A week or so after that, Mtr. ClayOla and I had not had a chance to get back to another session of prayer, but we had both been thinking about it. In the middle of a conversation, she said to me… “You know, I was thinking that we might consider inviting everyone to join us for Morning Prayer.” My eyes light up and I got a huge smile on my face. “What’s that for”, she said. I replied with “Because ever since Sydney just happened to show up the other day, I have been thinking the same thing.” And thus, the Morning Prayer Services were born.
When we first decided to do these services, it was a tickle in the back of my brain that I was
going to have to lead them at least two days a week when Mtr. ClayOla was out of the office for meetings or it was her regularly scheduled day off. This fact really didn’t hit home for me until the week before the services were to start. It just so happened the very first service fell on a day when Mtr. ClayOla had an out of the office meeting. Yikes! The gathered group got through it together with love, understanding (them understanding my newness at leading a services such as this), laughter, and more than anything else a deep and abiding trust in God. God see’s us through all things, big and small.
The process of developing the services was simple, the services themselves are simple, but the complexity of God’s love for us is NOT simple and that is the message that I walk away with every morning as we complete the service. There have been days when driving in, I just KNEW that I didn’t want to go to Morning Prayer. I wanted to go up to the office and get to work on the things that needed to be done. However, those are the days when I have most deeply felt the blessing, presence, and love of God and I am grateful that I stayed for the service. I can’t speak for anyone else who has attended (we regularly have 3-8 people), but I would wager they come away with similar feelings.
I encourage each of you to come to Morning Prayer. We gather Monday – Thursday from 9:00 to 9:30 am (or so). You would be surprised at what a difference it makes to your day, to start it with this beautiful and elegant traditional prayer from the Book of Common Prayer and the profound presence of God.