The backbone of our liturgical life as Episcopalians has always been the Daily Office. It’s roots go back to the practice of private prayer throughout the day in Judaism. By the 4th Century, Christian monasteries had developed a practice of daily prayers that included even more offices than its Jewish predecessor, and Christian Cathedrals had begun offering multiple daily prayer offices for the general public to participate in. After the Anglican Reformation, Thomas Cranmer included the offices of Morning and Evening Prayer in his first Book of Common Prayer. Additionally, our modern Prayer Book includes Noonday Prayer, An Order of Worship for Evening, Compline, and Daily Devotionals for Individuals and Families.
So how does one utilize the Daily Office? So glad you asked! Below are some tips and other handy information for incorporating the Daily Office into your faith life.
Don’t worry about doing the offices “right.” In our Book of Common Prayer the rubrics (italicized instructions) will guide you through the parts of the service, but it’s okay to add or take away elements as feels meaningful to you. For Morning and Evening Prayer, there is an option for Rite I (more traditional language) and Rite II (more modern language). Remember, the Daily Office is a practice: the more you do it, the more it does its work on you. Ideally, the Daily Office is meant to be just that: daily. For some, this means reading multiple offices each day, while others might feel better doing only one, short office a day - there’s room for all of the above!
If sifting through a Prayer Book and then looking up passages in your Bible is not for you, Forward Movement has you covered. Head to their website for updated daily readings. To make your Daily Office practice even more streamlined, check out the phone app from Mission of St. Clare.
Please let me know if you’d like to sit down and talk or enjoy a coffee, at a social distance of course, or feel free to call meat 785-670-0158, or email me at email@example.com.My office hours are Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm. … Fr. Tom
Jesus told the people, "You are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life."
Jesus invites his followers to determine what is really important in life, and to seek after that. We today have so many distractions, so many opportunities to miss what God is calling us to be and do. Let's make a renewed effort to seek that which endures for eternal life.
Sunday, August 1 - Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
First Sunday:Rector's Discretionary Fund Sunday.
10:00 am: Sunday Worship Service
... In Person worship and on Facebook Live
... During our service, we will remember Joyce Henricken.
11:15 am: Coffee and refreshments
Wednesday, August 4
12:00 pm: Noon Day Prayer - on Facebook LIVE
Sunday, August 8 - Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
10:00 am: Sunday Worship Service withDaughters of the King Installation.
Links for the ZOOM events are available on the website, under EVENTS.
Olathe Schools Start August 14, 2021
Look for current BackSnack info in the coming month.
St. Aidan’s is in our second decade of working with five Olathe Elementary Schools in this important ministry.
...See St. Aidan's Facebook and Web page for more information about BackSnacks.
Pastoral Concerns and Prayer Requests
In case of pastoral emergencies, please contact Fr. Tom Baker at
785-670-0158 (call or text)oremail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please email any prayer requests to Karon Wintrode, and she will post them on Unison. email@example.com.
The parish email system is accessible through our website – www.staidansolathe.org See Julie Wojtas (630 865-3931) for information or any questions.
Be sure to check Unison for all updated information regarding St. Aidan's.
Thanksgivings and Prayers
Thanksgivings – Birthdays & Anniversaries
We give thanks for the birthdays of Sherry Suddarth and Maggie Hutchinson.. We give thanks for the anniversary of James and Carolyn Sturgeon.
We give thanks for the people of St. Aidan’s and the privilege of serving each other, our church and our community throughout the year. We give thanks for the faithfulness and resilience of St. Aidan's parish as we all work together during this difficult time, finding new ways to stay connected in spite of the challenges.
Cycle of Prayer –
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of the Province of South East Asia.
In the World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer we pray for the people of the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
In the Kansas Cycle of Prayer,we pray for Grace, Ottawa.
For Our Parish Leadership –
We pray for our rector, Rev. Tom Baker and his wife, Cherie. We pray for the members of the Vestry: Senior Warden Jane Bush, Mark Sappenfield, Sarah Smith, Kathy Mencer, Bonnie Eckel, Clarice Ewing and Paul Reed; for the Vestry Clerk, Janet Seifert; for our Treasurer, Tim Tatlock; and for our delegates, Carolyn Sturgeon, and Sarah Smith.
For Our Troops, Veterans, and Law Enforcement –
Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women in the service and law enforcement at home and broad. Defend them with your grace; give them courage; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence; through Jesus Christ. Amen.
For the Departed–
Eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life: Give to your whole Church in paradise and on earth your light and your peace; and grant that all your faithful people may at the last enter into your unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Guidance and Grace
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.