A Guide For The Prayer Services At The Trinity Mission

Greetings in the Name of the Lord.

We’re glad you’re here and we hope that if you decide to participate in our Daily Office / Prayer services that it will help form you more and more in the image of Christ.

Service Times
Each day, a new service is posted. Morning Prayer is available each day beginning at 4am local (to you) time and Evening Prayer is available beginning at 4pm local time. The recorded service is usually between 15-20 minutes long depending on the length of the readings.

Additional Information
Some of you, especially if you’re not from a liturgical background, may have many questions. We hope that we’ve given you enough information below to help you get started. If not, feel free to contact us.

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The purpose of liturgical prayer

The main purpose of the form of prayer found here at the Trinity Mission is to immerse us in the Scriptures. We firmly believe that sitting quietly alone and praying your heart to God is something that all Christians should do, and of course you don’t need pre-formed words to do that.

The goal of liturgical prayer, however, is not only praying itself but learning to pray. The way we pray has a formative impact on how and what we believe about God. For this reason, the Daily Office gives us the very pure word of God or that which is evidently grounded upon the same so that we may pray the Scriptures back to God, thus relating to Him within the boundaries of how He has revealed Himself.

The use of the Scriptures in a way of prayer is a practice that God has used to form the hearts and minds of his people throughout the ages, beginning with the Hebrews, continuing with the Apostles, and throughout the centuries of the Church.

Where do the readings come from?

Our daily lessons come from the Trinity Mission Daily Office lectionary. It is a resource that we created and you can read more about it HERE.

Currently, we are also working on a Psalter for use in the home (ideally around the family dinner table (more here).

Which translation of the Bible do you use?

We’re not super particular about any one translation. You can find just about every translation being used by someone who is involved with the Mission.

That said, we generally use the ESV for our services for one big reason… it’s the only version which we can legally and (very) simply embed the text in our site.

The environment of your prayer time

Of course, each person will find what sort of environment is the most conducive for them to be able to engage fully in morning prayer. Here are some thoughts you may want to consider:

  • Find a quiet place void of visual and auditory distractions
  • Perhaps a darkened room with a dim side lamp or a candle or two
  • Consider a secluded place where you will feel comfortable praying aloud along with the service
  • Perhaps sit with your spouse/family and join in together

What if I can’t do all that?

Sure. It would be ideal to have a quiet space and time to join us each day. But let’s face it, that may not always be possible. Perhaps you might consider:

  • Commuting to/from work
  • As you get ready for work/bed
  • While making breakfast/dinner
  • While washing dishes
  • Going for a walk or run

Am I supposed to respond out loud?

Sure, that’s the idea. Not everyone will feel comfortable doing so. And of course, not everyone will be able to do so. But yes, the idea is that we all are carrying out our role in the service and the thing about a liturgical service is that everyone has a role and every role is important.

What if I need more time in silence?

Easy. Just pause the recording and start back again when you’re ready.

Do I really need to listen to the recording?

Of course not. The recording is helpful for most people to keep us focussed. Also for many who are home-bound, it is a meaningful, authentic connection to the life of the Church. But if you’d rather pray through the service on your own. By all means, go ahead.

Why is it always basically the same?

Certainly there are great things achieved by freshly created services each day. But the goal of this type of service is formation – formation by immersion in the thoughts, ideals, values and words of the scriptures. That just cannot be achieved if you are constantly trying to figure out what you might be having to say next or if every day you have to determine anew whether or not prayers are theologically sound.

One of the goals of this type of prayer service is that you need the written liturgy (or in our case, the computer screen) less and less, until eventually you can just show up to prayer with a Bible and a thirsty soul.

Give it three weeks… or a lifetime

The less familiar you are with this sort of prayer time, the longer it may take for it to “feel comfortable.” At first, you’ll feel like you have to have your eyes glued to the screen for the whole service. At first, you’ll feel like you’re “just reading” and not truly praying from the heart.

Sadly, many of us did not grow up being taught to pray or perhaps we did not even grow up in a believing household. Prayer of course, is a discipline. And this kind of service is just like jogging. For the first bit you might ask “why in the world would anybody get up 20 minutes early to do this.”

That’s why we want to challenge you to commit to three full weeks. 21 days in a row. Commit to it as a true discipline and see if the Lord does not respond abundantly.