For God alone my soul in silence waits; from Him comes my Salvation
(Be still before God)
Prayer of the Bible
Lord, the earth is yours and all its fullness, the world and all who dwell in it. For you have founded it on the seas, and establish it on the waters. Therefore I will not lift up my soul to an idol but I will seek your face.
-adapted from Psalm 24:1,2,4,6
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
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
Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
Pray to God the Father, through the power of our Master Jesus, through the love of the Spirit
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Father, I abandon myself into Your hands. Do with me what You will. Whatever You do, I will thank You. I am ready for all. I accept all. Let only Your will be done in me, as in all Your creatures,
And I’ll ask nothing else, my Lord. Into your hands I commend my spirit; I give it to You with all the love of my heart, For I love You, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into Your hands. Because You are my Father.
-Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916)
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 Delphi, Greece
photo 2 Taken in Prodigal Son