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.”
Lord, You are a God who loves to hear from Your children. You desire for us to come to You in prayer to receive love, mercy, and grace. Why then, Lord, is prayer so hard for us? Why do we never seem to make time for it? Why do we regularly fail to follow up on our promises to pray for others? Why are we so embarrassed to pray aloud with others? Why do we often design our prayers to make us look good to others? Why is this so hard for us? Lord, we confess our weakness to You. We confess that we need Your grace and love in order to even desire to pray. We confess and ask for Your mercy.
1 Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn her seven pillars. 2 She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine, she has also set her table. 3 She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls from the highest places in the town, 4 “You that are simple, turn in here!” To those without sense she says, 5 “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. 6 Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”
Let us pray for the whole Church of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
Heavenly Father, the words of our Savior are spirit and life. Give us grace to cling to them always, but especially when we find them hard to listen to, that we may discover with Peter and the other apostles that Christ alone has the words of eternal life. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Look in mercy on all the baptized, pour out Your Spirit on them and fill them with the light of Your Word, so that Your people may live as children of the light, taking no part in the unfruitful works of darkness. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Wise One, You set a banquet before us in Word and meal and summon us to leave our simple ways and live, walking in the way of insight. Remember our pastor(s); and all servants of the Church. Grant that they may always increase in learning and find knowing You to be the path of insight. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Raise up, we beg You, Lord, ever new workers for Your harvest fields, determined like Joshua of old to serve You alone. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Ruler of all, look on all who serve in the legislature or as judges; and on all who serve in our armed forces. Uphold them in honor and integrity, and make them a blessing. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Kind Father, Your Son is the healer of the sick, the resurrection of the dead and our bread of life. Hear our prayers today for those who suffer, those taking treatments or facing surgery, the sick and those who are dying. [We commend to Your loving hands above all those we have been asked to remember before You: ______________.] Comfort them and sustain them with Your powerful Word, granting whatever healing You will. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Bountiful Giver, Your Son assures us that His flesh is true food and His blood true drink, and that those who feed on Him will live forever because of Him. By Your Spirit, prepare our hearts to welcome Him as He comes to us in this Eucharist, that we may rejoice in His promises and depart in His peace. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Source of all life, on the great day of the resurrection Your Son will call all who fell asleep in Him to arise from the dead and shine in His light. Receive our thanks for the faithful who departed this life trusting in His promises. Bring us with them into the light of that day that has no evening. 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.
51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55 for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”
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.