"Beloved of the Lord, rest secure in Him, for He shields you all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.”
Prayer of the Bible
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. Lamb of God You take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” I will not leave you as orphans I will come to you."
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you'll get God's everything.
-Mark 11:24 (The Message)
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
We glory in your cross, O Lord, and praise you for your mighty resurrection; for by virtue of your cross hope has come into our world. God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us. Let your ways be made known on earth your liberating power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God let all the peoples praise you. We glory in your cross, O Lord, and praise you for your mighty resurrection; for by virtue of your cross hope has come into our world. Almighty God, as we stand at the foot of the cross of your Son, may we know your love for us, that in humility, love and joy we may place at his feet all that we have and all that we are; through Jesus Christ our Savior. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
-Oremus - The Labarum Collection