Come, O Christ, and fill us with quiet confidence; help us trust that your love will never disappear
Prayer of the Bible
When I was desperate, I called out, and GOD got me out of a tight spot. GOD's angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray. Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see —how good GOD is. Blessed are you who run to him.
-Psalm 34:6-8 The Message
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath. Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Save me from all my sins
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
Oh, God, listen to my prayer; please open your ears.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Make us worthy, Lord, to serve our fellow man throughout the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give them, through our hands this day their daily bread, and by our understanding love give peace and joy. Lord make me a channel of thy peace, that where there is hatred I may bring love; that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness; that where there is discord, I may bring harmony; that where there is error, I may bring truth, where there is doubt- faith, where there is despair-hope; where there are shadows-light; where there is sadness-joy. Lord grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted; to understand than to be understood, to love than be loved, for it is by forgetting self that one finds it; by dying that one awakens to eternal life. Amen
-Mother Teresa (1910-1997) and Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
(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: Bamberg, Germany
photo 2 taken in: Mother Teresa