O Lord, reassure me with Your quickening Spirt; without You I can do nothing. Mortify in me all worldliness, pride, selfishness, and resistance to God, and fill me with love, peace, and all the fruits of the Spirit…You are the same yesterday, today, and forever; and therefore, waiting on Thee, Lord, I trust that you shall renew my strength. Amen
-William Wilberforce (1759-1833)
(Be still before God)
Prayer of the Bible
In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me! Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. You are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who cry out to you.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
When Jesus had spoken these words, “he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. and this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me our of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you
-John 17: 1-7
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Lord Jesus, bind me to You and to my neighbor with love. May my heart not me turned away from You. May my soul not be deceived nor my talent or mind enticed by allurement of error, so that I may never distance myself from Your love. Thus may I love my neighbor as myself, with strength, wisdom, and gentleness, with Your help, You who are blessed throughout all ages. Amen
-Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)
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 Gozo, Malta
photo 2 Taken in Phoenix, Arizona 'Woodland Community'