07-07-08 Pastoral Prayer

I was the worship leader at the 7:45 AM service this morning at Resurrection. This is a service that is held in Wesley Covenant Chapel, which is the space that was the first worship space that was constructed for the congregation. It has been through several iterations as building has progressed, and is now a beautiful worship space. Here is my prayer from the weekend. Thoughts? Comments?

Pastoral Prayer

O God, you are the source of all the blessings in our life. We seek to make our hearts aware of your presence and love so that we can sing your song. We praise you for your never ending forgiveness.

There are times this week when we know that we have lived against the way that you would have us live. These things range from a brief thought that crosses our mind, to acting out anger, lust or greed. Forgive us for the ways that we hurt others and ourselves. Forgive us for the ways that we have disrespected your creation. Forgive us for believing that we are at the center of the world and not you. We confess to you now in silence these things and other sins that we are aware of from this past week.

Forgive us O, God, free us for joyful obedience through jesus Christ our Lord. We are daily in debt to your overflowing grace and love. Bind our hearts to your will for our lives and your dream for creation.

Thank you for the ability to act in a way that can change the world. Thank you for this community of faith in which all of us are seeking to become deeply committed Christians. We pray for the audacity to live in ways that lead to transformation – transformation of the world, of our community and of ourselves. Help us to be conspirators for good. We pray for strength to address the issues which face us, our families and our communities:

  • Parents who are unable or who choose to not spend time with their children.
  • Families broken apart by divorce, apathy, death, or illness.
  • Poverty – in Johnson County, Kansas City and around the world.
  • Climate change – that has been a result of actions of the human race.

O God, heal these wounds. Lord Jesus, bind us up with your love. Holy Spirit breath into us new life.
Show us how to live as we ought to live. Send us into your world to be agents for change. We pray all these things in the name and in the power of Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray together

Lord’s Prayer