A Pastoral Prayer Based on Psalm 33
Our Father, in heaven;
Creator of both heaven and earth. Sustainer of all things.
You, who pour out your grace upon
the great and
the rich and
the good and
Let us sing today out of a heart of joy
for we have been richly forgiven.
Let us sing and make melody
for we have tasted of your enduring love.
Let us praise your name
for by it we have been saved from your eternal wrath.
We confess that our hearts often do not agree with the praise of our lips,
and so we ask that the Spirit work in such a way that our hearts and lips do not contradict.
Father, you sent us your Son
that we might become your children.
You poured out your wrath upon the Cross of Christ
that we might see your love for us.
Your raised Your Son on the third day
that we might have life that is truly life.
May our confidence today not be in ourselves,
but in Jesus Christ.
May we lean upon the work of the Holy Spirit,
that we would hear the Word of God that is preached
and receive it as holy
and be instructed in your ways.