All prayer is common prayer, whether we know it or not. We never worship alone, but always in community. That much we know from the very first words of the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father”. But many psalms (e.g. 95, 148, 149, 150) indicate that in worship, we take part in, and make conscious, known and willed, the worship that all creation owes its Creator. This is the theme of also of the ancient canticle called (after its opening words in Latin) the Te Deum Laudamus (Prayer Book, pp 9-10). It begins by locating our worship in the praise of God as Creator, “the Father everlasting”, by all the powers of creation, the servants of the divine government, the angels who never cease to cry “Holy, Holy, Holy”, and to testify that “heaven and earth are full of thy glory”. Second, it locates our worship of God in the praise offered by the communion of saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs, and the “holy church throughout all the world”, to whom God has revealed himself in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. We never worship alone, but in fellowship with all Christians throughout time and space. Third, as members of his body we turn our praise to Christ, the “everlasting Son of the Father”, incarnate for our salvation, victorious over death, exalted, and coming in judgment. As we consider the work of God in creation, and of Christ in redemption, we are drawn out of isolation into a community of worship that embraces all, and in that universal community of worship our praise naturally turns into prayer for those whom he has redeemed “with thy precious blood”, that they may be “numbered with his saints”.