Prayers For Worship July 2019

July 7, 2019
Hear the Word of the Lord!
The Reign of God is at hand.
Hear the Word of the Lord!
New life is for now.
Hear the Word of the Lord!
Eternal life has already begun.
Hear the Word of the Lord!
Death and evil are conquered.
Hear the Word of the Lord!
You live in Resurrection Time.
Hear the Word of the Lord…
And then pass it on!

Penitential Prayer
Heavenly Father,

How often it appears that the structures of this world depend upon our acting on a level beneath the dignity to which You are calling us!

How often it appears that we are unmindful of our capacity to seek Your glory above our own!

How often it appears that we are unaware of our calling to be living reflections of Christ, our Model our Savior!

How often it appears that we are uncommitted to the ministry of love to which You have appointed us!

How often it appears that we are less than devoted to our mission of sharing the Good News that the “Reign of God is at hand!”

Heavenly Father,
for our lack of dignity,
for our mindless drifting through life,
for our lack of devotion to building Your Kingdom of peace and brotherhood,
for our failure to be Jesus’ true disciples,
we ask Your merciful forgiveness!

We go in the certain knowledge
that we are made in God’s image
and, that we are destined for fulfillment
in His eternal service.

July 14, 2019
What shall we do to inherit everlasting life?
We shall love God with all our heart and soul and strength
We shall love our neighbor as ourselves.

We have come, therefore, out of the desire for union with God and neighbor both.

Penitential Prayer
We confess to being more concerned with formulating definitions of “neighbor” than being neighbor;
We confess to being more concerned with pie-in-the-sky holiness than down-to-earth religion;
We confess to being more concerned to hold ourselves up as superior to the world than to embrace the world.

Forgive us, Lord, for not remembering that until the Kingdom comes in its fullness, You are present to us in this working, sweating, suffering, itching, yearning world.

Our Christian goal is not ultimately to define neighbor but to be neighbor. We go in confidence, therefore, that by the Grace of God in Jesus Christ, we can be what we are intended to be: a good neighbor.

July 21, 2019
We have “chosen the better part.”
We have gathered together in Jesus’ Name.
We have come
to listen,
to learn,
to share.

Penitential Prayer
Lord …
because we have not been open to Your Presence,
because we have not been sitting at Your feet,
because we have not been listening to Your Word,
because we have not been choosing the better part,
we beg Your pardon and we ask Your forgiveness.

Having chosen the better part,
having gathered in Jesus’ Name,
having listened to Jesus’ Word,

we can begin to break down the barriers that divide us,
to build a New Community of brotherhood,
to live in the Peace of Jesus Christ,
because we have learned that it is possible!

July 28, 2019
Jesus is calling us to a whole new attitude
toward prayer;
toward God.
“Abba” … “Father” … “Our Father,” we pray.

Our Father …
gives us life
shows us mercy
loves us infinitely.
Come, let us worship Our Father. Hallowed be His Name!

Penitential Prayer
Heavenly Father, oftentimes we are unwilling to
seek Your guidance,
want Your guidance,
pray for Your guidance,
but we are more than willing to
offer You guidance.

Heavenly Father, we are more interested in
giving You information
rather than
receiving Your Light.

Heavenly Father, oftentimes we are bent on
telling You what to do
rather than
doing what You tell us to do.

Heavenly Father, forgive us for our non-prayers.

Our Heavenly Father is high above all nations;
His glory is above the heavens;
He raises the poor out of the dust;
He lifts the lowly to the higher places;
All praise and glory to the
Heavenly Father of us all!

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