Opening Prayer: Missing the Mark

Here’s a prayer of confession and invocation written by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Pastor at the Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield, New Jersey.

Opening Prayer for Worship

Great and Holy God,
we confess that oftentimes we miss the mark.
We mess up. We fall short.
We disappoint ourselves or others around us.
Most of all, we have not done all that you would have us do.

This is why we are here today:
for community that corrects and inspires us,
for worship that lifts our spirits,
for the urgent reminder of your Grace that abounds in our lives,
for the peace that enables us to embody your Spirit of peace.

In this time of worship, O Living Lord, remake us.
In this time of worship, O Holy Spirit, fill us up.
Remind us of our calling.
Grant us the courage to be your people
through the Risen Christ,
the only One who sets us free. Amen.

— written by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, and posted on liturgylink. Visit that site
for other good worship resources.