Oh God, help us to find you in silence, help us learn from the stars, moon and sun who run their course in silence. Help us to truly understand that the more we receive you in quiet prayer, the more we have to offer in the activities of our daily lives. Lord, help us to see that it is not what we have to say to You, but what You say to us and through us.
Prayer of the Bible
You got me when I was an unformed youth, God, and taught me everything I know. Now I'm telling the world your wonders; I'll keep at it until I'm old and gray. God, don't walk off and leave me until I get out the news of your strong right arm to this world, news of your power to the world yet to come, Your famous and righteous ways, O God. God, you've done it all! Who is quite like you?
-Psalm 71:17-19 The Message
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Oh God search me; shine your light into my soul that I may see its condition. May I be confident in your mercy, knowing well that you are restoring me even now. Reveal where I have left your path and speak gentle but firm words of correction. And guide me back to your life-giving ways and to your loving and strong embrace.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
-Ephesians 3:21 The Message
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Oh God, the life, death, and resurrection of your son are our hope of salvation. Pour the refreshing waters of your love over us. Cleanse our hearts, forgive our failings, purify our desires and renew our passion for you. We ask this through Christ our Savior. For from him and through him and to him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen!
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: Gozo, Malta