Sunday 2nd December 2012 – Advent 1C (4)

Covenanting Lord,

Your promise surrounds us

in the changing seasons

and in the gifts of creation

that nourish us.

Your promise is within us

as the presence of Your Holy Spirit

touches the gifts within our lives

and calls them for Your purposes.

In this waiting time,

may the gifts we offer

encourage others

to wonder at the excitement and anticipation

of your Kingdom in our midst.

Amen

 

Sunday 2nd December 2012 – Advent 1C (3)

Emmanuel,

God who is with us,

with excitement and anticipation we gather

as we wait for Your presence

to be birthed in humility

amongst us.

Hurrying towards the celebration

in this time of Advent

You remind Your people

of the importance of preparation and waiting.

In the weeks ahead

we might think of

all the presents that are to be bought and wrapped;

the decorations that are to be hung;

the cards to be written

and the food to be made.

Your word will encourage us

to prepare our hearts and minds

for the presence of Your love amongst us.

With hope,

You remind that You are already

in the midst of human life.

With peace,

You smooth the anger and antipathy.

In joy,

You are part of our early celebrations

and in love

You touch hearts

not willing to listen to others.

 

God who is with us,

as we look for the signs of Your presence

we are not always willing

to recognise You

in the faces, words and hands of others.

 

When we are dismissive of others

because we feel uncomfortable

or to not agree with others,

may we know Your forgiveness

as it invites us to open our ears and eyes.

As we walk past those

who do not live as we would live,

and ignore those who choose alternative lives to ours,

forgive us

and make us willing to meet You in unusual ways.

 

God with us,

may Your forgiveness enable us

to see your Kingdom

in the ordinary and the extraordinary of life.

Amen

Sunday 25th November 2012 – Reign of Christ the King B – (5)

King of kings and Lord of Lords,

With thanksgiving

we enthrone You in our lives,

for we acknowledge You loving presence

that endures in our lives

at all times and in many places.

In this regal situation

we give thanks

for those who have inspired

Christian faith,

in the past and in this present day.

We praise You for Your influence

in the life of St Serf

as he told stories of Jesus

in the shadows of the Ochils.

We praise You for St Margaret

as she inspired generations

in their worship of You in this place.

We praise You

for others known to us

who have made You Lord of their lives

and then shared that knowledge

in the way they lived.

 

This world is a world

where the truth of love

ruling over life is lost

in the values that put self or one group of people

before the greater needs of the world.

People are ruled by values

that exclude hope.

 

We think of the places where terror reigns,

instead of love and grave.

We think of families caught in the chaos

of domestic violence.

Nations torn apart by war.

Streets where violence stalks young people.

May Christ’s love

find ways to rule across

the boundaries of terror,

and bring hope and light and love.

 

We remember people and places

ruled by sorrow.

We think of those

trapped in cycles of grief

as they miss the love of their life.

Those who bear the weight illness,

and those pressed down by doubt and guilt.

May Christ’s hands

grasp the burdens of life

and carry compassion and opportunity

into vision.

 

King of kings and Lord of lords,

May you reign in all hearts,

bringing the assurance

that faith, hope, forgiveness and love

surround us at all times,

and with the stirring of the Holy Spirit

transform all life,

in Christ’s name.

Amen.

Sunday 25th November 2012 – Reign of Christ the King B (3)

Majestic Lord,

You rule in highest heaven,

and walk amidst Your creation.

The night sky is Your purple robe,

and the stars the twinkling duals

that display the breadth of You care

and the markers of hope You place in human life.

From Your fiery throne

You offer wisdom

in the changing seasons

and the guiding of life;

with justice

You defend the weak

and lift the lowly and humble

that all may marvel

at the demonstration

of Your presence in their lives.

 

Merciful Lord,

in the presence of You might and care

we acknowledge our faults and failings.

In what we say and do,

and sometimes even thought

we shame ourselves,

sadden you

and hurt others.

We leave unsaid and undone

many things that would have brought joy to others

and to You,

not recognising Your Spirit

urging us to offer healing and care

in our activities.

 

Lord in Your mercy,

may we know Your forgiveness.

 

Silence

 

Lord of life,

with forgiveness You offer us all

a brand new day

of opportunity

to share Christ in the lives we lead.

Amen