Jesus, help us to pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
Prayer of the Bible
How blessed all those in whom you live, whose lives become roads you travel; They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks, discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain! God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and at the last turn—Zion! God in full view!
-Psalm 84: 5-7 The Message
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light”
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Jesus Christ, the Love that gives love,
You are higher than the highest star;
You are deeper than the deepest sea;
You cherish us as Your own family;
You embrace us as Your own spouse;
You rule over us as Your own subjects;
You welcome us as Your dearest friend.
Let all the world worship You. Amen
-Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)