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.”
Almighty God, You have told us to trust You with all of our hearts. You have encouraged us to lean on You, rather than depend upon our own understanding. You invite us to be still, and know that You are God. You desire us to commit our moments, our days, our plans, and our lives to You. However, we often prefer independence. We are a self-sufficient people; impatient, and fearful of losing control. We confess our frequent failure to trust You. Help our unbelief. By the Cross of Christ, enable us to die to sin so we may be raised to new life in Jesus. By Your Holy Spirit, grow our trust in You, that we might live wholeheartedly for Your sake, and for the sake of the world which You love. Amen.
Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.
9 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, “Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’ ” 10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11 The Lord spoke to Moses and said, 12 “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, “At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’ ” 13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14 When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.
Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
Loving Father, You provided for Your ancient people manna to sustain them in the wilderness, and in Your Son You have given us the living bread of heaven. Give Your baptized children the grace of seeking the food that endures to eternal life. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Holy One, Your Son gives us the Office of the Ministry so that Your people might be equipped to serve and built up into His one body. Remember in Your compassion all who speak Your Word. Give them faithfulness and honesty in their teaching so that Your children would be freed from all deceit and speak Your truth to one another in love, growing up in every way into Christ. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord of the harvest, Your Son bids us pray that You send workers into Your harvest fields. Stir up the hearts of young men and women to consider lives of service in full-time church work. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Mighty One, You establish civil government to be a blessing. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father of our Lord Jesus, You hear the grumblings and laments of Your people when they cry out in their distress. We lift up to You today our sisters and brothers who are sick, injured, taking treatments, homebound or grieving [especially Your servants ______________]. Show mercy to each bruised heart, and make their faith in You strong as they await the healing or provision that comes only from Your hand. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Almighty God, in the Eucharist Your Son feeds us with food that never perishes, His very body and blood, that we would believe His forgiveness, taste His mercy and join Him in giving You thanks and praise. Stir up in us always a genuine hunger to taste and see at this table how good You are. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Ever-living One, we give thanks to You for all those who have believed and partaken of the living bread from heaven and so share in the unending life of Your Son. Bring all of us to share with them the joys of Your heavenly banquet table on the day of the resurrection of all flesh. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. 25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” 32 Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
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.