“Now may the Lord of peace himself give us peace at all times and in every way. Amen
-2 Thessalonians 3:16
Prayer of the Bible
Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. How long, Lord God Almighty, will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people? You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have made them drink tears by the bowlful. You have made us an object of derision to our neighbors, and our enemies mock us. Restore us, God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.”
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
O God, we belong to You utterly. You are such a Father that You take our sins from us and throw them behind Your back. You clean our souls as Your Son also washed the disciples’ feet. We hold up our hearts to You: make them what they must be. Amen
-George MacDonald (1824-1905)
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.
(Think deeply on the life of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
O Lord, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
–Book of Common Prayer