"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. When you pass through the water, I will be with you; in the rivers you shall not drown. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned; the flames shall not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your savior. You are precious in my eyes and... I love you.... Fear not, for I am with you"
Prayer of the Bible
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
-Psalm 100: 1-3
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
“Come now, let us reason together: Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red as crimson, They shall be like wool.”
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father, There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?
-John 5: 45-47
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
”Wisdom unsearchable, God the invisible, love indestructible in frailty appears. Lord of infinity, stooping so tenderly, lifts our humanity to the heights of his throne! O what a mystery! Meekness
and majesty, bow down and worship for this is your God!
-Graham Kendrick (1950- )