Jesus, sometimes we feel the fire in us is going out, help us to remember we were not the one who lit that fire.
-Brother Roger (1915-2005)
(Be still before God)
Prayer of the Bible
O God, you are my God; with all that I am I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because Your constant overflowing love is better than life, my lips will praise you. I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied in you and my mouth will sing words of adoration with joyful lips,
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me a sinner
-The Jesus Prayer (5th Century)
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
The Divine Embrace—Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in Your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and Love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen!
-The Book of Common Prayer, 101
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 Karpas, Cyprus
photo 2 Taken in Glees, Germany