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.”
God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him, yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
Most holy and merciful Father, we confess to You and to one another that we have sinned against You by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not fully loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not always had in us the mind of Christ. You alone know how often we have grieved You by wasting Your gifts, and by wandering from Your ways. Forgive us, most merciful Father, and free us from our sin. Renew in us the grace and strength of Your Holy Spirit, for the sake of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Savior. Amen.
1 Kings 19:4-8
4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” 8 He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.
In peace, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the whole Church, that by the Spirit’s power all the baptized may become imitators of God as beloved children and walk in love, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For this congregation, that we be given grace to believe that through Christ we belong to one another and so be done with all falsehood and malice, instead speaking Christ’s truth to one another, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all pastors and church workers, and particularly those who face discouraging times in their ministries, that they might find in God’s Word and meal the strength they need to go on and fulfill the tasks God has given them, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For God to raise up many more servants of the Word, placing in their mouths no corrupting word but only that which is good and builds up and is fitting, that grace may come to all who hear them, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For our president and Congress and justices, for our governor and legislature and judges, and for all entrusted with public health and safety, that they be strengthened and upheld in every good deed and that God would hinder all in our common life that grieves Him, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For those who walk through difficult and dark times, the sick, the lonely, the grieving, the injured, the persecuted, [and especially all we have been asked to remember: ______________,] that they may know the peace of Christ’s promise that whoever comes to Him will never be cast out, and that all who look to Him and believe will have eternal life and be raised up at the Last Day, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all those who come to partake of the flesh and blood of Him whom the Father sent here at this altar, that receiving in faith that which was offered for the life of the world, they may be filled with joy inexpressible and full of glory, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the faithful departed, let us offer to Christ, the bread of life, all thanks and praise, asking Him to bring us to see with them in His glorious light the fulfillment of His promise that whoever believes has eternal life, 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.
4:25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not make room for the devil. 28 Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
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.