To You alone, O Jesus, I must cling; and running to Your arms, dear Lord, there let me hide; loving with childlike tenderness
-Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)
Prayer of the Bible
Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that fills it, the coastlands and their inhabitants. Let the desert and its cities lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits, let the habitants of Sela sing for joy, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory to the Lord, and declare his praise in the coastlands. The Lord goes out like a mighty man, like a man of war he stirs up his zeal; he cries out, he shouts aloud, he shows himself mighty against his foes
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere and fillest all things; Treasury of Blessings, and Giver of Life - come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land.
(Think deeply on the life and words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
O God, with all prayer and petitions, help me pray always in the Spirit, and to this end I will be watchful with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Be with us in our silence and in our speech, in our haste and in our leisure,
in company and in solitude,
in freshness of the morning and
in weariness of the evening;
and give us grace at all times humbly to rejoice in Thy mysterious companionship.
-John Baillie (1886-1960)