Prayer of Praise: Proper 23A

Here’s a prayer of praise based on two of the suggested scripture readings for October 9, 2011 (Proper 23A, Ordinary 28A).  It was written by Moira Laidlaw.

Prayer of Praise and Adoration
(based on Exodus 32: 1-14 and Psalm 106)

We praise you, O God,
with words of thanksgiving in our mouths and in our hearts—
words which can never really do justice 
to the depth of your care for us. 
We rejoice in your blessings,
yet we so often fail to live up to them. 
Like your people of old,
we often desire to fashion you in our image
or in ways that we can control. 
Knowing these failings of ours as you do,
you still invite us to share your life of grace and abundant love
by being united with Jesus Christ through the power of your Spirit. 
We do not deserve such gifts. 
We can only receive them and respond
because Jesus intercedes for us in our weakness.
May this time of worship and our daily living
proclaim our thanksgiving for these undeserved and lavish gifts of grace.
In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

— written by Moira Laidlaw, and posted on her Liturgies Online website. Check out that site for many other great resources for worship.