Thank you God my Father for you have said that because my soul is precious in your sight, You have turned your eyes toward me and saved me.
Prayer of the Bible
In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
Psalm 71: 1-3
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Has the Lord ever ignored anyone who prayed to him? The Lord is kind and merciful; he forgives our sins and keeps us safe in time of trouble.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
but if I am doing the works of my Father, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. And many came to him-
John 10: 38-41
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
God, here I am, at your disposal, your child. Use me to continue your loving the world, by giving Jesus to me and through me, to each other and to the world. Let us pray for each other that we allow Jesus to love in us and through us with the love with which his Father loves us. Amen
-Teresa of Calcutta
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
O God I place myself
with those who struggle this day
I am here in need
I am here in pain
I am here alone
O God help me.
-Prayer from the Iona Community