Almighty God, who pours out on all who desire it in the spirit of grace and supplication. Deliver us, when we draw near to You, from coldness of heart and wandering mind, that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections we may worship You in spirit and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
-Book of Common Prayer
(Be still before God)
Prayer of the Bible
Sing to the Lord all the earth, sing and bless God’s holy name. Sing a new song to the Lord, for God has done marvelous deeds. The Lord has made known his salvation for all peoples to behold. The Lord has remembered his faithfulness, his steadfast love for all peoples. Make a joyful noise to the Lord! Break forth into song of praise! Sing praises to the Lord with sound of music, with trumpet and horn rejoice in the Lord. Let the sea roar, let the floods clap their hands, the hills sing together for joy in the Lord. Let the heavens proclaim the Lord’s righteousness and all peoples behold God’s glory.
- From Psalm 95 and 97
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
All who are thirsty, all who are weak come to the fountain, dip your heart in the stream of life
Let your sin, pain and sorrows be washed away In the waves of His mercy
-Lyrics from All Who Are Thirsty
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, the Father may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Go, sent by the Father into the world to love & serve in the name of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit
photo 1 taken at: Paris, France
photo 2 taken at: Gozo, Malta