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Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Thirst

Calls to Worship on Thirst

Wilderness Prayer 

 Inspired by Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14-16

God of the Ages

Our Deliverer and Provider

We bow in humility before your grace

 

You feed us with the divine

Your word

Your body

 

You quench our thirst with living water

A stream in the desert

 

You guide our feet through snares and snakes

 

You free us from slavery to sin and self and shame and death

 

You lead us the long way to holiness and home

 

Grow in us wholehearted allegiance

that our blessing and devotion may never waver

that we may always recognize and trust your desire to do us good

Amen

 Wilderness Prayer © 2017 by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com


(Prayer of Adoration)

Loving God—Father Son and Holy Spirit— 

we come today as thirsty people  

to You who are the Spring of Living Water.   

We come as hungry people  

to You who are the Bread of Heaven.   

We come as sinful and lonely people  

to You who are the Friend of Sinners.   

We come as confused and lost people  

to You as our Counselor, who is the Way, the Truth,  

and our Pole Star.   

With Thomas, we call Your our Lord and our God— 

the giver of peace, the source of hope and the reason for our joy;  

and that’s why we praise You.  

That’s why we worship You. 

 

(Prayer of Confession)

However,  … sometimes we forget who You are  

and begin to worship ourselves instead:  

trusting our wisdom and strength more than Yours,  

following our wants and desires more than Yours,  

stealing for ourselves the honor and glory that’s Yours alone.  We’ve loved ourselves too much,  

others too little and You hardly at all.   

 

Forgive us.   

Help us to change—to think differently, to speak differently, 

 and to act differently.   

 

Now, in the quiet of these moments, hear the cries of our hearts  

declaring what we’re too ashamed of to say aloud: (silence). 

 

(Assurance of Pardon) 

Hear the Good News – Jesus Christ came in to the world to save sinners, like you and like me.  By His grace active in your faith in Jesus as savior and Lord, I declare as true that you are forgiven and free from all your sins. Alleluia!  AMEN.  

Richard Herman