Sunday 28th April 2013 – Easter 5C (5)

Loving God,

who created a world of difference,

where colours compliment

and talents combine,

we thank You for all that makes each of us unique.

Even in the struggle

to get alongside others

we praise You

that we discover more of Your world

through the eyes of those

who challenge our perceptions

and understandings.

 

May we find new understandings

as we look beyond ourselves

and think about the world we live in.

 

We pray for those who find themselves

at odds with the world in which we live,

and in the community of which we are part.

We remember

those who struggle with ill health that separates them

from community;

those who are homeless and kept outside

the walls of comfort;

those who live with mental health issues

as they create barriers in relationships.

May the tears be wiped,

as we listen to Christ calling

to reach out of what we believe to be safe.

 

We pray for those

who live at odds with the political system.

We remember refugees,

who have fled their homes

looking for safety,

leaving behind families and belongings;

and we think of asylum seekers,

uncertain of how they will be received

after the treatment they have received from other governments.

May their tears be wiped

as they meet Christ’s compassion

in new places of shelter and welcome.

 

We pray for those

who are placed at odds

by the communities they live within.

We pray for places in the world,

where women are not treated with respect

or valued for their contribution to the world;

for places where your family name or caste

decides your status in the community

and so some are not considered worthy or important.

May their tears be wiped,

as Christ’s justice reaches into their lives

and assures all

of their value to God.

 

We pray for those at odds with themselves,

and remember those who feel

that they are a burden to their families.

We remember those

who are elderly,

or unemployed,

or frustrated with their lot.

May their tears be wiped,

as Christ’s hope offers signs

of what is still to come.

 

We pray for each other,

for Christ wipes all our tears of frustration

and encourages us to celebrate

the breadth and height of His kingdom

and the welcoming love He demonstrates

in the Good News He shares.

Amen.

 

Sunday 28th April 2013 – Easter 5C (3)

God of beginnings,

Rejoicing in the newness of this day

we have gathered as Your people

to worship You.

Living amongst Your creation,

You offer sins of Your love

in all that surrounds.

You are to be found

in the little signs of Spring

that promise warmth for our skin

and for the growth of plants and animals;

You are found in the comfort offered

that cheers the dark, damp days

and wipes the tears

of those who feel alone.

In the glimpses of Your kingdom

You inspire hope

in the life of those

who seek to know and love You.

 

God of endings,

You are always patient with us

as we fail to listen and be changed

by what we know of Your love.

When we exclude others

from knowing Your love,

You take us by the hand

and lead us beyond the boundaries

that we create

that others might encounter Your generosity.

You challenge our expectations and prejudices,

and offer forgiveness

in the diversity of discovering

that we belong to You.

 

May Christ’s blessing

call us to be inclusive

and welcome all

who long to encounter You.

Amen.

 

Sunday 21st April 2013 – Easter 4

This week I am joining the Youth Group to chat about what a parish is.   This means that someone else is leading worship.    I’m doing the Prayers of the People at the first service and the Time to Talk at the second, so I offer you the only prayer I’ve written this week.

 

Praise and glory,

wisdom, thanks and honour

belong to You, O Lord our God,

for You have called us to be Your people

and find our wholeness and blessing

within the embrace of Your love.

We praise You

for the opportunities

to serve You,

and for the still moments of worship.

 

Day and night we offer our prayers to You,

and in the shelter of Your Holy Tent

we offer the cares and concerns

of our lives, hearts and world.

 

We pray for those

who hunger for love:

for those who feel alone

or separated from those they love the most;

and for those who long

to feed others with love

so that harmony

might linger in our relationships, community and world.

 

We pray for those

who thirst for wisdom and knowledge.

In an ever changing world

may the thirst of humanity

be quenched by Your presence,

as Your story informs, shapes and guides

the decisions

that those in positions of leadership may make.

 

We pray for those

who have felt the heat

of the sun upon their lives.

Our thoughts and imaginations were captured this week

by the events of Boston.

We remember those who were caught in the bomb explosion

and have found themselves hurt physically and mentally.

We remember those who have been bereaved.

And we remember that else where this week,

bombs have exploded

and earthquakes have shaken

and others have lost life or limb

in Afghanistan and China.

 

You are the Shepherd

at the centre of our lives,

and we look to You to lead us

to the resources

that refresh our lives

and allow us to offer care and compassion

in Your name.

Where we encounter the bereaved and the sorrowful

may we offer then Your words of comfort,

and may Your Spirit wipe the tears

from their eyes

as they take strength

from Christ’s presence in their lives.

Amen.

 

Sunday 14th April 2013 – Easter 3C (5)

God who sustains us

We give You thanks

for meeting our needs each day.

Each morning, noon and evening

we are fed with sustenance

that nourishes our physical presence,

and with the presence

we praise You.

In dawn, day and dusk

You feed the hunger of our hearts and souls.

For some that offers the assurance of love;

for others it is the instigation to get involved;

while for others it is the whisper of relaxation.

We thank you

for the differing ways we have been called to follow You,

and that difference is important

for it offers the breadth of Your nature to view.

So we thank You

for the bright flash of light

and voices from heaven

that have called some to faith,

and we praise You

for the slow burning flame

and the ancient stories told

who form a community

that have stirred generations to believe

fellowship and church are important.

 

God of community,

open our eyes

so that we might see the world as You see it.

We pray for those who are blinded by hatred,

from children in playgrounds,

to work colleagues,

or warring nations.

May Your love burst boundaries

and allow new perspectives on each situation.

 

We pray for those in need of healing.

We think of those

who find their relationships with others are strained

because they feel they have let someone down,

or are hurt and angry

because of the actions of another.

May Your love bring hope

to the despair

that has cast a shadow across the future.

 

We pray for those who seek Your grace,

as we remember those who make judgements

about the lives of others.

We remember those who make decisions

that will have impact upon the life

of individuals and communities.

May Your truth challenge prejudice

and offer a new vision

of the burdens of others lives.

 

We pray for those who long for tenderness,

and pray for those who matter most to us.

Remembering family and friends,

we know those who are bereaved,

unwell, or alone.

We know those we miss from our community,

and long to welcome back.

May their faith in You

allow them to wander in their doubts

to find new signs of certainty

that Christ’s presence is with them.

Amen.