Sunday 27th October 2013 – Pentecost 23C (3)

First service – based on Psalm 84

How lovely is Your dwelling place,

Lord God Almighty,

for in this place

our hearts are awakened

to the wonder and beauty,

the need and creativity

of the world around.

Every living creature finds a home

where they might shelter,

and give life to new energy.

With songs of praise,

creation seeks Your blessing.

 

Lord forgive

our faint hearts

that are not always ready 

to make the pilgrimage

through life.

The storms of relationships 

leave us apart from those You have asked us to love.

The failings of others

sometimes leave us hurt,

and unable or unwilling

to offer commitment that leaves us vulnerable.

 

Lord God Almighty,

You hear our prayers

and listen to our sorry tales,

and yet look upon us with favour.

Yoour forgiveness allows us to be blameless,

as You invite us only to trust in You

as we find You in Christ.

Amen.

 

Second Service – based on “Promises”

God of Promise,

Each day and night

You remind us of Your promise

to love our world.

As the sun rises

we are to find You

in time to play and work,

and in sharing life with friends.

At the day’s end,

the darkness allows for us to sleep,

and rest and grow.

With the many colours

of our world

You put a rainbow around us

that speaks of Your love.

 

As we come to church today

may we listen for your love

retold in words and song,

and in the time we share with others.

Amen.

 

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