Prayers for Worship February 2014

PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP February 2, 2014
Only those who have open hands can receive.
Only those who have open minds can learn.
Only those who have open souls can be filled.

Penitential Prayer
We admit this morning to the sin of pride
We have difficulty in admitting we are wrong.
We find it so hard to say, “I’m sorry.”
We are eager to think of excuses for our mistakes.
We tend to criticize others in order to make ourselves look better.

Forgive us, Lord, and remove our conceit.

Humble us, and give us a healthy sense of awe before You.

Speak the truth,
but do so in love.
Proclaim the faith,
but do so in humility.
Contend for the right,
but do so in gentleness.

PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP February 9, 2014
Of all who gather here today,
let none be spectators;
let none be critics;
let none be idle onlookers.

Instead, may all who assemble be humble and sincere, eager to participate in the worship of our God and in the pursuit of truth.
Penitential Prayer
We confess, Lord, that at times we have failed to let our lights shine.

We have neglected to perform our civic duties.
We have remained silent when we should have defended the truth.
We have been too busy for acts of kindness.

Take away our darkness, Lord, and make us reflective of Your Light.

Become the light of the world
and the salt of the earth
dispelling the darkness
and preserving the truth.

PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP February 16, 2014
Even though the evil adversary prowls around looking for someone to devour, we come together under the protection of God who resides at the center of our beings.

Penitential Prayer
We confess Lord that, when temptation comes
our way we nuzzle up to it, we sniff it, we get as close to it as possible.

For these failures to turn away
from the devil we beg forgiveness.

Let us go now, determined to give a deaf ear
to the devil’s whisperings and opened minds
and hearts to the Lord’s Blessings.

PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP February 23, 2014
Happy the person
whose faith is strong!

Whose gaze is fixed on the dazzling vision of God in Jesus Christ!

Penitential Prayer
Father, it is not uncommon to hear of people
who claim adherence to Christ
but whose lives are only half-lives,

They speak of brotherhood,
They speak of helping the poor,
They speak of relieving the oppressed,
They speak of many acceptable things,
but they fail in the translation of words to deeds,
Father, forgive us for the half-lives we live.

Reconciliation … peace … fulfillment —
for this we pray in Jesus’ Name.

When we pray in the Name of Jesus,
we pray in the Name of the Head
“by whom the whole body is fitted and joined together.”
We pray with all and for all and in all.

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