Thank you Lord that you go before me and will be with me. You promise you will never leave me nor forsake me, therefore, I will not be afraid or be dismayed.
Prayer of the Bible
Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, you his servants; praise the name of the Lord. Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?
-Psalm 113: 1-6
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Let the water and the blood from Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure, save from wrath and make me pure
-Augustus M. Toplady,, Hymn: Rock of Ages
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice
-John 10: 1-4
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
-Psalm 34: 4-5
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Hail, gladdening Light, Light and Glory of the Father immortal, the heavenly, holy, and blessed One,
O Jesus Christ. Now that we have reached the setting of the sun, and see the evening light, we sing to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is fitting at all times to sing a song of praise in measured melody to you, O Son of God, the Giver of life. Behold the universe sings your glory.
-Phos Hilaron (Ancient Christian hymn 3rd century)