Jesus I ask you to release me from the chains that keep me from being faithful to my true self in you. In doing so may my life be a gift to many. Amen
Prayer of the Bible
Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man. For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother's womb. My praise is continually of you.
-Pslam 71: 4-6
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great
-Psalm 25: 10-11
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. Truly, Truly, I say to you, “whoever receives the ones I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me."
-John 13: 18-20
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Jesus, you have given us a new commandment: To love one another even as you have love us, so we must love one another. May out prayers be an expression of our love for one another.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Glory to You, Lord Jesus Christ! You built Your cross as a bridge over death, so that departed souls might pass from the realm of death to the realm of life. Glory to You! You put on the body of a mortal man and made it the source of life for all mortal human beings. You are alive! Your murderers handled Your life like farmers: they sowed it like grain deep in the earth, for it to spring up and raise with itself a multitude of men. We offer You the great, universal sacrifice of our love, and pour out before You our richest hymns and prayers. For You offered Your cross to God as a sacrifice in order to make us all rich. Amen
-Ephraim The Syrian (305-373)