O Lord, be gracious to us; for we have hoped in You. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.
Prayer of the Bible
Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful.
-Psalm 111: 1-4
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Forgive me O Lord all my sins, for you are rich in mercy, because of your great love for me, made me alive with Christ even when I was dead in transgressions; it is by grace I have been saved.
-Ephesians 2: 4-5
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
-John 16: 12-15
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ. Rest your weary ones. Bless your dying ones. Soothe your suffering ones. Pity your afflicted ones. Shield your joyous ones. And for all your love’s sake. Amen.
–Augustine Of Hippo (354-430)
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen
-Romans 11: 33-36