Spirit of the living God, be the Gardner of my soul. For so long I have been waiting silent and still—experiencing the winter of the soul. But now, in the strong name of Jesus Christ, I dare to ask: Clear away the dead growth of the past, break up the hard clods of custom and routine, stir in the rich compost of vision and challenge, bury deep in my soul the implanted Word, cultivate and water and tend my heart, until new life buds and opens and flowers. Amen
-Richard Foster (1942- )
Prayer of the Bible
Because you have satisfied me, GOD, I promise to do everything you say. I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile, be gracious to me just as you promised. When I took a long, careful look at your ways, I got my feet back on the trail you blazed. I was up at once, didn't drag my feet, was quick to follow your orders… Your love, GOD, fills the earth! Train me to live by your counsel.
-Psalm 119:57-60,64 The Message
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy and immortal: Have mercy on us.
-The Eastern Orthodox ‘Trisagion’
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
(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)
Mighty and tender God who holds us by the hand, cast out our fears by your love. Help us to love our enemies, to accept our hardships and to cling firmly to you, for you have power over all, in the triumph of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen
Go, sent by the Father into the world to love & serve in the name of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit
photo 1 taken in: Bamberg, Germany
photo 2 taken in: Barcelona, Spain