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.”
Heavenly Father, This morning we confess our inconsistent and often meager praise of You. How often have we found ourselves in spontaneous praise of a fine meal, an adorable child, or someone we love. We praise these things because we delight in them. Help us instead to find our heart’s delight in You, so that praises will spring from our lips. Forgive us for seeking our deepest joy elsewhere. Oh Lord become our heart’s desire, in Jesus’ Name we pray Amen.
2 Samuel 11:1-15
1 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. 2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful. 3 David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, “This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.) Then she returned to her house. 5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.” 6 So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7 When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared, and how the war was going. 8 Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king. 9 But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. 10 When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “You have just come from a journey. Why did you not go down to your house?” 11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing.” 12 Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day, 13 David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house. 14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”
Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
For the whole family of God in Christ Jesus, that all His baptized children be strengthened with power through His Spirit in our inner being, that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith, and that we may be rooted and grounded in love, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all who serve in the Office of the Holy Ministry; for pastor(s); and for all teachers and church workers, that in the midst of turbulent times, the presence and words of Christ would fill their hearts with courage and drive away all fear, and that they would be filled with the conviction that God is able to do abundantly more than all we could ever ask or think, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For an increase in full-time church workers; for the spread of the Gospel, that many may come to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge and so be filled with all the fullness of God, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the leaders of our nation, all public servants and all in the armed forces, that they be given grace to fulfill their varied callings with honor, courage, wisdom and integrity, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all in need: the sick, the sorrowing, the lonely, the injured and the dying, [and for those we have been asked to remember at this altar: ______________,] that Christ Jesus would ever be their health in sickness, their peace in turmoil, their joy in sorrow and their life in death, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all who draw near to the altar today, not merely to touch the fringe of the Savior’s garment, but to partake of His very body and blood, that this Eucharist may be to them for the forgiveness of sins, for strength in resisting temptations, for service in Christ’s kingdom and finally as a pledge of the glories of the life that has no end, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the faithful departed, let us give God all thanks and praise, asking that we may join them in the new heavens and the new earth, where the sign of God’s everlasting covenant of peace and the eternal abatement of His wrath through the sacrifice of His Son fills all hearts with unending joy, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
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.