Come, O Christ, and fill us with quiet confidence; help us trust that your love will never go away
Prayer of the Bible
O God, you are the One who said, “Let light shine out of darkness”; and you made your light shine into our hearts to give us light of the knowledge of your glory in the face of Christ. We have this treasure in an earthen vessel to show that this all-surpassing power is from you and not from us.
-2 Corinthians 4:6-7
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
I repent, Lord. I repent. I have been wrong in supposing that I could manage my own life and be my own god; I have been wrong, in thinking I had, or could get the strength, education and training to make it on my own. I turn again and follow you, my Lord Jesus Christ, and be your pilgrim in the path of peace.
-Eugene Peterson (1932-2018)
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him.
(Think deeply on the life and words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Lord, help us to bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, the Father may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen