    I may try this, thanks for the link! I use the Daily Prayer for Morning and use Portals for my devotional readings and cues to daily Bible readings.

  • SKPeterson

    I may try this, thanks for the link! I use the Daily Prayer for Morning and use Portals for my devotional readings and cues to daily Bible readings.

  • Susan

    Many thanks, Dr. Veith. This is the coolest resource for people like myself who are shut-ins and can’t attend in person. I will look forward to being able to “attend” daily worship with you.

  • Susan

    Many thanks, Dr. Veith. This is the coolest resource for people like myself who are shut-ins and can’t attend in person. I will look forward to being able to “attend” daily worship with you.

  • http://parentaloffice.com Joshua McNary

    This is a great use of technology to help enrich us sinners with the Word in addition to our traditional worship. Great idea. We have just started publishing audio of our Sunday readings & sermon on our Church’s website (http://www.zionhiawatha.org/media/word-sermon-weekly-podcast/), but this takes it even one step further. I’m logged in right now. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://parentaloffice.com Joshua McNary

    This is a great use of technology to help enrich us sinners with the Word in addition to our traditional worship. Great idea. We have just started publishing audio of our Sunday readings & sermon on our Church’s website (http://www.zionhiawatha.org/media/word-sermon-weekly-podcast/), but this takes it even one step further. I’m logged in right now. Thanks for sharing.

  • –helen

    We have a church web site which publishes text and audio of the Sunday sermons. Adding the readings might be a good idea; I’ve sometimes wanted them handy (although my Bible is available).

    Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Kilgore, TX, is experimenting with web site publication of an adult Bible study. Audio and any handouts the Pastor supplies will be posted. Right now, it’s out there, (what do the geeks say… “in beta release”?) but it will be improved a bit. :)

  • –helen

    We have a church web site which publishes text and audio of the Sunday sermons. Adding the readings might be a good idea; I’ve sometimes wanted them handy (although my Bible is available).

    Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Kilgore, TX, is experimenting with web site publication of an adult Bible study. Audio and any handouts the Pastor supplies will be posted. Right now, it’s out there, (what do the geeks say… “in beta release”?) but it will be improved a bit. :)

  • –helen

    I have TDP and would like to share Matins. I’ll set the program up at home (and set my alarm, too). ;)

  • –helen

    I have TDP and would like to share Matins. I’ll set the program up at home (and set my alarm, too). ;)

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    I think this has potential for doing mid-week Bible studies. Our church is in a large metro area with people working all over the place and so it is hard to do a Bible study during the week if we want to include people who work.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    I think this has potential for doing mid-week Bible studies. Our church is in a large metro area with people working all over the place and so it is hard to do a Bible study during the week if we want to include people who work.

  • Kevin

    Dr. Veith–

    What a great idea; thanks for sharing.

    For those who don’t have a copy of Treasury of Daily Prayer (and even for those who do), I can heartily recommend the PrayNow app, which is available for both iOS (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/praynow/id375144431?mt=8) and Android, and which includes the Treasury of Daily Prayer readings that are the focus of your daily prayer meetings. I use it on both my iPhone and my iPad, and it’s a tremendously convenient and helpful resource.

    Kevin

  • Kevin

    Dr. Veith–

    What a great idea; thanks for sharing.

    For those who don’t have a copy of Treasury of Daily Prayer (and even for those who do), I can heartily recommend the PrayNow app, which is available for both iOS (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/praynow/id375144431?mt=8) and Android, and which includes the Treasury of Daily Prayer readings that are the focus of your daily prayer meetings. I use it on both my iPhone and my iPad, and it’s a tremendously convenient and helpful resource.

    Kevin

  • Joe

    Does the app tell you how to use the book, cause I have it and am confused by the 86 ribbons.

  • Joe

    Does the app tell you how to use the book, cause I have it and am confused by the 86 ribbons.

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  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Very cool idea.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    Very cool idea.

  • Eric Bendekovic

    Just downloaded an app called webex and it streams meetings live. It asked for a meeting number and I put in 335 179 462 the one listed on the website you pointed to. Does this number change because when I searched it nothing came up?

  • Eric Bendekovic

    Just downloaded an app called webex and it streams meetings live. It asked for a meeting number and I put in 335 179 462 the one listed on the website you pointed to. Does this number change because when I searched it nothing came up?

  • http://thesoberpeasant.blogspot.com/2009/11/what-was-that.html Rev. J. Douthwaite

    Eric,

    Please accept my apology for your trouble. I think the number did change because of something that I did over Christmas with our scheduling. I didn’t realize this would change and so didn’t change the number. I will update the web site later this morning, but also for your information the new meeting number is: 621 603 092.

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I hope you’ll be able to try to join us again, and that it will work this time!

    Pastor Douthwaite

  • http://thesoberpeasant.blogspot.com/2009/11/what-was-that.html Rev. J. Douthwaite

    Eric,

    Please accept my apology for your trouble. I think the number did change because of something that I did over Christmas with our scheduling. I didn’t realize this would change and so didn’t change the number. I will update the web site later this morning, but also for your information the new meeting number is: 621 603 092.

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I hope you’ll be able to try to join us again, and that it will work this time!

    Pastor Douthwaite


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