I will ascribe to you, O Lord, glory and strength. I will ascribe to you the glory due your name and worship you in the beauty of holiness.
-Psalm 29: 1-2
Prayer of the Bible
In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds! Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; the peoples fall under you. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
-Psalm 45: 4-7
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
"Our God, our hope in ages past, help in ages past, our hope for years to come. We lift our hearts to Thee. We thank Thee Thou didst ever createst. We grieve that we ever marred that creation by sin; but, having done that, we rejoice that Thou didst find a way through love to save us: the sacrifice of Thy Son. He who was from the beginning, yielded Himself on a tree that He might die. We can never thank Thee enough. We pray Thee for those who are lost in our midst this evening. Oh Holy Spirit, Thou would draw and pull. May the unsaved hear the voice of Jesus say, 'Come unto me and rest.' May the thirsty hear Him say, 'Come unto me and drink.' May the blind hear Him say, 'Come unto me and see.' May the dead hear Him say, 'Come unto me and live.' Oh Lord, kindly do this for Jesus sake. Amen.”
-A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)