Prayers for Worship March 2011

March 6, 2011

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 criticize others to make ourselves look better.
We often close our minds to the opinions of others.
We pretend to know, when we really don’t.

Forgive us, Lord, and remove our conceit.

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.

March 13, 2011

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.

March 20, 2011

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
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,
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.

March 27, 2011

Like the Lord Jesus, we have
come to give our all.

We come together as Christ’s
women and men for others.

Penitential Prayer
Lord, although we have listened to Your Word
about following Your example of
caring and compassion for others,
we haven’t really taken the
message to heart.

For our callous indifference to
the hurts and needs of our
brothers and sisters,
have mercy on us, oh Lord.

Go forth from this place of worship
out into the community where people
need the healing touch of compassion.

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