Help me O Lord to call upon you in all things because you will always listen to me. You promise that if I seek you I will find you when I search for you with all my heart.
Prayer of the Bible
Leader: Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving.
Leader: For a night of rest.
All: We give thanks to the Father
Leader: For the light of morning.
All: We give thanks to the Son.
Leader: For the hope of a new day.
All: We give thanks to the Holy Spirit.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Come and see/Look on the mystery/The Lord of the universe/Nailed to a tree/Christ our God/Spilling His holy blood/Bowing in anguish,/His sacred head
Sing to Jesus/Lord of our shame/Lord of our sinful Hearts/He is our great Redeemer/Sing to Jesus/Honor His name/Sing of His faithfulness/Pouring His life out unto death
-Fernando Ortega. ‘Sing to Jesus’
(Time of personal confession silently or out loud)
Leader: We give thanks and praise to Him who loves us and freed us form our sins by His blood,
and made us to be a kingdom of priests serving his God and Father.
All: To Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen
The Words of Jesus
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
–John 13:12-17; 34-35
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Pray for ourselves and others
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests me made known to God.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
O Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace! Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is discord, harmony. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sorrow, joy.Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
-Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi