Examen Prayers

WELCOME TO THE EXAMEN, A NEW LITURGY

A New Liturgy is a project from Aaron Niequist & friends designed to create a moveable, sonic sanctuary.  This Examen is a 25-minute journey of music, prayer, scripture, and space that helps open us to The Almighty in any location, season, community, or emotion.  Click the link below to start your journey.
THE EXAMEN
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HOW TO USE THE EXAMEN
To begin find a quiet place you can concentrate and listen to the track. Then click play and listen along as you are guided on a personal prayer journey.  
 
We will leave this prayer guide up for a few months. So if you want to use it after DNOW or want to share it with a friend you are welcome to.  You can also find more experiences at https://www.anewliturgy.com.

 
 
 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND EXAMENS
Below are additional recordings from "A New Liturgy.  Episode 6 was the Examen from above.  Feel free to use or share with others. You can also search on Youtube for even more.
 
 
 

10 MINUTE SIGNS OF THE CROSS MEDIATION
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9 MINUTE EXAMEN
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A NEW LITURGY 1 - GOD IS LOVE
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A NEW LITURGY 2 - BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING
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A NEW LITURGY 3 - LORD HAVE MERCY
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A NEW LITURGY 4 - CREATION
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A NEW LITURGY 5 - HERE ARE MY HANDS
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A NEW LITURGY 7 - LAMENT
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EXAMEN ORDER
Here are the Five Steps to the Examen
  • Relish the moments that went well and all of the gifts I have today.
  • Request the Spirit to lead me through my review of the day.
  • Review the day.
  • Repent of any mistakes or failures.
  • Resolve, in concrete ways, to live tomorrow well.

EXAMEN SONG LYRICS
Please Speak
Please speak, Your servant is listening
Please speak, Your servant is listening
Please speak, Your servant is listening
Your servant is listening O Hosanna
from 1 Samuel 3:7-11
 
Thank You
Thank You, Father, Thank You, Maker Hallelujah
Thank You, Jesus, Thank You, Savior Hallelujah
Thank You, Teacher, Holy Spirit Hallelujah
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created." (James 1:16-18 NIV)
 
THANKSGIVING
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages.
Amen.
 
HERE ARE MY HANDS | AARON NIEQUIST
here are my hands
they’re small, they’re small and
here are my hands
they’re small and trembling
here are my arms
they’re weak, they’re weak but
here are my arms
they’re weak but willing
here are my eyes
they burn with memories
here are my eyes
they’re teared and tired
here are my feet
they’re slow, they’re slow but
here are my feet
they’re stumbling to You now
and God, I know
there still is so much i just don’t know
but God, i believe
Your Kingdom can still be built in me
so here is my heart
here is my soul
take me in part
take me in whole, whole, whole
I want to be whole, whole, whole
here are my hands
they’re small, they’re small and
here are my hands
they’re small and trembling
here are my dreams
they’re me protected
here are my dreams
so please be gentle now
and God, I know
there still is so much i just don’t know
but God, i believe
Your Kingdom can still be built on me
so here is my heart
here is my soul
Your kingdom come
my kingdom go, go, go
I’m letting it go, go, go
I’m letting it go, go, go
I’m letting it go, go, go
 
PRAYER
Loving God, here are my hands.
What do you want me to create or build today?
Who do you want me to serve?  
What activities should I keep my hands away from?
May these small hands help build your kingdom.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23, 24 NIV)
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29 NIV)
Loving God, here is my voice.  
I commit to only speak words of life today. Words that build up and not tear down.  
Always speaking the truth, and always speaking it in Love.  
Please help me to be a voice for the voiceless today.
Please show me when to stay quiet.
O God, may my voice make this world more like You've made it to be.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14 NIV)
Loving God, here is my heart.
You know the deepest longings of my heart. I humbly hold them out before You.
 
FOR VOCATION IN DAILY WORK
Almighty God our heavenly Father, you declare your glory
and show forth your handiwork in the heavens and in the
earth: Deliver us in our various occupations from the service
of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in
truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of
him who came among us as one who serves, your Son Jesus
Christ our Lord...
and God, I know
there still is so much i just don’t know
and God, I believe
Your Kingdom can still be built on me
so here is my heart
here is my soul
Your kingdom come
my kingdom go, go, go
I’m letting it go, go, go
May Your Kingdom grow, grow, grow May Your Kingdom grow, grow, grow
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,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.
Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee,
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose,
Every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.
 
PART TWO.
ON THE WAY HOME FROM WORK.
Prayer of thanksgiving for the opportunity to work:
Almighty God, thank You for today. Thank You that I was able to work today - to earn a living, and through Your Spirit, to make the world a little more like You've made it to be. Thank You. The scriptures say...
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created." (James 1:16-18 NIV)
DOXOLOGY
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him all creatures here below
Praise God above Ye heavenly hosts
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Amen.
Holy Spirit, please guide me now as I pray.
First, please bring to mind a moment today where You really used me, where you spoke and I listened, where I was able to serve someone and be your hands and feet. God, where did I feel most alive and full of Your Spirit today?
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Amen.
Loving God, would You bring to mind a moment today where I fell short, where I sinned against You or someone else. Maybe it was something I did when no one was looking...something I said that was hurtful...something I thought...maybe I said something I said that was absolutely true but the energy powering it was ugly. Father, please bring my sin to my mind.
Lord God,
I have sinned against you;
I have done evil in your sight.
I am sorry and repent.
Have mercy on me according to your love.
Wash away my wrongdoing and cleanse me from my sin.
Renew a right spirit within me
and restore the joy of your salvation,
through Jesus Christ my Lord.
Amen.
 
NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD
What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
O precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
O precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
And finally, Gracious God, because I have been forgiven so much, would you bring to mind one person that I need to forgive today? Did someone say, do, or not do something that was hurtful to me today, and I need to forgive them? Or maybe it's a system or culture or rule that I deeply resent. Or a disappointment that follows me around. O God, who do I need to forgive today?
God, I forgive them. Help me to let it go. I release them, I let them off the hook by the power and grace of Your son, Jesus Christ.
I'm letting it go, go, go
and God, I know
there still is so much I just don’t know
and God, I believe
Your Kingdom can still be built on me
so here is my heart
here is my soul
Your kingdom come
my kingdom go, go, go
I’m letting it go, go, go
I’m letting it go, go, go
I’m letting it go, go, go
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,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.