Friday, July 24, 2009

Prayers for the 8th Week in Pentecost

The watchword for the week: The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. Psalm 145:13

Gracious God, we seek only to give you praise
To lift our hearts to you so that we may learn of your never ending love.
We are a distracted people
Too often we follow the whims of our fantasies, and the ways of our culture.
Call us back to you
So that we may know you more clearly, and walk in the light of your path.

Psalm 145:10-18

10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you.
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power, 12 to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.

14 The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Let us confess our Sins:

God of all people, we know your love to be steadfast, gracious, and merciful. We know you to be one who is slow to anger, whose compassion is given to all of humanity, and one who is faithful in all your words and deeds. As we look at our lives and the failed attempts to be anything like you are, we confess that sometimes we want to give up. You are too wonderful for us and we don’t deserve your graciousness. We thank you that your love for each of us is based not on our ability to perfectly reflect your ways but rather on your steadfast love. Hear our confession, know our hearts, and bring us home to you.

Hear the gracious words of our Savior, “Your sins are forgiven, go and sin no more. Give praise to God!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Take time now to read the Daily Texts for the day. After praying the written prayer, lift up to God those persons and places that need God's helping hand today. When you have finished your prayer, continue as follows:

O Lord, hear us now as we brothers and sisters in Christ pray together.

Creator of all humanity, we call you Holy, and seek to worship you all the days of our lives. We pray that the ways of your heavenly kingdom may be made real in the world that surrounds us. May the bread that we need for today be made available for us and all who are hungry; and may you forgive us, just as we are able to forgive those who have sinned against us. In the time of moral testing, may we listen first for your voice calling to us, instead of the call of the world; take from us the self-centeredness of our society. This world, and all that is in it, always has been and always will be yours, help us to lose ourselves to you and your kingdom. Help us to find who we truly are as we walk in your light. Amen.

We as children of God seek to follow in the ways of God.
We acknowledge that God’s way is faithfulness and abounding in grace.
We confess that we often find it hard to extend grace to all people in our lives.
Loving God, we ask that your Holy Spirit guide the words of our mouths and actions of our lives so that they might be more closely aligned with your love and grace.
Our world needs God’s presence, and God asks, “Whom shall I send? Who will be my messenger?
And like Isaiah, we respond: “I will go. Send Me.”
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen.

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