Come Holy Spirit, Come, light of our hearts. We do not know how to pray, Holy Spirit pray in us. O Lord you are our strength and our defense; You are our salvation.
Prayer of the Bible
There is none like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is great in might. Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For this is your due; for among all the wise ones of the nations and in all their kingdoms there is none like you.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound by sin and nature’s night,
Thine eye dispersed a quickening ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light.
My chains fell off, my spirit free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
-Chalres Wesley (1707-1788)
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
-John 12: 31-33
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Eternal God, you have been the hope and joy of many generations, and who in all ages has given men the power to seek you and in seeking to find you, grant me, I pray you, a clearer vision of your truth, a greater faith in your power, and a more confident assurance of your love. Amen
-John Baillie (1886-1960)