To You alone, O Jesus, I must cling; and running to Your arms, dear Lord, there let me hide; loving with childlike tenderness
-Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)
Prayer of the Bible
Yours is the day, yours is also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun. You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter. Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs, and a foolish people reviles your name. Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild beasts; do not forget the life of your poor forever.
-Psalms 74: 16-19
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
What I do may seem right to me, But you, Lord know my inner motives and what I am thinking.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews, ‘but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.”
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
-I Timothy 6:11-15