Prayers For Worship August 2019

August 4, 2019
We have come together because our lives are secure
not in what we own,
not in who we know,
not in how much we earn.

We have come together because our lives are secure
in Him who cares for us,
in Him who fulfills us,
in Him who loves us.

We have come together to worship
Him who calls us.

Penitential Prayer
We have foolishly imagined that the quest for more and more material possessions will bring us to fulfillment.

We have foolishly imagined that our number one need is to be able to say to ourselves …
“My soul, you have plenty of good things
laid by for many years to come; take things
easy, eat, drink, have a good time.”

We have foolishly imagined that the human spirit can somehow escape God’s creative intention to possess it.

We have foolishly overlooked God’s reminder …
“Fool! … Fool! This very night the demand
may be made for your soul.”

Lord, forgive our foolishness.

Blessed are the followers of Christ who, wherever they go and whatever they do, are constantly trying to proclaim to the world …

“There is only Christ!”

August 11, 2019
We turn toward God,
We listen to His Word,
We bow before His Majesty,
We strive to do His Will,
We thank Him for His gifts
We worship Him!

Penitential Prayer
For our lack of hope in God’s promise …
turning toward self instead of turning toward God
listening to the world instead of listening to God
bowing before the glitter of material things instead of bowing before the majesty of God
striving to do the will of the devil instead of striving to do the Will of God
we earnestly beg God’s mercy and we humbly thank God for still another chance.

We go into the world as faithful servants of the Lord who have willingly accepted the gift of hope in the unforeseen.

Let us try to convince our brothers and sisters everywhere that they can expect the unexpected, from a God who keeps His promises.

August 19, 2019
“I have come to bring fire on earth,
and how I wish it were blazing already!”
Jesus is speaking these words to us.
Jesus is calling us to set the world on fire
with His Love!

Penitential Prayer
Because we
close our eyes
close our ears
close our minds
close our hearts
to the Love of God, the world is ablaze with the fires of hate.

Lord, forgive us for betraying our Christian duty to be the
salt of the earth and the light of the world.

“I have come to bring fire on earth,
and how I wish it were blazing already.”

Jesus is speaking these words to us — now —
as we go forth to set the world on fire
with His Love.

August 26, 2019
Blessed are the meek.
Blessed are the lowly who get their strength from putting God first.
Blessed are the humble who gather together
in Jesus’ Name.

Let us stand back …
and make room for God.

Penitential Prayer
We confess our need Lord,

to replace our spirit of mutual exploitation
with Your Spirit of mutual service:

to strip our souls bare so that we may see
our arrogant selves as we really are;

to stand in our uncomfortable desert,
self-accused of sin;

to embrace the spirit of humility,
other-centeredness and brotherhood.

Lord, we confess, as sinners, our need to renew and enrich our lives in this way and by Your Grace.

Blessed are they who go out into the world in complete humility.

God has entrusted His ministry to the lowly people, who cannot be intimidated by the world to do other than His Will.

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