Light of the world illumine my soul. Flame of Christ kindle in me your love. Spirit of Christ let your fire set me aflame with a passion to see you kingdom come and your will be done
Prayer of the Bible
Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks,
-I Chronicles 29:10-13
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
And Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Help us Lord, to rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and be constant in prayer. Amen
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Lord our God, you are king, founding a kingdom that reaches to the ends of the earth, establishing it to endure forever. We thank you that we may be sheltered in your hands and that no sickness of body or soul can do us lasting harm. We thank you for lifting us again and again to true life with the light and power to overcome what is earthly, true life with the flexibility to remain trusting and confident no matter what happens, true life directed to the great goal of God's kingdom, promised to us in Jesus Christ. Amen.
-Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842-1919)