Prayers for Worship May 2023

May 7, 2023
“Trust in God, and trust in Me”
says the Lord Jesus.

Today, we have come
to trust in Him,
to follow his way,
to listen to His Word,
to experience His life.

Penitential Prayer
Heavenly Father,
We who are divisive, we who are deceptive, we who sow hatred, we who inflict the pain of betrayal, are the bearers of evil fruit.

We ask forgiveness, Lord, for severing our union with You, our true Vine.

We want to reunite with the One, True Source of
Resurrection Power, without which we cannot bear good fruit.

Go now in the knowledge that our works of love in the Lord’s service are necessary and valuable contributions to the fulfillment of God’s Plan of Redemption.

May 14, 2023
Do you feel abandoned?
Hear the Word of the Lord: “If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14).

Are you fearful in your loneliness?
Hear the Word of the Lord: “I will not leave
you orphans. I will come back to you …
And you will live” (John 14:18,19).

Penitential Prayer
Lord, we confess our failure
to welcome strangers
to comfort the lonely ones
to visit prisoners
to help the downtrodden

Lord, we confess that by these failures, we have sown bitterness and anger and resentment in others, which we now pretend not to understand.

Forgive us, Lord, for abandoning those of our brothers and sisters who need us most.

Forgive us for our failure to share with them
the Spirit of God.

Jesus has given us life so that, in the Spirit of God, we might give ourselves to the world. Go, therefore, and
welcome strangers.
comfort lonely ones,
visit prisoners,
help the downtrodden,
love your neighbor.

May 21, 2023
Welcome, disciples of Christ!
of the Fisherman
of the Teacher
of the Healer
of the Messiah
of the Risen Lord
of the One Truth.

Welcome, disciples of Christ,
as we gather to hear His Word.

Penitential Prayer
We are sorry, Lord, for our “sometime” discipleship.
— sometimes too embarrassed to express love
— sometimes too self-centered to share
— sometimes too talkative to listen
— sometimes too stubborn to say, “I’m sorry”
— sometimes too righteous to say, “I forgive you.”

We are sorry, Lord, for our “sometime” discipleship. Please forgive us.

Let us go out, and make disciples of all nations, knowing that Jesus is with us
and tomorrow
and always.

May 28, 2023
Rejoice, the earth is alive,
the air is vibrant.
Rejoice in the season of life.
Rejoice and sing and pray and worship
in the Spirit of the Lord.

Penitential Prayer
Because we have blamed others for our mistakes,
Father, we ask Your forgiveness.
Because we have turned our backs on those we might have helped,
Father, we ask Your forgiveness.
Because we have turned to you only when it was convenient,
Father, we ask Your forgiveness.
Because we have underestimated the true worth of our friends and neighbors,
Father, we ask Your forgiveness.
Because we have turned the truth to our selfish ends,
Father, we ask Your forgiveness.
Because we have tried to do it “our way” instead of Your way,
Father, we ask Your forgiveness.

Fear not the darkness
for a great light shines within you.

Fear not your enemy
for your love transcends his wrath.

Go through the world fearing nothing:
Harming nothing.

Prayers for Worship May 2023

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