Jesus, when you walked among us you called children to come to you and you wrapped your arms around them and you blessed them. We long to feel your arms of love, strength, and forgiveness wrapped around us and to hear your words of blessing over us.
Prayer of the Bible
When I was desperate, I called out, and GOD got me out of a tight spot. GOD's angels sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray. Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see — how good GOD is. Blessed are you who run to him.
(Free expression of praise and thanksgiving to God)
Confession of Sin
It is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance. The Lord says to us, ‘Turn to me with all your heart, for I am tender and compassionate.’
-Romans 2:4, Joel 2:13
(Time of silence for confession of sin)
The Words of Jesus
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
(Think deeply on these life-giving words of Jesus)
Prayer for ourselves and others
Oh, God, listen to my prayer; please open your ears.
(Time to bring before God our own needs and the needs of others)
Jesus, help me to spread your fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with your spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of you. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel your presence in my soul. Let them look up and no longer see me but only Jesus. Stay with me and I shall begin to shine as you shine, and be a light to others.
-Mother Teresa (1910-1997)