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“Nothing will be impossible with God.” —Luke 1:37

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Company of Pastors daily readings

Company of Pastors daily readings include alternate Psalm readings for each day as well as daily readings from the Book of Confessions.  The alternate Psalm schedule includes all 150 Psalms over eight weeks.  Readings from the Book of Confessions follow a two-year schedule.  Both the alternate Psalms and the Confessions readings can be toggled off in the advanced settings menu.

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Get the Daily Prayer app

The Office of Theology and Worship has developed a smartphone app for daily prayer. The Daily Prayer app provides simple, yet rich devotional resources for morning, midday, evening, and close of day. Each service includes psalms and readings from the confessions. Other elements include opening and closing words, biblical canticles, a thanksgiving for light and a prayer of confession. An advanced features menu allows users to customize which elements appear.

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The PC(USA) Directory for Worship on Daily Prayer

In the worship of ancient Israel, "daily hours were set aside for sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving. Even after the loss of the Temple, morning, noon, and evening were established times for prayer. Jesus set aside regular times for prayer, and the believing community gathered daily for prayer in the Temple, in an upper room, and in their homes. New Testament writers exhorted the Church to pray without ceasing. Through the ages, the Church has maintained special hours for daily prayer, historically known as the daily office.

The Reformed tradition adapted the pattern of the daily office, to provide an occasion not only for prayer but also for the public reading and expounding of Scripture. Daily public worship is to be commended as a dimension of the life and witness of the church as it ministers in and to the community. Changing patterns of life have also led to the expression of daily prayer in family and personal devotion, which are encouraged as a part of the regular discipline of the Christian life." (W-1.3012)

Basic ingredients

There are three basic ingredients in each service: psalms, readings, and prayer. The services begin and end with sentences of Scripture and may include other elements such as hymns and biblical songs (canticles), confessional or devotional readings, and the thanksgiving for light (in evening prayer). If you are praying alone or if circumstances require a shorter service, you may wish to focus on the basic ingredients: a psalm, a Scripture reading, and a prayer.

Praying the psalms

The psalms are a school of prayer. They inspire and challenge us to expand our horizons of thanksgiving and praise, and to be honest and bold in seeking God’s help in times of trouble. You may wish to read or chant the psalms aloud, or meditate on them in silence; whatever you do, approach them as prayer.

The morning and evening psalms of the two-year Daily Lectionary are provided on the PC(USA) Devotions and Readings page. The Company of Pastors offers another schedule for praying the psalms, one that allows for the use of all 150 psalms in an eight-week period.

Scripture readings

In the words of Scripture we encounter the living Word of God—Jesus Christ, who speaks good news of grace. Through these words God imparts the gift of faith and instills the call to faithfulness.

Lectionaries offer a disciplined and organized way to read Scripture in concert with the larger church. Many find it useful to follow the two-year Daily Lectionary, which allows one to read through much of the Old Testament (once) and New Testament (twice) in a two-year period.

Thanksgiving and intercession

As we respond to the Word with thanksgiving and intercession, daily prayer shapes Christian life. We learn the habit of gratitude for God’s grace; we learn to seek and trust God’s saving power.

The Book of Common Worship—Daily Prayer provides simple prayers of thanksgiving and intercession for each day of the week. The daily framework of petitions offers a systematic and disciplined way to pray for the church, the world, the local community, and personal needs. Other joys and concerns, specific to the individual or congregation, should be added; or you may wish to use these prayers as a starting point or model for extemporaneous prayer.

Developing a practice

Remember that daily communion with God is meant to be a gift (not a chore), and that the habit of prayer is a lifelong practice (not a perfectionist pursuit). Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t come easily at first; trust that God has begun a good work in you.


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Comments

  • This is a great idea--the problem I have with it is that it keeps flipping from where I am, back to the Opening Sentences. Anybody else have this problem? by Cheri on 11/19/2012 at 9:17 a.m.

  • This is great, thank you! I would love a Windows 8/Windows Phone version. by Steve Aeschbacher on 11/18/2012 at 12:27 a.m.

  • Help. So far I only have an android phone in part because my son was a developer of the kernel used on the phone. So I'd like the app on the android phone too. Is that going to happen? Is the new e-hymnal only being done on an apple platform? by Alice Lundstrom on 11/06/2012 at 10:38 p.m.

  • Fantastic. Iphone, Ipad, I am never without this great resource. I will invite everyone in our congregation to get this. I already subscribe to Daily Lectionary, and this is a great resource that we help me in a disciplined-focused prayer life. Grace and peace. by Doris Glaspy on 11/01/2012 at 12:57 p.m.

  • Thank you for developing the Daily Prayer app. Is an app in the works for WIndows-based phones? Blessings, Joan by Joan Martin on 11/01/2012 at 10:19 a.m.

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