Prayers for Strength

March 22nd, 2011

Call to Worship

Christ has called us to this time of worship.
We open our lives to Christ’s grace.
Bring to Christ your hurts and hopes.
We have come to be shaped by the Spirit of Christ into the body of Christ.

Prayer of Confession

O Lord, we confess that we have often failed in our witness to your love. We have been timid when we should have been bold. We have caused division in the human family. Our sin is ever before us as we have rejected the stranger and taken shelter in our fears. Forgive us, we pray. Once more we ask that you make us into a community worthy of the name of Jesus. Lead us, Lord, that we might bring our lives to the noble work of transforming the world to live your will in all things. Amen.

Words of Assurance

In the name of the risen Christ, you are forgiven.
In the name of the risen Christ, you are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

Benediction

Go forth into the world to be the transforming presence of Jesus. At work, at home, at play, may the grace of Christ sustain your witness. You are the church, the body of Christ. Go in the strength of Christ and know that because of you others will come to know the love of Jesus. Amen.

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