Alone with none but thee, my God, I journey on my way. What need I fear, when thou art near O king of night and day? More safe am I within thy hand than if a host did round me stand.
-Columba, Irish abbot and missionary (521-597)
Prayer of the Bible
Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence. I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
-Pslam 27: 11-14
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
What I do may seem right to me and others, But you, Lord know my inner motives and what I am thinking.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayers for Ourselves and Others
Far be it from me that I should sin against You, O Lord, by ceasing to pray for others
-I Samuel 12:23
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Lord Jesus Christ, grant that as your body, we might we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ
-Ephesians 4: 13-15