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An Order for Midday Praise & Prayer (Sext)


This service is for use by groups in the middle of the day, possibly before a noon meal or following a morning meeting.

The congregation may be invited to stand for the entire service. The service is most effective when sunlight is visible.


Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.         (ISAIAH 40:30–31)


A hymn for the midday may be sung. Suggested from UMH:

62 All Creatures of Our God and King 102 Now Thank We All Our God
154 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name 119 O God in Heaven
155 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name 480 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
451 Be Thou My Vision 454 Open My Eyes, That I May See
527 Do, Lord, Remember Me 96 Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above
404 Every Time I Feel the Spirit 492 Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire
465 Holy Spirit, Truth Divine 116 The God of Abraham Praise
397 I Need Thee Every Hour 601 Thy Word Is a Lamp
521 I Want Jesus to Walk with Me 67 We, Thy People, Praise Thee
494 Kum Ba Yah 526 What a Friend We Have in Jesus
402 Lord, I Want to Be a Christian


A brief ex tempore prayer or collect may be offered. See The Book of Common Prayer (The Episcopal Church, 1979) p. 107 for several examples.


A scripture song or hymn may be sung. Suggested from UMH:


834 Psalm 113 847 Psalm 126
844 Psalm 121 74 Canticle of Thanksgiving
845 Psalm 122 91 Canticle of Praise to God
846 Psalm 124



 The following or other of litany of intercession (see another litany) may be prayed, during which any person may offer a brief prayer of intercession or petition.
After each prayer, the leader may conclude: Lord, in your mercy, and all may respond:  Hear our prayer.

Or the leader may intone: Let Us Pray to the Lord (UMH 485), and all respond singing:  Lord, have mercy.

Together, let us pray
for the people of this congregation…
for those who suffer and those in trouble…
for the concerns of this local community…
for the world, its peoples, and its leaders…
for the Church universal—its leaders, its members, and its mission…
in communion with the saints….

Following these prayers, all may sing a response. Suggested from UMH:


490 Hear Us, O God 491 Remember Me
488 Jesus, Remember Me 487 This Is Our Prayer
485 Let Us Pray to the Lord

See also from The United Methodist Book of Worship:


God Hears Our Every Need (Hymn 183) Tino tenda Jesu (Hymn 203)
Jesus, We Are Here (Hymn 187) Señor Apiádate de Nostros (Hymn 188)
Teach Me to Hear in Silence (Hymn 194) O Lamb of God (Hymn 201)

THE LORD’S PRAYER * Sung or spoken. See UMH 270–71, 894–96.


The God of peace be with us.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

THE PEACE * Signs of peace may be exchanged.

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