PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP December 7, 2014
Come, at Christ’s invitation,
all you who have sinned and need to be forgiven;
all you who hunger for life and need to be nourished;
all you who accept God’s abundance and need to give thanks;
all you who experience God’s love and need to give praise.
Forgive us, Father,
if we have blindly followed our own selfish desires;
if we have transgressed against Your Sacred Law;
if we have left undone those things which ought to be done;
if we have done those things which ought not to be done;
if we have remained entrapped in our narrow prejudices;
if we have spurned the glorious freedom that comes in serving others.
Father, we confess our sins, individually and as a community.
Father, forgive us, one and all!
“For I am certain
that neither death nor life,
nor angels nor principalities,
neither the present nor the future,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature
will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Jesus Christ, our Lord”
Jesus speaks to us.
Jesus teaches us.
Jesus comforts us.
Jesus loves us.
Now, Jesus sends us to comfort and to love our neighbors.
PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP December 14, 2014
Enter the house of the Lord, for worship.
Tarry in the house of the Lord, for Light.
Blessed are the enlightened:
they care about the human problems most people ignore;
they speak up for the poor and the oppressed who cannot speak for themselves;
they call for forgiveness when others call for blood;
they give of themselves without asking, “What’s in it for me?”
they are loyal to the Rule of God while others sell out to the idols of pleasure and convenience;
Blessed are the enlightened!
Father, forgive our refusal to see the Light!
Go, in peace —
not the peace of complacency,
nor the peace of indifference,
nor the peace of self-delusion,
nor the peace of nostalgia for a former time.
Go, in the peace of Christ. Go, and serve your brothers and sisters in need.
Go forth from the house of the Lord to testify to the Light.
PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP December 21, 2014
Enter, and have no fear …
His Name is “Emmanuel,”
A Name which means “God is with us.”
Have no fear …
God is with us!
Christmas is coming!
The signs are everywhere!
We have come here on the first day of the week,
to be met by the living Christ.
Enable us, O Lord,
to know His Presence,
to know His touch,
to know His power.
Then inspire us, O Lord,
to share with others
Forgive us Lord for our many failures to experience Your enabling and inspiring Presence.
Beloved brethren —
Go in peace,
Love the brethren,
Pray without ceasing,
Be of good courage,
Keep the faith,
Be filled with the Spirit.
PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP December 25, 2014
“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!
and reflect the Light of the Lord!
“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 responsibility.
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,
PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP December 28, 2014
Blessed are You Father 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.
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 the
members share, and all are free, and in love.
May you proceed from the Father’s house as Jesus did,
growing in wisdom and grace, before God and men.