SILENCE AND CENTERING (2 MINUTES)
Psalm 46:10 (NLT)
“Be still, and know that I am God I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
Gracious and merciful God, Your love toward us is relentless, Your compassion toward us is abundant, Your benevolence toward us is extravagant. As Your children, we abuse what You give. As Your stewards, we hoard what You entrust. As Your servants, we lust for more and more. We are sinners, justly deserving Your punishment. We have lost sight of Your Kingdom, and have embraced values that dishonor You. Hear our confession, O God. Cleanse our hearts, renew our minds, reverse our direction, and draw us close. Forgive our sinfulness and make us whole. Thank You for Jesus, who died in our place so that we might be redeemed and restored. In the Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
1 He said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. 2 And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. 3 He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day. 4 The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, “Thus says the Lord God.” 5 Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.
Almighty God, whose love never ceases and whose mercies have no end, hear the prayers of Your people who call upon You in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
We give You thanks for the love that made and still sustains us. We praise You for the gift of redemption through Jesus Christ, who though He was rich for our sakes became poor, that by His poverty we might become rich. Help us to treasure Your grace in faithful hearts, and guide us to love You and serve You all the days of our lives. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Save and defend Your Holy Church, which You have cleansed through the blood of Jesus. Give to her faithful pastors and ministers. Unite Your people in faith, that together we may serve the world in Your name through the proclamation of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Send the light of Your Word and Your truth into all the earth. Raise up those who will hear Your call to serve as pastors, teachers, deaconesses and other church workers, and bless all who train them to serve the Word to Your people. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bless our nation Remember all who hold positions of trust may serve Your holy will, for the protection of the weak, the promotion of virtue, and the establishment of peace and harmony here and throughout the world. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Take away from us all prejudice and hate; help us to show Your compassion and love to all in need. Sanctify our homes with Your presence. Make them places of welcome and love in Christ. Bless husband and wife, parent and child, that we may live in Christ-like love toward one another. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
O Lord, You are good to those who wait for You and to the souls of those who seek You. In accordance with Your will, heal the sick and relieve the suffering [especially ______________ and those we name before You in our hearts]. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Holy Father, at Your Son’s call, the dead are restored to life and tears are banished. Give His comfort and peace to all who grieve the death of those they love and to all whose pilgrimage draws to a close. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Open the hearts of Your people who commune today, that they may receive Your gifts with faith and for the strengthening of their joy, feasting upon Your Son’s true body and blood. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
These and whatever else You would have us ask of You, grant us, O Lord, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, to whom with You and the Holy Spirit be all praise and glory, now and to the end of all ages. Amen.
1 He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2 On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. 4 Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” 5 And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching. 7 He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9 but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. 10 He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11 If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” 12 So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. 13 They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Pray The Our Father – Slowly
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.