Jesus, help me to be strong and courageous; may I not be afraid or discouraged, for You, Lord my God, will be with me wherever I go.
Prayer of the Bible
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth. Amen and Amen
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
-Book of Common Prayer
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”
-John 21: 20-22
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Then I said, “O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God...let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
O Christ, our Morning Star,
Splendor of Light Eternal,
shining with the glory of the rainbow,
come and waken us
from the grayness of our apathy,
and renew in us your gift of hope. Amen.
-Bede the Venerable (672-735)