God of all eternity, you know that our human language is almost incapable of expressing our longing for communion with you. But you grant us the gift of a life hidden in you. And the sun rises on a new day, a day of trusting.
Prayer of the Bible
The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
-Psalm 145: 14-18
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our heart sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent
-John 17: 1-3
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
-Psalm 5: 3
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Father, I abandon myself into Your hands. Do with me what You will. Whatever You do, I will thank You. I am ready for all. I accept all. Let only Your will be done in me, as in all Your creatures, and I’ll ask nothing else, my Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul; I give it to You with all the love of my heart, for I love You, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into Your hands, for You are my Father.
-Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916)