Evangelical & Bible Only Services
The services in this section represent an adaptation of classical Western liturgical patterns to conform to the sensibilities of evangelical, "Bible Only" Christians, and even evangelicals who prefer a "high" liturgy.
The Evangelical morning and evening prayers roughly follow the overall shape of services like the Book of Common Prayer, but with a focus on using Biblical passages rather than using an abundance of traditional prayers from extra-biblical sources. So although the evangelical liturgies are not afraid of a non-repetitive Gloria and the use of classical creeds, the focus is on using Scripture itself as prayer.
The Bible only services follow the same pattern, but without even the Gloria or the creeds. They are, as stated, Bible-only.
Finally, the "high" Evangelical services are like the standard Evangelical prayers, but which include more "higher" liturgical elements and which take account of the classic Western church calendar. These might better suit some Methodists or Presbyterians who do not affirm the Regulative Principle.
Standard Evangelical Services
- Current Bible-Only Morning & Evening Prayers.
- Current Bible-Only Morning & Evening Prayers (shorter service).
- Just the current Bible Readings with simple guides to add your own prayers.
High Evangelical Services
- Current High Evangelical Morning & Evening Prayers (Morning and Evening prayer with more "high liturgical" additions, including the collect of the day based on the classic Western church calendar).
- Current High Evangelical Hours (Six times a day).
To navigate the site, please click on the links on the left (if you're on a regular computer) or click on the ☰ symbol on the top right (if you're on a mobile device). Please note that the navigation links change for each section and for each service. This allows you to pick a different service or even a service for a different day. For example, after clicking on the Current Evangelical Prayers , you'll notice that the links have changed, allowing you to refresh the service with your current time, see the morning or evening service (if you missed one), or even select another date and time (if you missed a day).
Morning & Evening Prayer Features
In general the liturgies have the following pattern:
- A Morning and Evening service that automatically updates based on the time of day.
- Opening prayers where we come before a Thrice-Holy God.
- A confession of sins followed by the assurance of the Gospel.
- Psalm (Psalter) readings with or without New Testament antiphons where the entire Psalter is read through once a month.
- Two readings from Scripture from both morning and evening prayers which cover the entire Old Testament in a year and the entire New Testament twice a year.
- An Old Testament Canticle (a Biblical song outside the Psalms).
- A Biblical profession of faith with or without the ancient creeds followed by the Lord's Prayer.
- Intercessory prayers and thanksgivings.
- Closing Prayers.
We also provide an abbreviated service with the same pattern and even a simple bare-bones service with just the Psalter and Morning and Evening Bible readings of the day for those who just want the readings.
About the Evangelical Hours
In addition to the morning and evening liturgies, we also provide an evangelical version of the "seven classical western hours". The principal feature of these services is that the go through the entire Psalter once a week by spreading out the services throughout the day. Although the classical western services were originally prayed at times which are completely impractical to modern Christians (saying matins at midnight) modern versions of these hours typically now run the three morning services (matins, lauds, and prime) together into one bigger morning service. We follow this pattern here while incorporating the Biblical prayers and readings. As such, you can pray the current hourly liturgy on the following schedule by simply visiting the "Current Hourly Service".
Morning Prayer : Matins, Lauds, & Prime (Midnight to 9am).
Brunch Prayer : (called the Third Hour in the Bible): Terce (9am till noon).
Noon Prayer : (called the Sixth Hour in the Bible): Sext (noon till 3pm).
Afternoon Prayer : (called the Ninth Hour in the Bible): None (3pm till 6pm).
Evening Prayer : Vespers (6pm till 10pm).
Night Prayers : Compline (10pm till Midnight).
Although it takes discipline to set aside time for six different formal prayers (even if many of them can be prayed in just a few minutes), there is not only a Biblical precedent in prayer at these times, but also a great reward to be able to set aside some time throughout the day to fall down before our King and God in prayer. If Muslims can pray five times a day, surely Christians could handle six if they were compelled to.