Speak peace to my heart, Lord Jesus. This world has taken its toll, its noise and confusion, its doubts and fears, have troubled and wearied my soul. Lord Jesus speak peace to my soul
-Don Francisco (1946- )
Prayer of the Bible
For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
-Psalm 95: 3-5, 7
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Pray to God the Father, through the power of our Master Jesus, through the love of the Spirit
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Finally, pray that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
-2 Thessalonians 3:1-5