He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”
Prayer of the Bible
I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
-Psalm 63: 2-8
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Father; in your presence we confess the things we wish we could hide from you and the things we try to hide from others. We confess the heartbreak we have caused and the harm we have done that makes it difficult to forgive ourselves. Lord in your mercy forgive us. Amen.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterwards you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”
-John 13: 6-8
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
May the Lord support us all the day long till the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then, in his mercy, may he give us a safe lodging and a holy rest and peace at the last.
-John Henry Newman (1801-1890)