Lord Jesus, who traveled with the disciples on the road to Emmaus: Be with us on the way, that we may know you in the scriptures, in the breaking of bread, and in the hearts of all whom we meet. Amen.
-Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Prayer of the Bible
Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and seek his face always.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Have mercy on Your Church, and on this world around us. Come Lord Jesus, come and forgive, cleanse, and restore us.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them. “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.”
-John 21: 9-12
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers and grant to your children the help of your power, that their sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN
-Book of Common Prayer
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Lord, we acknowledge the reality of suffering. Remind us of Your love and comfort when we endure suffering. Reassure us that You are with us and walk through the fires with us. Let us fervently believe that You will never leave us or forsake us even in the greatest suffering we endure. Thank You that we are always held by Your gracious and loving arms and that we need not fear.
-Ministry of Pastoral Care