Sunday 4th August 2013 – Pentecost 11C (2)

Whether we are rich or poor,

we turn our ears

to hear the wisdom of the Lord

as His presence invades

all time and space.

We have nothing to fear

when we place our trust in the Lord

for he rescues us from our selfishness

that we might selflessly display

the love we have been shown

in Jesus Christ.

 

In our praise

let us acknowledge

the poverty of our possessions

and the wealth of the creation

the Lord has laid before us.

Sunday 28th July 2013 – Pentecost 10C (4)

God of love and God of mercy,

who blesses our lives

with Your presence

in every aspect and corner,

we praise You for all that we know of You

and all we are still to discover.

We see signs of Your kingdom

whenever compassion is shown to those in need,

and wherever peace breaks through conflict.

As Your people

we hope to demonstrate our praise of You

in the action of living

in the presence of Christ.

 

We pray for those

who today will not have enough to eat

and ask that they may be fed.

We pray for those who are hungry

for love and friendship,

for forgiveness, peace or a sense of purpose;

and ask that that they may be fed.

May all who seek nourishment

find their needs are met,

so that through the gifts they offer to the world,

they may offer the physical and spiritual feeding of Christ.

 

We pray for those who have hurt us

and others.

May Your forgiveness of us

enable us to live as those

who are not driven by our hurts.

Instead call us to a world

that values good relationships.

where people are willing to live in harmony

rather than a community

that revels in the failings of others.

We pray that Your church

may better exhibit the love of Christ,

as we look for the qualities in others and ourselves

that visibly show Christ present in our midst.

 

We pray for those

who feel that they are being tested

in faith and life.

We remember those

who are ill or anxious,

bereaved;

those who face new challenges.

We pray for new parents, and grandparents,

and the families that support them.

May know your strength and guidance,

as Your kingdom is established

in their living.

 

We offer these our prayers,

in Christ’s name.

Amen.

Sunday 28th July 2013 – Pentecost 10C (2)

In words and in silence,

we seek Your presence,

Loving Lord.

For you are a God

who has the cares of creation

within the care and scope

of the workings of Your spirit.

We praise You

for the words

that offer description and direction

of the thoughts that delight and entertain,

and of the care and troubles

that weight heavy within our hearts.

We praise You for the silences

as they allow us to rest

in Your loving care

and draw strength

for all that we undertake in Your name,

or as they offer time for reflection

on who we are still to be

as followers of Christ.

 

In words and in silence,

we bear the sorrow and regret

of those things we have said and done

that have caused hurt and harm,

and those things we have left undone

and have therefore not offered

the reminder of Your presence.

In words,

we remember our selfishness, our ignorance,

our lack of compassion.

In silence,

we seek Your healing and generosity

offered in the forgiveness

that calls us to live

as those who follow Christ.

Amen.