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 of our hearts, we are a lost, broken people who spend our lives chasing things that don’t matter. We go our own way, we have our own agenda, and we play by the rules we have created. We are independent and full of pride. Forgive us for living like we don’t need You. We are lost, but You come searching for us. We are broken, but You put us back together. We need You to rescue us. We need You to save us. May our identity come only from the experience of Your grace, and may we rest knowing that in You we are found. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
18 It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew; then you showed me their evil deeds. 19 But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter. And I did not know it was against me that they devised schemes, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will no longer be remembered!” 20 But you, O Lord of hosts, who judge righteously, who try the heart and the mind, let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.
In peace, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the gift of divine peace and pardon, with all our heart and mind, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the Church of Christ, that the Holy Spirit would rid us of all bitter jealousy and selfish ambition and fill the baptized with the wisdom from above, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all servants of the Church, that they be given the grace to humble themselves before the Lord and to proclaim the mystery of the cross and resurrection with zeal and faithfulness, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For those who serve in ministry that by the Spirit’s power they may serve our Synod in their various offices purely, peaceably, gently and reasonably, always full of mercy and good fruits, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For our nation and especially our leaders: and all who make, administer and judge our laws, that God would protect them from the dangers of selfish ambition, make them true servants and give them courage and integrity, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the homebound, the lonely, the depressed and anxious, those preparing for surgery and the ill, [especially for all who desire our prayers: _______________,] that committing their cause to the Lord and submitting themselves to God, they may know His peace and receive whatever healing He wills, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all who commune today, that drawing near to Him who in His Eucharist draws near to us, they may receive the body and blood of Christ with repentance, faith and hope, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the faithful departed who now rest from their labors and rejoice in the presence of God and the Lamb, let us offer thanks and praise, and that He may give us our portion, too, with the saints in light, 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.
30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32 But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. 33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34 But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
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.