Sunday 26th January 2014 – Epiphany 3A (5)

Lord God,

who calls to us

across the stirring waters of life,

we praise You for the light

You have cast into our experiences.

We thank You

for leading us from our doubt

to placing our trust in Your;

for the experience we have gained

from sharing work and fellowship with others.

May all we undertake to do in Your name,

give voice to Christ’s presence.

 

Lord of light,

we praise You for those in who

we have encountered the Gospel.

we thank You for Sunday School teachers and Youth group leaders.

We thank You for the receptionist

and the checkout operator.

We thank You for the fellow bus passenger,

and the passer-by on the pavement.

In every encounter with others

may we find Christ in our midst,

bringing light to conversations and cares.

 

Shine into the dark places of our world.

On this first Sunday in Homelessness Week,

may we remember those

who find themselves in the darkest places of their lives.

We pray for rough sleepers,

who face dirty and dangerous conditions;

for parents, children and old people

who are deprived of basic needs

because of no safe place to live.

 

Lord in your mercy

HEAR OUR PRAYER

 

In hope

we pray for changes to government polices

so that all may know the safety

of a home.

We pray for changes to knowledge

so that those who live differently

are no longer demonised or dismissed,

but instead noticed as vulnerable

and in need of help.

 

Lord in Your mercy

HEAR OUR PRAYER

 

Lord of light,

we give thanks for those who have brought light to our lives:

for family and friends,

and the communities of which we are part.

May the light of Your love

seep from our lives

and touch those in need.

We pray for the unemployed and the redundant;

for the world’s poor and the hungry;

for all who live in anguish.

 

Lord in Your mercy

HEAR OUR PRAYER

 

We rejoice with those

who now behold Your face in glory

and know the fullness of Your love.

May their faith mark our lives

and draw us closer to You

in Christ’s name.

AMEN.

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Sunday 26th January 2014 – Epiphany 3A (3)

Lord of light,

Into the shadows and darkness of chaos

Your voice calls,

inviting Your creation

to know the Creator.

In the midst of darkness and death,

You offer comfort and hope,

so that the light of the future

may lead us towards Your kingdom.

In Your embrace

we find that we are not abandoned,

but instead embraced and loved.

With power and authority

You chase away the challenge

to our peace and stability,

and then with gentleness and warmth

assure us of Your enduring love.

 

Wonderful Counsellor,

may we listen to Your wise words

and take heed of Your example.

For we admit that while we long to be bearers of Your light,

at times we take ourselves

to the dark places of our hurt and anger

and lash out

at those who are caught in our grasp.

Hear us as we remember the harsh words,

spoken, written or thought;

hear us when we have no patience

for those we share our lives with;

and hold us

when we have to bear

the blows of pain

inflicted by another’s situation.

Hear us and forgive us.

 

Silence

 

Prince of peace, Everlasting Father,

there is no end to Your love and grace,

as it call us to justice

and upholds us in the assurance of forgiveness.

May we be encourage by Your zeal

for humanity

to know Your present in all of life,

through Jesus Christ.

Amen

Sunday 26th January 2014 – Epiphany 3A (2)

Captured by Your light, O Lord,

that leads us to Your door,

we take up Your invitation

to live within Your house.

Here may we encounter the beauty

of Your creation.

Here may we know that we are safe,

from out that worries and concerns us.

May the Lord lift up our heads

in songs of praise

and prayers of mercy.

 

Making music of thanksgiving

let us not be afraid of the Lord,

and instead know that

He remembers us.

 

Sunday 19th January 2014 – Epiphany 2A (5)

Lord our God,

You call to the very heart of our lives

with a purpose for each of us:

may we find our ears open to Your call,

our hearts open to Your love,

and our minds open to Your purpose.

May our lives respond in thanksgiving

to Your presence with us,

as we give ourselves into Your service.

 

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

we give thanks for our calling of us.

For in calling us,

You have built a relationship with and around us,

shaped by love,

and encouraging us to serve,

Help us to live as those

worthy of Your call.

 

This morning we pray for those

who have heard Your invitation

to “Come and see”.

In this early part of a new year,

we remember those

who are seeking something new for their lives,

and have ventured into places of faith

in hope of discovering something new about themselves

and about Your presence in the world.

We pray for those who are thinking about becoming part

of a church or faith community.

We remember those

whose call is to become more involved

within their church community,

and hope that they find that their talent and skill is welcome.

We pray for those who find the invitation

to come and see,

taking them from their church community

out into the world

where they might help those

who are in need of God’s love and support.

 

Lord as we come to see the world in Your name,

we look with compassion upon our world.

Open our eyes to look beyond the familiar and safe,

and open our hearts and minds

that with imagination we may discover new ways

of reaching into the world.

 

We pray for those affected

by the death of Mikaeel Kular,

for the strength of community that gathered together to search

and that now shares the pain of loss.

We give thanks for the compassion You encourage

as we struggle with understanding.

 

Lord,

help us to accept Your invitation

to come and see Your love in action,

as it works to build a community

where all are valued and respected;

where leaders of our nations and communities

are disturbed and questioned

when they fail to bring about a better world for all;

where those who teach

inspire the imaginations

of young and old.

Help us to live as those

who have seen Christ’s world,

and are courageous enough

to accept the change it invites.

Amen

Sunday 19th January 2014 – Epiphany 2A (4)

Inviting God,

You amaze us with grace

that calls people like us

to share in Your work

of making known the Good News of Christ’s presence

in the world in which we live.

You capture us in Your net

of love and hope,

and then release us

into a new way of living.

As we bring our gifts today,

may You use

the way we live

and the events of our lives

so that others may meet You

reflected in the moments and relationships

of encounter.

In Christ’s name.

AMEN.