Daily Prayer At Saint Laika’s

* William Temple *


O God of love, give us love: love in our thinking, love in our speaking, love in our doing and love in the hidden places of our souls; love of our neighbours near and far; love of our friends, old and new; love of those with whom we find it hard to bear and love of those who find it hard to bear with us; love of those with whom we work and love of those with whom we take our ease; love in joy, love in sorrow; love in life and love in death; that so at length we may be worthy to dwell with you who are eternal love. Amen.


Your loving-kindness, O Lord,
endures for ever.

I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
with my whole heart;
before the gods will I sing praise to you.
I will bow down towards your holy temple
and praise your name,
because of your love and faithfulness;
for you have glorified your name
and your word above all things.

In the day that I called to you,
you answered me;
you put new strength in my soul.

All the kings of the earth
shall praise you, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
that great is the glory of the Lord.

Though the Lord be high,
he watches over the lowly;
as for the proud,
he regards them from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you will preserve me;
you will stretch forth your hand
against the fury of my enemies;
your right hand will save me.

The Lord shall make good
his purpose for me;
your loving-kindness, O Lord,
endures for ever;
forsake not the work of your hands.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Your loving-kindness, O Lord,
endures for ever.

Lord our God, supreme over all things, look upon the humble and lowly and put new strength into our souls to complete your purpose for us in Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

MEDITATION by Tim Madsen

William Temple:
seeing the sacred in everyone

Today Saint Laika’s remembers William Temple, archbishop of Canterbury during World War II,, who was baptised on this day in 1881 by his father, then bishop of Exeter.

When William was fifteen, his father became the archbishop of Canterbury.

Growing up at the heart of the Church of England, William’s love for it was deep and lifelong. Endowed with a brilliant mind, Temple was enthusiastic about music, drama, and literature. He was a well-regarded theologian who believed that theological ideas were often explored most effectively by writers who were not explicitly writing theology.

Though he never experienced poverty of any kind, he developed a passion for social justice which shaped his words and his actions. He owed this passion to a profound belief in the Incarnation. He wrote that in Jesus Christ God took flesh and dwelt among us, and as a consequence “the personality of every man and woman is sacred.”

He was ordained in 1910. In 1917, he devoted his energies to the “Life and Liberty” movement for reform within the Church of England. Two years later an act of Parliament led to the setting up of the Church Assembly, which for the first time gave the laity a voice in church matters. In 1921 he was made bishop of Manchester, a heavily industrial city. In 1926 he used his skills at mediation to bring about an end to the General Strike, a protest against the then social and economic policies of the country.

Temple became archbishop of Canterbury in 1942, when a German invasion seemed likely. He worked for the relief of Jewish refugees from Nazism, and publicly supported a negotiated peace, as opposed to the unconditional surrender that the Allied leaders were demanding.

His wartime radio addresses and newspaper articles gained him a wide following. However, the scope of his responsibilities and the pace he set himself took their toll. On the twenty=sixth of October, 1944, he died.

Scripture. Saint Paul, in the third chapter of "Ephesians," verses fourteen to seventeen, says:

"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love."


We pray...

... for peace in the world.

... that we may always retain a passion for social justice within our communities and in the whole world.

... for those killed or injured when a gunman opened fire during a service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, yesterday.

... that all the people of the world, especially the leaders of the nations, may come together to reduce the pollution that is causing climate change and making a ruin of our planet.

... for an end to tax havens and a fair distribution of the wealth of the world between all its peoples.

... for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing.

... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.

... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.

... for ourselves.


Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.


From "Readings in Saint John’s Gospel" by William Temple:

Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by his holiness, nourishment of mind by his truth, purifying of imagination by his beauty, opening of the heart to his love and submission of will to his purpose. And all this gathered up in adoration is the greatest of human expressions of which we are capable.


O God of light and love, who illumined your Church through the witness of your servant William Temple: inspire us, we pray, by his teaching and example, that we may rejoice with courage, confidence and faith in the Word made flesh and may be led to establish that city which has justice for its foundation and love for its law; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


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