Come Holy Spirit, Come, light of our hearts. We do not know how to pray, Holy Spirit pray in us.
The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
-Prayer adapted from Psalm 118:14-16
Prayer of the Bible
‘When I look at the heavens, the work of your hands, the moon and the stars that you have made; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, children of the earth that you care for them? Yet you have created us a little lower than the angels, and crowned us with glory and honor.’
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue.
(Think deeply on the life and words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Lord our God, dear Father in heaven, we thank you that we may be your children, led by you. We thank you for guiding us in times of grief and never forsaking us. Now, as of old, you are with us, Lord our God, and you show us the way in every situation. Protect us in this present time, and grant us strength to go on patiently even when our lives hold much suffering and distress. We thank you for your guidance and rejoice in your help for our time. Reveal your hand in power, for soon, very soon, your right hand will change everything. Amen.
-Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842-1919)