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.”
Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in Your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. Amen.
4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, “I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” 9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
In peace, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the peace from above and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For Matthew, president of our Synod; for _____________, our district president; for _____________, our circuit visitor; for all pastors in Christ; for all missionaries and church workers; and for all the people of God, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the faithful preaching of the cross, for the Spirit to prepare the hearts of those who hear, and for the proclamation of Christ to bear the fruit of faith, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For works of love to accompany the witness in words, for those who show forth the mercy and compassion of God to those in need, and for the witness of hope in a world of fear and anxiety, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
for all elected and appointed public servants; and for the government and those who protect us, that they may be upheld and strengthened in every good deed, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the health and support of the sick and for the care of those near death, especially _____________ and those we name in our hearts, that they may be sustained in their afflictions, healed according to the Lord’s gracious will and brought to perfect healing in the life to come, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For those who bring offerings, those who do good works in this congregation, those who toil, those who sing and all the people here present who await from the Lord great and abundant mercy, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For favorable weather, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, for our stewardship of the earth and all the resources God has provided, and for the honest labors in which the Lord is glorified and our families and neighbors are served, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For our deliverance from all human and natural disasters, for an end to war and pestilence, and for relief workers in their service to those so afflicted, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
For the faithful who have gone before us and are with Christ, let us give thanks to the Lord, and for us to follow them in their faithfulness, especially under persecution and threat, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.
Help, save, comfort and defend us, gracious Lord.
Silence for individual prayer may follow.
Rejoicing in the fellowship of the saints, remembering God’s mercy and His present help in time of need, let us commend ourselves, one another, our supplications and prayer, and, indeed, our whole life to Christ, our Lord. Amen.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
1 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. 9 For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
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