How precious are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.
Prayer of the Bible
For you O God formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
-Psalm 139: 13-16
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
O God, you know my foolishness, and my guilt is not hidden from you. Have mercy
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Jesus heard that they had cast the blind man he had healed out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
I will watch in hope for you, O Lord; I will wait for you, the God of my salvation; you will hear me
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Thanks be to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which you have given me, for all the pains and insults which you have borne for me. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.
-Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)