God of blessing,
Our lives are blessed
in many ways
as we enjoy the comforts and luxuries
we take for granted.
You have blessed us with relationships,
and we enjoy the myriad of possibilities
to engage with others,
meeting You in the unexpected conversations
We are blessed with education
offering skills not just for our own use
but for the enhancement and advancement
of our world.
You encourage us to be blessed by hope,
that even when we think
there are no other options,
with You there is a new adventure
to long for and be inspired by.
You have blessed us words and the gift of language.
There is great beauty to be found in words
as we marvel at all that can be said
to express our own lives,
the life of the world,
and the Divine presence.
You call us to more than words,
to explore our faith in action
that others might be met with Your Good News.
Here in Church,
and in our church groups,
we use words and language
that we hope allow us to express
what it is we love of You,
and what You hope to find within human life.
We value the Scripture
and our hymns,
and sometimes we forget that words can be excluding.
May we find many words
to speak of You.
Help us to open up Your story
so that others might feel they belong
and play their part in Your kingdom being present on earth.
In whatever world we inhabit,
we are conscious that professions use particular words,
and add meaning to them.
There are those who feel battered
by the weight of legal words,
as the communities they are part of
find little compassion or hope
in the lives they are to live.
In a world where tough choices are to be made,
help those who form governments
and make laws
to shape communities
where all feel they have a place and are valued.
and those who have wealth,
the words and the way we use them
bring power and responsibility.
We may not think that what we say or do matters,
but the choices we make
affect the vulnerable of all kinds of community.
May we take our faith to heart
and allow the words of Christ’s story
to challenge our decisions,
that in our living our of the Gospel,
our communities are raised to new beginnings
shaped for justice.
offered justice, respect and hope.
They also touched lives with compassion.
With words people were healed
and restored to life
and to those they loved.
Enable us to speak words of compassion.
Where we encounter the lost, lonely and bereaved,
may our words welcome them to God’s love.
As we wipe the tears of the sad and the dying,
may all we say
point to the presence of God.
In our faith,
may we never doubt the power of the words
and may we choose to live them every day.