SAMPLE prayers from Week 2
CALL TO WORSHIP
One: In the midst of difficulty, the Lord sets a table of rejoicing for us.
All: Though the world seems focused on turmoil, we will still praise God!
One: Our lives can be witnesses to God’s goodness and grace.
All: Our hearts can encompass compassion and service to God’s people.
One: Help us to be your workers and witnesses in today’s world, O Lord.
All: Cultivate habits of gratitude among us as we worship. Amen.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
All: Gracious God, we acknowledge the truth that it is easier to repeat destructive habits than to practice life-giving ones. Heal and forgive the ways we tear each other down. Inspire us to take small steps in gratitude. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
One: In Christ, we find forgiveness. In Christ, we find hope. In Christ, we experience the transformation of gratitude. In Christ, be assured and at peace. Amen.
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
One: Lord of bounty and blessing, we come to you today in gratitude for all that we have been given. Give us more moments of gratitude in the midst of our messy lives. Bless each of us here, that we may become true blessings to others. Amen.