Lord, teach me humility; you save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty
Prayer of the Bible
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.
-Psalm 149: 1-4
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
“O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk. But give me rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for Thou are blessed, unto ages of ages.”
-Ephraim the Syrian (306-373)
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. Jesus sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
(Think deeply on the life and words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to You.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call-- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all