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?)