O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
-Psalm 131: 1,2
Prayer of the Bible
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
-Isaiah 11:1-4, 6,9
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
-Psalm 25: 10-11
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Jesus took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”
(Think deeply on the life and words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
God, You are peace everlasting, whose chosen reward is the gift of peace, and You have taught us that the peacemakers are Your children. Pour Your grace into our souls, that everything discordant may utterly vanish, and all that makes for peace be sweet to us for ever; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
-Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)