Quiet my heart, O God, until I am still enough to hear you speak out of the silence. Help me in these few moments to stop, to listen, to wait, and come to recognize your presence with me, in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer of the Bible
How good it is to thank you, Lord, to praise your name, Most High, to sing your love in the beginning of each day. I am in awe of who you are and what you do. Lord, how deep are your thoughts.
-Psalm 92: 1, 2, 5
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath. Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it. But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Save me from all my sins.
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for Ourselves and Others
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Forth in thy Name, O Lord I go, my daily labor to pursue; Thee, only thee, resolved to know in all I think or speak or do. The task thy wisdom hath assigned, O Let me cheerfully fulfill. In all my works thy presence find, and prove thy good and perfect will.
-Charles Wesley (1707-1788)