Your word, O Lord, is upright, and all Your work is done in faithfulness. You love righteousness and justice; the earth is full of Your lovingkindness
Prayer of the Bible
You O God save a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down. For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Loving Father, you know I am prone to wander, self-reliant, and all to often hard-hearted, please forgive me all of my sin and bring me to your loving embrace.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate.
-John 18: 37-38
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
O God, with all prayer and petitions, help me pray always in the Spirit, and to this end I will be watchful with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
My God, I believe most firmly that You watch over all who hope in You, and that we can want for nothing when we rely upon You in all things. Therefore I am resolved for the future to cast all my cares upon You. Let others seek happiness in their wealth and in their talents. Let them trust in the purity of their lives, the severity of their mortifications, in the number of their good works, the enthusiasm of their prayers, as for me, my Rock and my Refuge, my confidence in you fills me with hope. For You, my Divine Protector, alone have settled me in hope. This confidence can never be in vain. No one, who has hoped in God, has ever been confounded.”
-Claude La Colombiere (1641-1682)