Tuesday and Thursday services of Midday Prayer
are an opportunity to gather as a community for meaningful worship in the midst of the day’s work, and for those leading to become familiar and comfortable with this form of leadership. These services are based on the liturgical tradition of Daily Prayer. These services are not intended to be simply an abbreviated version of a Sunday worship service. Sunday worship is rooted in the traditions of Word and Table –preaching and sacrament (Eucharist), while Daily Prayer is rooted in the contemplative traditions of the Daily Office, emphasizing prayer,psalmody, readings and silence. Emmanuel’s Christian services of Midday Prayer are intended to be simple, brief services (of no more than 15 minutes) for prayer, music, scripture and reflection. It is important to incorporate moments of silence into the service. While these services are intended to offer participants a time of pause for reflection and prayer, connection and worship, they are also an opportunity for those so interested to exercise creativity and employ approaches which may be new or different in a safe environment.