Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation, and my hope is in you all day long.
-Psalm 25: 3-5
Prayer of the Bible
Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God
-Psalm 143: 7-10
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Have mercy, tender God, forget that I defied you, wash away my sin, cleanse me from my guilt. I know my evil well, it stares me in the face, evil done to you alone before your very eyes. You love those centered in truth; teach me your hidden wisdom. Wash me with fresh water, wash me bright as snow. Oh God, my Father, reshape my heart.
-Psalm 51 The Message
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Again Jesus began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Help us to help each other, Lord,
Each other's cross to bear,
let each his friendly aid afford,
and feel his brother's care.
-Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Lord, you have given us your word as a light to shine upon our path; grant us to meditate on that word, and to follow its teaching, that we may find in it the light that shines more and more until the perfect date; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
St Jerome (342–420)