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.”
Dear Lord, we come before You as Your children to give You honor and praise. You are the One and Only true God, the Giver of life and the Sustainer of our souls. We are grateful for Your grace, how You love us, how you call us to be Your hands and feet. Responding to Your great mercy, we need to confess how we have sinned and fallen short of the people You created us to be. We have said and done mean and selfish things, we have hurt others, and we have lived as if the universe revolves around us. We have strayed from our worship of You and gone our own way. We are sorry. Please forgive us. Cause us to truly repent and turn around to face You. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
1 all the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel. 2 Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month. 3 He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law.
5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. 6 Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
8 So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.
9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
In peace, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the gift of divine peace and of pardon for our all sins, with all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For Christ’s Holy Church, here and throughout the world; for the proclamation of the Gospel and the calling of all to faith; for all pastors, teachers and missionaries; and for vocations to church work, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For this nation, for those elected and appointed to positions of leadership in government, for judges and magistrates, for the welfare of our cities and communities, and for the common welfare of us all, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For seasonable weather, for the fruitfulness of the earth, for commerce and industry, and for the flourishing of the arts and the cause of beauty, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For laborers in their labor, for the armed forces and police who defend us, for medical workers who care for us, and for the noble character of honest work, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For all those in need, for the hungry and homeless, for the widowed and orphaned, for all those in prison, for the mentally ill, for those struggling with addiction, for those who live in solitude, and for all who struggle without hope in Christ to comfort them, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the sick, the hospitalized and the dying; and for the grieving, especially for _____________ and for all those who care for them, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For wisdom to cherish the gift of life, for our care of children and the unborn, for children to be adopted and in foster care, for the protection and care of mothers with child, and for our pursuit of just laws that will extend protection to the child in the womb and the aged in their frailty, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For our communion this day, for hearts led to repentance and faith renewed by the Spirit, and for the true unity of faith that will bear the fruit of unity at the table of the Lord, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the faithful who have loved and served the Lord and now rest from their labors, let us give thanks to the Lord and pray for the day when we shall be together with them, united in His presence forever, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
Finally, for all these, for the Lord to grant us all things beneficial and to keep from us all things harmful, and for peace and confidence in our prayers, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy. Amen.
14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
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.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE