Prayers For Worship December 2009

December 6, 2009
“The Son of Man comes in power and glory …
Our deliverance is at hand!”
God does not do things “half-way.”
God does not withdraw His promise of fulfillment.
God has begun a good work in us,
and He will finish it in the Day of
the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Come, let us celebrate: our deliverance is at hand!

Penitential Prayer
“Make ready the way of the Lord, make straight His paths”

The Christmas Message is not meant to take
us out of this world, it is meant to equip us
better for life in this world.
The Christmas Message does not offer us
immunity from problems, it offers us a
way to deal with our problems.
The Christmas Message is not an excuse for
abandoning the world, it is the reason for
desire to win the world.
The Christmas Message is not a pious legend
with a moral attached, it is a miracle of Faith.

Forgive us, Lord, for not getting the Message!

Go now, and make the crooked ways straight and the
rough ways smooth so that mankind may see the
salvation of God.
Go, therefore, and witness to your belief in the
Christmas Miracle of Love.

December 13, 2009
Baptism is more than a one-time ceremony of
crying children
smiling parents
and pouring water.

Come and celebrate your life commitment to God
as a Baptism People!

Penitential Prayer
Father, we confess we have broken our baptismal
vows to You.

We have failed to challenge Satan’s poverty, offering
instead excuses for our inaction.
We have actively contributed to Satan’s loneliness when
too often we exile the elderly denying their true humanity.
Father, we are sorry we have let Satan run rampant
in our world.
Forgive us for treating Baptism as only a
one-time commitment.

We came to hear the Lord’s Good News
and reaffirm our baptismal vows in Him Name.
We go now with His Words on our lips
and His Name in our hearts.

December 20, 2009
We assemble as a community at prayer
to test the truth of our involvement in mankind,
to embrace the spirit of repentance,
to renew our awareness of who we are,
to consider with new earnestness what we ought to do
all in the light of the Christmas Message of
peace and brotherhood

Penitential Prayer
For our lack of hope in Your Christmas Promise,
Father, forgive us.

For our lack of trust that Your Word will be fulfilled
For our divisions
For our jealousies
For our hatred
For our lies
For not being peacemakers
For not being brothers and sisters to one another

Lord, have mercy!

Let us go forth in peace
Let us go forth in confidence
that the Lord is with us
until all things are fulfilled,
in Jesus Christ,

December 25, 2009
“Arise Jerusalem, and shine like the sun;
The glory of the Lord is shining on you!”

This is a day of great glory,
for Jesus our Lord has been born!
May we,
and reflect the Light of the Lord!

Penitential Prayer
“The light shines on in darkness,
a darkness that did not overcome it.”

Lord, we confess we often hide our Christian Light.

In the dark times of war,
we do not light the way of peace.
In the pitch blackness of poverty,
we do not show the light of charity.
In the shadows of prejudice,
we do not shine the light of brotherhood.
In the grey areas of society’s laws,
we do not light the flame of Christian morality.
In the colorless void of social indifference,
we do not hold up the candle of Christian

We are sorry, Lord,
that the light in our soul burns so dimly.
We are ashamed of our sputtering flame,
in the presence of Your brilliance.

“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
They lived in a land of shadows
but now light is shining on them”

Go now on this day of great glory
and proclaim the birth of our Lord,
for He is the Light of the World!

December 27, 2009
Blessed are You, Father, in the dreams
and in the dreamers.
Blessed are you in Moses
who dreamed a land of milk and honey.
Blessed are You in John the Baptist
who dreamed a world where people did not
hurt each other.
Blessed are You in Mary, the mother of Jesus,
who taught her Child the dreams of His people.
Blessed are You in Your Son, Jesus,
who dreamed a Kingdom that was like a family feast,
where all the members shared and all were free
and in love.

Penitential Prayer
Lord, every day You give us a new opportunity to grow in Your wisdom and grace through a ministry of service and, day-after-day, we reject it. Day-after-day we turn down one more chance to work Your miracle of Love.

Forgive us, Father, for making light of Your
sacred wisdom and grace;
Forgive us, Father, for treating with disrespect
persons made in Your image;
Forgive us, Father, for shrugging off dreams of
a world where people do not hurt each other;
Forgive us, Father, for giving up on the dream of a
Kingdom that is like a family feast, where all
members share, and all are free in love.

May you proceed from the Father’s house
as did Jesus, “progressing steadily
in wisdom and grace,
before God and men.”

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