I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from God, who made heaven and earth.”
-Psalm 121: 1-2
Prayer of the Bible
The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
O most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, cleanse us from our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy God, visit and heal our infirmities for thy Name's sake.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen."
-John Chrysostom (349-407)