Eternal God, who are the light of the minds that know you, the joy of the hearts that love you, and the strength of the wills that serve you; grant us so to know you that we may truly love you, and so to love you that we may fully serve you, whom to serve is perfect freedom, in Jesus Christ our Lord.
-Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Prayer of the Bible
I will exult in You, O Lord; I will rejoice in You, the God of my salvation. You are my strength; You make my feet like the feet of a deer and enable me to go on the heights.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
May, I remove the places of idolatry from my life, and let my heart be fully committed to You all my days
-2 Chronicles 15:17
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that they may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father.
-John 5: 21-23
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Worthy of praise from every mouth, of confession from every tongue, of worship from every creature, is your Glorious Name, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: you created the world with your imprint and by your compassion you saved it. To your majesty, O God, ten thousand times ten thousand bow down and adore, singing and praising without ceasing, and saying Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts; Heaven and earth are full of your praise; Hosanna in the highest