Lord, lead me beside the still waters. Restore my soul, and lead me in the path of righteousness for your name’s sake. Amen
Prayer of the Bible
A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Have mercy on Your Church, and on this world around us. Come Lord Jesus, come and forgive, cleanse, and restore us.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. And they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” And he said to them, “Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”
(Think deeply on the life and words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
We call on you, Lord, be our helper and protector. Save the afflicted among us; have mercy on the lowly; raise up the fallen; appear to the needy; heal the ungodly; restore the wanderers of thy people; feed the hungry; ransom our prisoners; raise up the sick; comfort the faint-hearted.
-Clement of Rome (died 99AD)
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
The Lord is my shepherd,
In him I lack nothing.
He leads me to abundant life,
To a place of peace and rest.
He restores my soul,
He guides me in paths of righteousness! Amen
-Adapted from Psalm 23