(Josh) This is Josh Thomas of dailyoffice.org. Every day for the last 10 years, we have offered Morning and Evening Prayer to a worldwide audience totaling 2.7 million people in 200 countries – to make it easy for them to say the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer. (graphic) 10 Years – 7,000 posts – twice a day on two websites – posted live, organized by a human being, not a machine, with (running examples) fine art, news photos, videos of the world’s great hymns, and Christian education for the disciples of Jesus.
(Maria) We do this as a community, because where two or three are gathered together, Christ is in our midst.
(Clint) In the past year we have added live daily webcasts of Morning Prayer Monday through Friday, and a meditative Video Evensong every Friday night. The Daily Office is the single best way we know for people to get closer to God.
(Josh) Every day we send out 4000 e-mails – by request – of our daily services. Over two thousand people follow us on Facebook (graphic) and hundreds more on Twitter (graphic).
(+Cate) We bring this to you from the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis…
(Clint) And from Houston, Texas.
(Katrina) From Orange County, California.
(Scotty) From Seattle, Washington.
(Yvonne) From New York City.
(Tom) From Jackson, Mississippi.
(Gwen) From the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
(Craig) From Ashland, Kentucky)
(Tom Allison) From Toronto, Ontario.
(Debbie) From Boise, Idaho.
(Steve) From Las Cruces, New Mexico.
(Alison) From Fremont, California/Portland, Oregon.
(Mickey, in Spanish) From the Diocese of El Camino Real, California.
(Francesca) From Austin, Texas, y’all.
(Jerry) From Regina, Saskatchewan.
(Martha) From Jamaica, Queens.
(Graeme) From Auckland, New Zealand.
(Gwen) It’s our way of living up to our Baptismal Covenant, in which we promised “to continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers; and to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.” These are the first promises we made as Christians.
(Josh) Proclaiming the Good News by word and example is what we do here at dailyoffice.org. Most Christians hope they proclaim Jesus by example, but he’s easy to miss if we do not also proclaim him in words. At dailyoffice.org, we do this for you and with you, outside the walls of the church, where Christ needs to be heard. When you join with us, we help you live up to the covenant you made. By using the internet together, we can reach the entire world, in ways never before possible in human history. God invented the internet so we can talk to each other!
(Debbie) Now we are expanding our services by offering the Daily Office in Spanish…
(Graeme) … and new regional leadership in Asia and the Pacific…
(Clint) … by producing our own videos – and by meeting more people in person.
(Maria) Think of this: we get as many visitors per year as the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. And we do it for less than $20,000 a year, a tiny fraction of their budget.
(Josh) We raise our own money from members who find our service spiritually valuable. This coming year we’ll upgrade our technology – expand our webcasts – buy new cameras, a computer and programs – incorporate our Spanish language site, with a stipend for the priest – attend diocesan convention – visit parishes and describe our work, teaching others to use social media so they too can “proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ” to a larger audience.
(Letha) We invite you to try it out for yourself. We have members from every Christian tradition – Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Orthodox, Anglicans and Episcopalians – bishops, priests, deacons, reverends, monastics and laypeople. It even works for Baptist gals like me!
(Craig) – Gay people too?
(Letha) You better believe it, honey!
(Lani) Those 2.7 million visitors have found that praying twice a day, every day for 30 days, invariably brings them closer to God. We provide the framework – because every person who seeks God should know about this wonderful tool. Over time the Daily Office becomes a spiritual discipline, which helps us orient our lives to God. Morning and Evening Prayer help us sanctify the passage of time in our daily lives. In this hectic world, we all need to pause for a few minutes and point our hearts back to God. Dailyoffice.org enriches your prayer life. Best of all, it’s non-sectarian; anyone can use it – and truth be known, more people should.
(Yvonne) We ask you to pray for us, and with us – and link to us on your websites, blogs and social media. Help us spread the Word!
(Martha) To Liberia and West Africa.
(Francesca) To solitary monastics and Third Order Franciscans.
(Katrina) To the Daughters of the King.
(Tom Welch) The human soul longs most deeply for spiritual union with God. The Daily Office provides the Way to get there. All we have to do is “call home” on a regular basis. Turning to God twice a day becomes as important as what we actually say.
(Martha) We help you know what to say, in Psalms, Bible lessons and prayers, as a starting place for your own most intimate concerns and longings.
(Josh) Won’t you join us? Try the Daily Office every day for 30 days. See for yourself what being closer to God feels like. And if you already know the benefits as one of our followers, help us show the Way to more and more people who hunger and thirst for the living God. Thank you.
(All; edit in each one saying one phrase, ending with Gwen) And now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all time and now and for ever. Amen.++