19th August 2019

Today sees something of a relaunch for the Ordinary Office.

We’d like to introduce you to some new liturgies.

We have added an evening prayer and one we are calling Nocturne for those nights when sleep won’t come.

We have added a liturgy for those who for whatever reason are unable to attend a normal Sunday service in a physical church.

And finally we have added a liturgy for the times you feel unable to pray.

We hope you like them and they grow to be part of your routine.


 

Dave Lucas here, co-founder of Disability and Jesus.

On July 9th 2019 we celebrated the first birthday of the Ordinary Office.

I’m in my 60th year now and began saying a daily office in my late teens, so an office of one form or another has been part of my life for more years than I care to remember.

In times where God has seemed far away it has been my office that I have clung to, somehow keeping me connected when I otherwise felt far apart.

It has long been my dream that we could have a daily office that was more inclusive, less complex and that would be there for people who for whatever reason feel estranged from God and his church.

The Ordinary Office is our first small attempt at addressing as a need something that we believed to be an issue but until now there has been no data available to demonstrate just how great the demand for such a thing might be.
As we are approach our first birthday and are proud to tell you that the office is now being said well over 1200 times a day.

All this has been achieved with no budget and very limited publicity. Imagine what might be achieved with greater resources.

So here it is, you can follow in text and symbols or if you prefer you can watch the video or listen to the audio.

Although designed to be as accessible as we are able to make it for disabled people it is vital that this space does not simply become a ghetto for disabled people only.

It is important to us that disabled people who are unable or unwilling to access church in the normal way get to experience that feeling of being part of a wider church community so it is important that people of all abilities and backgrounds join in.

To that end, at the end of every session of the office we have added an AMEN button which logs your session to the total count so that we can give those a sense of feeling part of something bigger.

Which ever way you to choose to follow we hope that in some small way you find it a blessing.

Dave Lucas
August 2019

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Morning all, Dave here back in hospital saying morning prayer, if I don't get back on Twitter later please remember to sayb office during the day
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@giwizzi_ Go and give us the pleaseure and honour of retweeting your pictures from the occasion. Something to be very proud of.