6:00 p.m. Prayer and Scripture
Welcoming Prayer: Celtic Prayer….
I weave a silence on to my lips,
I weave a silence into my mind,
I weave a silence within my heart.
I close my ears to distractions,
I close my eyes to attractions,
I close my heart to temptations.
Calm me, O LORD, as you stilled
Still me, O LORD, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease.
Enfold me LORD in your peace. Amen.
The Reading Lesson: Proverbs 2: 1-15
O God, we are desperate for you. We long to be in your presence and have come here tonight seeking to be closer to you.
Hear us Lord as we pray seeking wisdom and guidance…
Hear us Lord as we pray seeking healing and wholeness…
Hear us Lord as we pray seeking comfort and understanding…
Hear us Lord as we pray seeking forgiveness and peace…
Hear us Lord as we pray offering thanksgiving and praise…
Holy Father, we have lifted up to you what is in our hearts, believing that you will hear both our pleas and our praise. Help us to truly trust in you as we say, thy will be done; and genuinely appreciate our bountiful blessings that you have showered upon us. You are our Rock and Redeemer Lord and we are your people; Praise be your Holy Name. Amen.
May the peace of Christ be with you as your day winds down and may you rest soundly tonight in the comfort of his loving arms. Amen.
3:00 p.m. Prayer – For Each One’s Needs (William Barclay)
O God, our Father, there are no two of us here with the same need. You know our needs. Bless us as each one of us needs. Specially bless those who are in the middle of some specially difficult time:
Those who have some specially difficult task to face or some specially difficult examination to sit;
Those who have some specially difficult problem to solve;
Those who have some specially difficult decision to take;
Those who have some specially difficult temptation to resist;
Those who have some specially baffling doubt through which to think their way.
Speak to those who are
Evading some decision;
Shirking some task;
Putting off some duty;
Playing with fire;
Wasting their time;
Throwing away their opportunities.
Tell them that they dare not bring shame to themselves and disappointment to those who love them.
Speak to those who are successful, that they may be kept from all pride and self-conceit; speak to those who are too self-confident, that they may not be riding for a fall; speak to those who are too sure that they are right and too sure that everyone else is wrong, that they may be kept from intolerance. Help those who are shy. Remember those who are in disgrace and in prison, and keep them from despair.
The blessing of God be on us all now, and stay with each one of us always. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 18:1-6
O God, you have said that you are specially near to those who are childlike in heart. Give us
A child’s trust, that we may never doubt your love;
A child’s wonder, that we may be lost in wonder at the beauty and the bounty of the universe and at the miracle of your love for us;
A child’s love, that we may love you as a child ought to love a father:
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Help us, O God, at all times to do the things we ought to do.
To that end give us,
that we may know what to do;
to embark upon it;
to find a way through all its problems;
to bring it to its appointed end;
to resist all the temptations which would seek to lure us aside.
So help us to begin, to continue and to end all things in you.
9:00 Prayer – Prayer for the Start of a New Week
God of new beginnings, we confess to you that we are intensely aware of our frailties and failings as humans.
We also acknowledge that we are utterly dependent upon you for all that we have and all that we are able to do in this day… in every day...
We humbly ask you to guide our steps throughout this week.
Help us search for and find ways to serve as instruments of your peace in this tumultuous, sin-savaged world. Help us to be a blessing to others.
Please help us choose actions that are just and merciful; and, fill us with your Holy Spirit that we might be empowered to walk humbly with you each step of the way.
Please bless those whose names flow from our hearts to your throne. Provide for each of these according to their needs.
Accept our thanksgiving for your sustaining grace in our lives. Thank you for being the Giver of every good and perfect gift we have received. Help us to bring you pleasure by enjoying these gifts. Help us, also, to honor you by being good stewards of all you have placed in our care. Above all, thank you for the indescribable gift of your Son to be our Lord and Savior. Please give us the faith, courage, grace and wisdom we need to follow Him each and every day. Amen.