Lord, give us weak eyes for things, which are of no account, and clear eyes for all your truth.
Prayer of the Bible
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!
-Psalm 146: 5-10
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Jesus, you have promised that sin shall no longer be my master, because I am not under the law, but under grace. Thank you for setting me free from the power of sin
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Father, I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you.
-John 17: 4-7
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens
-I Thessalonians 5:17
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Hail, gladdening Light, Light and Glory of the Father immortal, the heavenly, holy, and blessed One, O Jesus Christ. Now that we have reached the setting of the sun, and see the evening light, we sing to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is fitting at all times to sing a song of praise in measured melody to you, O Son of God, the Giver of life. Behold the universe sings your glory.
-Phos Hilaron (3rd century Christian hymn)