Prayers For Worship September 2020

September 6, 2020
Honor the Lord with your gifts!
Honor the Lord with your deeds!

Honor the Lord with your voices!
Honor the Lord with your very presence!

Penitential Prayer
Father, we confess that we so often make a mess of our
relationships with other people.

We may condemn unfairly by judging others before
we know all the facts.

We may be far too sensitive about insults and criticisms.

We may have harbored a grudge against a rival, a
relative, or a neighbor.

We may be refusing to speak to someone who was
once a friend.

We may be carrying a secret distaste for a father or
mother, brother or sister, husband or wife.

We may be bitter against someone who cheated us.

We may have said we have forgiven, while in reality
we have not.

May you be:
slow to speak
and quick to hear;
slow to judge
and quick to approve;
slow to criticize
and quick to compliment;
slow to condemn
and quick to forgive.

September 13, 2020
God sent His Son into the world
not to condemn the world,
but so that through Him
the world might be saved!
God sent His Son into the world
not to condemn us
but to save us.

Praise God for this Good News!

Penitential Prayer
Father, we confess the inadequacy of our love:
Scripture tells us You so loved the world
that You sent Your only Son,
not to condemn
but to save!

Father, truly Your love is vast
but mankind’s love is frequently preempted
by thoughtless condemnations,
by vengeful acts, by hateful

Father, forgive us!

Go out into the world in love:
hold fast to what is good,
return no person evil for evil,
strengthen the weak,
support the poor,
honor all your brothers and sisters,

Go out into the world in love
and live as men and women in Christ.

September 20, 2020
Happy is the person
whose God is Lord,
whose way is right,
and whose destiny is sure.

Penitential Prayer
Lord, we know that many times in this past week and
even in this past hour we have sinned against You.

We have done those things that we knew were wrong,
and we have failed to do those things that we knew
were right.

Sometimes we have hurt other people, and at other times
we have simply failed to help them.

Sometimes we have taken that which was not ours, and
at other times we have failed to share what is ours.

Sometimes we have been actively unjust,
and at other times we have simply said nothing in the
midst of injustice.

For both the sins of commission and the sins of omission,
Father, forgive us.

May you be
pure in thought,
courageous in deed,
steadfast in loyalty,
and warm in affection.

September 27, 2020
All you who labor in the Father’s vineyard, come,
and receive your work orders for the week ahead.

Penitential Prayer
for our false promises,
for our constant complaints,
for taking “coffee-breaks” in the vineyard when
there was work to be done,
for failing to carry out Your instructions,

Father, we humbly beg Your merciful pardon.

Go now, there is a work to be done.
Lord, what a work!

And the laborers — the faithful laborers — are few!

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