Jesus all for Jesus all I am and have and ever hope to be. All of my ambitions hopes and plans I surrender these into your hands. For its only in your will that I am free, For its only in your will that I am free. Jesus all for Jesus, all I am, and have, and ever hope to be
(Be still before God)
Prayer of the Bible
Lord, while I live I will praise you. I will sing praises to you while I have my being I will not trust in men of power. My hope is in you, O Lord, my God for you raise those who are bowed down and you will reign forever
-adapted from Psalm 146:2,3,8,10
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! IF you O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.
-I Thessalonians 5:17-18
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be very easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
-Book of Common Prayer
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 Paola, Italy 'Santuario di San Francesco'
photo 2 Taken in Phoenix, Arizona 'Woodland Community Garden'