Pauline Office

The Pauline order of service uses texts almost exclusively drawn from Paul’s NT letters. These phrases and passages are edited to be used as prayers.

What was written in the Scriptures long ago was for our learning; to give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for the fulfilment of God’s promises.
              Psalm[s] and reading[s].
We have heard the Holy Scriptures, They are able to make us wise for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus.
              Reflection (together with others where possible), silently and/or aloud. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
so that the servant of God may be equipped for every good work

              After the readings and reflection, a canticle may be said.

A Song of the Cosmic Christ
Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation.
For in Christ all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead,
so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
and through him to reconcile to himself all things,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

                            [From Colossians 1:16ff]

Hallowed be your name Father Through the Son in the Holy Spirit,
As in the beginning so now and forever. Amen.

We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves to fear
We received the Spirit of adoption.
Your Spirit testifies with ours that we are your children:
By your Spirit we cry “Abba! Father”
Praise be to you, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of compassion and God of all comfort.
We give thanks to you at all times and for everything
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
              …
Nothing in all creation, will be able to separate us from your love, O God, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Blessed are you God
Hallowed be your name.
Help us and all your church to bear with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,
we pray for all humility and gentleness, with patience.
              ….
We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.
We pray that when your witnesses throughout the world speak, a message may be given to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel
              …
We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.
We remember those in hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword.
              …
We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.
We eagerly anticipate that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We pray for the whole creation, groaning in labour pains until now;
              …
We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.
              other concerns may be voiced or silently prayed …
We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.

You supply seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply our seed for sowing and increase the harvest of our righteousness.
              …
We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.

just as the Lord has forgiven us, so we also must forgive.
              …
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Thanks be to God

Strengthen our hearts in holiness that we may be blameless before you Father God at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
              …
Now to you who by the power at work within us are able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to you be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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