Prayers For Worship August 2020

August 2, 2020
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 failure to feed those who hunger for spiritual nourishment.

Go forth now in complete fidelity to Jesus’ command: Feed my lambs . . .tend my sheep . . . feed my sheep!

August 9, 2020
We come today to commune with Jesus, fully aware of our mortality. We stand together with Him in life, as we walk confidently with Him toward death.

We come today, trusting in His promise that those who lose their lives for Him will gain the fulfillment of life in the Coming Kingdom.

Penitential Prayer
Father, today’s Gospel Lesson tells us that when the Apostle Peter “perceived how strong the wind was, he became frightened” and “began to sink” in the deep waters that lay between himself and Jesus. Because his trust in the Lord had wavered, Peter began to sink.

We confess, Father, that we have done likewise.

Turbulence abounds in the world’s social order and we remain frozen in our fear.
political corruption,
callous indifference,
family dissolution

All of this is wrapped up in our daily TV news package,

We watch … we listen … we freeze.

Father, forgive us for pleading for the damnation of humanity through our silence, our do-nothingness.

Father, forgive our spirit of helplessness, our lack of trust in Your Son’s command to bring love into the world through the performance of His works.

Go forth in the knowledge that peace on earth can be realized only when we begin living for the kind of world that ought to be.

August 16, 2020
We are called to be right with God.

We are called to be men and women of faith.

Come, let us demonstrate our conviction from the depths of our being that God is good!

Penitential Prayer
Repentance primarily means a turning or a changing. Something in our life must change.

Biblical “repentance” means a turning away from rebellion and self-centeredness, and a turning toward union with God and with one another. This cannot occur unless we are willing to admit that we think things or do things that cause estrangement between ourselves and God, between ourselves and other persons.

Father, forgive us for having made our Prayer of Confession a routine, even casual exercise.
Forgive our arrogance in confessing without repenting.

Forgive our stubborn unwillingness to acknowledge the need for change in our lives.

The whole world around us throbs with the life of God,
not only a beautiful sunset,
not only a majestic mountain,
not only a storm at sea,
not only the deep blue sky,
but also,

the wood, the steel, the dirt, the sweat and grime, all the common things we see every day.

Listen to the sounds, smell the fragrance, taste the flavor, feel the growth, submit in awe to the majesty and wonder of it all. Interpret them to the world as signs of a good and gracious God.

August 23, 2020
Jesus, the Messiah, comes to us in the “gathering” of the Church. He comes in a way that is just right for us. 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, a 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

August 30, 2020
The table of the Lord is set.
The food is prepared and ready.
And we are invited, but not to an unrealistic evasion of reality.

We have come to capture a vision of life as it is, and what it is to become.

Penitential Prayer
Father we know that Jesus called the Apostle Peter “Satan” for refusing to face the Master’s imminent death.

Forgive us, Father,
for refusing to face the reality that we all are moving toward death at every moment.

Forgive us, Father,
for saying, “Let’s change the subject; it’s too morbid.”

Forgive us, Father, for our lack of trust in Jesus’ promise
to transform sickness into health,
sorrow into joy,
death into New Life!

Let it be known that God loves each of us.
Let it be known that all, therefore, are worthy of each other’s love.
Let it be known that though we should die, we will come to life.
Let this be known in Jesus’ Name.

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