I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope: Your mercies never cease, for Your compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness
Prayer of the Bible
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
-Psalm 100: 1-3
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; who forgives all your sins and heals all your infirmities; who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with faithful love and compassion
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Now many saw Jesus and his disciples going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.
(Think deeply on the life and words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Heavenly Father, you have promised to hear what we ask in the name of your Son: Accept and fulfill our petitions, we pray, not as we ask in our ignorance, nor as we deserve in our sinfulness, but as you know and love us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
–The Book of Common Prayer
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
You, eternal Christ, are all things to us. You are the Bridle of wild donkeys, the supporting Wing of the eagle, the firm Tiller of ocean ships, and Shepherd of the King‘s lambs. The Joy of the saints, Word of the Most High, the Prince of wisdom, Workmate of those who toil, and Joy of the human family. You are the Singer of God, the Milk of a nursing mother, Fisherman on the dangerous seas, inexhaustible Light, the Dew of the spirit, and Pearl of great price. Bridle, tiller, and bird wing, shepherd, word and workmate, singer, milk, and fisherman, dew, pearl, light and joy! And who are we? We are your privileged retinue, your choirs of peace, the offshoots of your love. With sincere hearts and minds we celebrate the perfect ways of you, our only Messiah. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!
-Clement Of Alexandria (150-215)