A Simple and Silent Worship Service

Last night we hosted our small group over at our house. I was in charge of planning for the evening so I pieced together a worship/prayer/contemplative time that included bits and pieces of prayers from a Celtic prayer book I have, the Book of Common Prayer, Quaker queries and silence, and scripture reading.


Because I enjoy worship that does not have to include music and focuses on silence and contemplation I was excited to have a little down time for the evening.  Postmodern spirituality is often eclectic and pulls from many traditions and experiences in order to find richness and peace.  Believing that God’s Spirit has worked through all these traditions, prayers, queries and verses we are able to participate with the past and the present Spirit of God.

I decided to post the service up here for anyone to use, change and/or incorporate into their own community meeting or individual time.

Prayer Service for Small Group
1. Light Candles – Celtic Prayers

We light a light
In the name of the God who creates life,
In the name of the saviour who loves life
In the name of the spirit who is the fire of life

2.  BCP – 112 O Gracious Light

3. A time of silence and centering

Matthew 5:13 – Salt of the world
Queries – #3
Matthew 5:14-16 Light of the World

4. Group Prayers:
in the silence of our hearts or in the spoken words
let us give thanks for the gift of this day
and pray for the life of the world

5. Prayer for justice
Lover of the poor,
Defender of the needy
Sanctuary of the rejected
For those who suffer injustice today
For mean and women who cannot provide food for their families
And for whole communities who fear today and have no hope for tomorrow,
We offer the longings of our hearts in prayer
We seek for them, o God, the gifts that are dear to us
Food for the table
Drink for the soul
Shelter in the night
And open arms to welcome us

Matthew 5:13
Matthew 5:14-16

6.Closing (Celtic Prayers)
the blessings of heaven
the blessings of earth
the blessings of sea and of sky
on those we love this day
and on every human family
the gifts of heaven,
the gifts of earth,
the gifts of sea and of sky.

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...is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.

3 thoughts on “A Simple and Silent Worship Service”

  1. Sweet! I think it’s great both to use different practices and to fast from “traditional exercises” (such as *always* having to have music): it gives greater meaning, and it’s not such a crutch. Gets us out of that rut of worship without thought. Thanks for sharing!

  2. It takes dedication to learn to be silent and hear the voice of God above the clammer of our daily lives. I certainly find it eternally helpful to use the prayers that have been used for centuries to strengthen and sustain this bountiful “communion of the saints.” Death cannot affect this interaction. We are still one in the hope of Christ with those who have gone before.

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