Prayers For Worship August 2017

August 6, 2017
Greeting (Transfiguration)
Come, let us ascend the mountain.
Let us come by faith;
Let us come with Peter, James, and John;
Let us come with the saints through the ages
To see the glory of God
In the face of Jesus Christ.

Penitential Prayer
Father, we confess today that we have fallen short of the glory of God;
short of the glory of Your perfect righteousness;
short of the glory of Your Image in us;
short of the glory of Your high expectations for us;
short of the glory You displayed on the mountain.

Having fallen short of Your glory, we have only one recourse — to ask You to do for us what we could not do for ourselves; to share Your glory with us, now and for evermore.

Since we have seen the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ,
May others see the glory of Jesus
in the faces of you and me.

August 6, 2017
We are here today for nourishment.

We are here today to receive God’s gift of the
Bread of Life.

We are here today because we trust absolutely that Jesus will not send us away hungry.

Penitential Prayer
Lord, day by day we encounter persons who are
hungry for God, hungry for the Word of God,

Hungry for the compassion of a Shepherd of the Lord to guide him or her to the Bread of Life.

Forgive us, Lord, for our day-by-day failures to feed those who hunger for spiritual nourishment.

Go forth now in complete fidelity to Jesus’

Feed My lambs . . .
Tend My sheep . . .
Feed My sheep!

August 13, 2017
We gather in this House of Healing.

For all of you who are paralyzed by fear,
Crippled by self-doubt,
Blinded by prejudice,
Made deaf by insensitivity,

Come in and be touched by the Son of God.

Penitential Prayer
Forgive us, Father, for not remembering,

that we followers of Christ are supposed to make a difference in the dark and troubled world;

that we followers of Christ are supposed to equip ourselves to go out to serve others, in a ministry of love;

that we followers of Christ are supposed to share in the priesthood of Christ.;

Forgive us, Father, for not remembering.

Will there be a time this coming week when the presence of God’s Grace in your life convinces someone else that the Son of God is in control?

August 20, 2017
Let us come this morning to Jesus,
for the power that healed the sick
and raised the dead
is alive and well in this present hour.

Penitential Prayer
Lord, we are often reminded of how weak our faith is.

We have said “it’s hopeless” much more easily than we have said, “With God all things are possible.”

We have allowed human faithlessness to cast doubt on Your Divine faithfulness.

Restore in us, O Lord, a true belief in miracles and a willingness to expect marvelous surprises from Your hand.

Go in peace.

Expect the unexpected.

Anticipate miracles.

For nothing is impossible to God.

August 27, 2017
Jesus, the Messiah, comes to us in the “gathering”
of the Church.

To know the joy of His coming, to experience His
Presence,our expectation is necessary.

Our expectation is, in a sense, like our praise.

Expectation is part of the bridge of faith that makes it possible for Jesus’ Presence to become real in our lives.

Penitential Prayer
Father, we realize that no amount of bowing and
scraping can, in truth, acclaim Jesus as Messiah
until it signifies deep down life-commitment to
follow the way of the Lord:

to bear His message of peace, justice, forgiveness, New Life and hope into all the nooks and corners of our life’s journey.

For our failure to be Christ’s messenger, Father forgive us.

We accept Jesus as Messiah in terms of commitment. This means following in His footsteps in a ministry of…

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