Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit I welcome and invite your presence! May I rest in your beloved community. Release me from the burden of trying to figure out life on my own. Help me to listen and trust your voice in all things and everywhere I go.
Prayer of the Bible
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.
-Psalm 149: 1-4
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
When I have sinned against You, and when I have turned back to You and confessed my sin, hear from heaven and forgive my sin and restore me. Teach me the good way in which I should walk
-I Kings 8:33-34, 36
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Father, I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.
-John 17: 15-19
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
In all my prayers for others, I always pray with Joy.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
-2 Peter 1:2-4