O Lord, Our God, you created the heavens, you fashioned and made the earth and established it. In your wisdom and love you did not create it to be empty but to be filled with all kinds of living things. Thank you for making us in your image, to share your love and your work with us. Amen
Prayer of the Bible
You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Examine me, O Lord, and try me; purify my mind and my heart; for Your lovingkindness is ever before me, and I walk in your truth
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
"I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
-John 6: 48-51
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Lord, catch me off guard today. Surprise me with some moment of beauty or pain so that at least for the moment I may be startled into seeing that you are here in all your splendor, always and everywhere, barely hidden, beneath, beyond, within this life I breathe.
-Frederick Buechner (1926- )