Opening Prayer: Proper 16A

Here is an opening prayer based on three of the suggested scripture passages for August 21, 2011 (Proper 16A). 

Opening Prayer
(based on Romans 12: 1-8, Matthew 16: 13-20, Psalm 124)

Lord God,
Maker of heaven and earth,
we gather together in Your name.

We come as living sacrifices,
to offer You our worship and thanksgiving,
our praise and our prayers.

Come among us, living Lord.
Through the power of Your Holy Spirit,
transform our hearts and minds
so that we may recognize Your presence,
hear Your voice,
know Your will,
and walk in Your way.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ,
our Lord and Saviour.