Opening Prayer: Almighty God, You have set me free from the bondage to sin I have been subjected to. Help me to choose to live the new victorious life only you can give. Amen.
Read: Psalm 23
Reflect: You are probably very comfortable with this passage. Is there anything that particularly resonated as you read it? Take time to reread the psalm, feel the comfort that comes from the Lord’s watchful care over you, and sense the joy of the Lord’s pleasure in you.
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself.
Hymn: “Abide with Me”
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide.
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day.
Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away.
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou can changest not, abide with me.
I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my Guide and Stay can be?
Trough cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.
I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still if Thou abide with me.
Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee.
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.
Closing Prayer: To the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. (Romans 16:27)