In the silence of the early morning your Spirit hovers over the brink of the day and new light pierces the darkness of the night. In the silence of the morning life begins to stir around me and I listen for the days’s first utterances. In earth, sea, and sky and in the landscape of my own soul I listen for the utterances of your love, O God. I listen for utterances of your love.
Prayer of the Bible
Awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth!
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
We have sinned with our fathers; we have committed iniquity and acted wickedly.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum…The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
-John 6: 16-20
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
-Isaiah 41:10, 13