Prayers For Worship January 2021

January 3, 2021
As we worship at the threshold of eternal things, the very doorway of heaven, let us leave behind everything that would make us stumble, and enter with expectant joy.

Penitential Prayer
Forgive us, Lord, for doing the right things at the wrong time.

When we should have listened, we talked; and when we should have talked, we were silent.
When we should have been strict, we were lenient; and when we should have been lenient, we were strict.
When we should have been firm, we vacillated; and when we should have been gentle, we were harsh.
When we should have been patient, we hurried; and when we should have been prompt, we were slow.

Forgive us, Lord, for doing the right things at the wrong time.

May the Providence of the Father who
hovers over you,
the Presence of the Son who stands
beside you,
and the Power of the Spirit who lives
within you,
be the strength of your life.

January 10, 2021
Dear baptized Christians,
women and men,
parents and children,
sons and daughters,
brothers and sisters,
sinners and potential saints,
Christ calls you to serve others. Can Christ count on you to be of service? Come, and give your answer!

Penitential Prayer
Lord, we who are Your baptized people,
have acted like turncoats;
have acted as though we knew all the answers;
have lost our taste for the Holy Spirit;
have lost our zeal for Christian mission;
have lost our spirit of loving service.

Nevertheless, Lord, we want to make a new effort.

We want You to know that You can count on us.

We want to accept Your forgiveness, because we want to keep on trying!

We came to hear the Lord’s Word
and reaffirm our baptismal vows in His Name.
We go now with His Word on our lips,
and His Name in our hearts.

January 17, 2021
In Jesus, our Messiah, God is present among us.
Through Jesus, our Messiah, God assures us that we are never abandoned;
From Jesus, our Messiah, we will learn where we are going.
But, in the Name of Jesus, let us all admit that we need direction.
Speak Lord, Your servants are listening!

Penitential Prayer

We have listened only after deciding in advance what You had to tell us;

We have been guilty of selective tuning, letting in Your message of comfort and security, but shutting out Your message of responsibility and commitment;

We have refused to recognize Your voice in the cries for help transmitted through throbbing, suffering, living flesh;

We have turned off to Your solemn declaration that, “Whatever You do to my brothers, however humble, you do to Me.”
Father, for these sins of pride and disbelief, we beg Your mercy.

Go forth now …
full of joy and the Holy Spirit,
boldly proclaiming the Good News:
Look! There is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world!

January 24, 2021
This is the time of fulfillment!
The reign of God is at hand!

Reform your lives!
Believe in the Gospel!
Follow Jesus!

Penitential Prayer
God, our Father, we admit that we have failed to be the followers of Christ you want us to be.
When duty has called we have shirked it.
We have defended our actions with excuses.
We regret our failures.
We regret those mistakes which cannot be changed.

We surrender them to You. Save us from being tortured by them. Release us from their yoke, so that we can move forward into the future unafraid, knowing that even if we fail, Your help which comes to us through Jesus Christ, is never out of reach.

Each of us is called to follow Jesus in his or her own unique, individual way. Jesus knows our limitations and our capabilities and guides us accordingly. Jesus knows where He is leading us, but we must follow.

Take up His Cross
and follow Him!

January 31, 2021
“Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach … And His teaching made a deep impression on them because He taught them with authority” (Mk. 1:21,22).

Be alert and attentive so that you also may
become spellbound by His teaching.

Penitential Prayer
Father, we know that Your Son Jesus did not remain a little baby, but grew in wisdom and stature, teaching in the synagogue, asking and answering questions.

As followers of Your Son, we too wish to grow in wisdom, and in the knowledge of Divine Truth.
But we acknowledge that all too quickly after Christmas our enthusiasm for worship and study fades.
We often come to Your house to be
entertained rather than to be challenged.
We find ourselves applying the sermons to other people rather than to ourselves.
We allow ourselves to be slaves of the clock, and the parking lot.
Forgive our inattention to our worship experiences.
Forgive us, Lord, instill in us the desire to learn and to grow, to stretch our minds and our faith, and to grasp more completely the truths of Your Divine revelation.

May you advance
in wisdom.

May you grow
in faith,
in hope,
in love for God and man.

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