“Jesus help us to remember that all of us go through hours of despair, and at such times it is important to continue praying. Even though we might feel that our efforts are so insignificant, so weak, that our voice can never reach heaven. But the truth is, prayer never depends on our feeling close to God; for he is always close to us, and he does hear us because of you Jesus. Amen.”
-Johann Christoph Arnold (1940-2017)
Prayer of the Bible
I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us—yes, the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. He said, "Surely they are my people, sons who will not be false to me”; and so he became their Savior.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
May I put away all filthiness and the overflow of wickedness, and in meekness accept the word planted in me, which is able to save my soul
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in Jesus! Glory to God down all the generations! Glory to God forever and ever! Amen