The household gathers together. If you have a candle, light a candle to signify God’s presence. Ask the Holy Spirit to join you during this time of prayer.

We will give thanks to you, O LORD, with our whole heart;
we will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

HYMN – „Love Divine, All Loves Excelling“ by Charles Wesley (1747)
Lyrics and music available on YouTube –

OPENING PRAYER by Nancy C. Townley
Saving God, we come to you this day from times that are hectic. We are pulled in many directions. Open our hearts to receive you. Deliver us from the temptation to just give up and flounder in the rough waters of life. Reach out to us with your strength and power and bring us closer to you. Amen.

PSALM 17:1-7, 15

Moment for silent reflection

MATTHEW 14:13-21

SERMON from (click here)

We are not alone, we live in God’s world. 
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating;
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new;
who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God. 
We are called to be the church:
to celebrate God’s presence;
to live with respect in creation;
to love and serve others;
to seek justice and resist evil;
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope. 
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us. 
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

O Compassionate God, we come this day like the crowds who followed Jesus, seeking nourishment for our souls. We are eager to be filled with hope. We hunger and thirst for the word of truth, but our lives are battered by anger and hostility. Our hearts are filled with concerns for family and friends, for our country and our world. We don’t see how we can be of help to others. Sit us down, as Jesus seated the multitude. Calm us down, as Jesus reassured the disciples that all would receive care. Lift us up, as Jesus encouraged others to reach out in compassion. Give us hearts of confident faith in your presence, O Lord. Place your hands of healing on the many situations which we name at this time with our voices and in our hearts.

We pray for…..(insert individual prayers)

Lord, we ask your merciful goodness for these situations and these loved ones. It is in Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen.

The Spirit sends us forth to serve. Go in peace, knowing that God will always be by your side in all that you do. Go in love, offering healing and hope to others. Go in joy, that others may be lifted and inspired in service. Amen.