O Lord, prepare me for all the events of the day; for I know now what a day may bring forth. Give me grace to deny myself; to take up my cross daily, and to follow in the steps of my Lord and Master. Amen
-Matthew Henry (1662-1714)
(Be still before God)
Prayer of the Bible
Your love, God, is my song, and I'll sing it forever! I'm forever telling everyone how faithful you are. I'll never quit telling the story of your love— how you built the cosmos and guaranteed everything in it. Your love has always been our lives' foundation, your reliability has been the roof over our world
-Psalm 89:1-2 The Message
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love You, and worthily magnify Your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen
-Book of Common Prayer
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
Hallelujah! Thank God! Pray to him by name!
-Psalm 105:1 The Message
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
O Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace! Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is discord, harmony.
Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sorrow, joy.
Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
-Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
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: Gozo, Malta
photo 2 taken at: Taize, France