‘Peace I leave you; my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid’ for I have overcome the world
Prayer of the Bible
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.
-Isaiah 12: 2-5
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Lord Jesus, come yourself, and dwell with us, be human as we are, and overcome what overwhelms us. Come into the midst of my evil, come close to my unfaithfulness. Share my sin, which I hate and which I cannot leave.
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”
-John 21: 4-7
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
O Lord, hear my prayer; listen to the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for you will answer me
-Psalm 86: 6-7
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Almighty God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
-Book of Common Prayer