Oh Lord, you command Your lovingkindness by day, in the night Your song is with me—A prayer to You, the God of my life.
Prayer of the Bible
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.
-Psalm 121: 1-8
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
O Lord have mercy on me and forgive me and pull me out of this mire before I become imbedded in it
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter. “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything: you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”
-John 21: 15-17
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Lord, in union with Your love, unite my work with Your great work, and perfect it. As a drop of water poured into a river is taken up into the activities of the river, so may my labor become part of Your work. Thus may those among whom I live and work be drawn into Your love. Amen
-Gertrude The Great (1256-1302)