Who am I? These lonely questions of mine mock me
Whoever I am, You know. O God, I am thine!
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
Prayer of the Bible
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me, because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
May I return to you, my God, and hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for you.”
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he had married her. For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly.
(Think deeply on the life and 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)
Open our hearts, O Lord, and enlighten our minds by the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may seek what is well-pleasing to your will: and so order our doings after your commandments, that we may be found ready to enter into your unending joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord
-Bede the Venerable (672-735)