Enrich, Lord, heart, hands, mouth in me with faith, with hope and charity, That I may run, rise, and rest in Thee
-George Herbert (1593-1633)
Prayer of the Bible
I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
Psalm 145: 1-7
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
O heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of truth, who art in all places and fillest all things; Treasury of good things and Giver of life: Come and dwell in us and cleanse us from every stain, and save our souls, O gracious Lord.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
-John 5: 24-25
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
O God, be gracious to us and bless us, and make Your face shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
-Psalm 67: 1-2