I will give thanks to you, Lord, for you are good; your steadfast love endures forever.
-I Chronicles 16:34
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
O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or chasten me in your wrath. Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in distress. My soul also is greatly troubled. How long, O Lord, how long?
-Psalm 6: 1-3
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
-John 15: 12-15
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Help us to help each other, Lord,
Each other's cross to bear,
let each his friendly aid afford,
and feel his brother's care.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body and spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
-Book of Common Prayer