Lord I am not proud holding my head to high, reaching beyond my grasp. No, I am calm and at rest like a weaned child resting in its mother’s arms: My whole being is at rest.
Prayer of the Bible
You are clothed with honor and majesty, wrapped in light as with a garment. You stretch out the heavens like a tent, you set the beams of your chambers on the waters, you make the clouds your chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind, you make the winds your messengers, fire and flame your ministers. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
O God, we belong to You utterly. You are such a Father that You take our sins from us and throw them behind Your back. You clean our souls as Your Son also washed the disciples’ feet. We hold up our hearts to You: make them what they must be.
-George MacDonald (1824-1905)
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone -I Timothy 2:1
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
To Him who loves us and freed us form our sins by His blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father. To Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen
(Go now, sent out by the Father into the world
to love and serve in the name of Jesus
and empowered by the Holy Spirit)
photo 1 taken in: Taize, France
photo 2 taken in: Thale, Germany