De-clutter my heart, O God, until I am quiet enough to hear you speak out of the silence. Help me in these few moments to stop, to listen, to wait, to be still, and come to recognize your presence with me, in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer of the Bible
How good it is to thank you, Lord, to praise your name, Most High, to sing your love in the beginning of each day. I am in awe of who you are and what you do, Lord how deep are your thoughts.
-from Psalm 92
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
It is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance. The Lord says to us, ‘Turn to me with all your heart, for I am tender and compassionate’
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests me made known to God.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Forth in thy Name, O Lord I go, my daily labor to pursue; Thee, only thee, resolved to know in all I think or speak or do the task thy wisdom hath assigned, O Let me cheerfully fulfill, In all my works thy presence find, and prove thy good and perfect will.
-Charles Wesley, 1707-88
(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 one: a small village in the Czech Republic-while driving from Lodz, Poland to Wieselburg, Austria
*bottom two: Monte Cassino, Italy-where St. Benedict of Nursia established his first monastery around the year 529