Sunday 30th March 2014 – Lent 4C/Mothering Sunday (5)

Adapted from “Clouds and Glory” by David Adams

 

Lord,
open our eyes to Your presence,
open our ears to Your call,
open our hearts to Your love;
that we may give ourselves to You
and walk before You as children of light.

Father,
creator of light,
we remember all who walk in darkness,
all who do not know Your love,
all who are unaware of Your light.
We pray that Your church may shine as a light in the world
and bring all peoples to You, the one true light.
We pray for all who go out in mission,
all who proclaim Your love.

Jesus,
Light of the world,
we pray for all who are caught us in the works of darkness,
those who misuse Your world,
those who have no respect for people or their feelings,
those who deal in wickedness.
We pray for new awareness of all that harms our world,
that a new vision of Your creation may dispel the darkness.

Holy Spirit,
dispeller of darkness,
we pray for those who are blind, or whose sight is failing.
We remember those who’s minds are darkened by their fear,
or who lives in the shadows of their past.
We pray for the healing of the knowledge of past situations,
and we light within the lives of those
who seek only hurt or revenge.

Lord of all light,
We praise You for the brightness of vision
that the faith of others has offered
at times when we have struggled.
We thank You for those who have opened our eyes to Your glory.
May the vision of You
they have placed within our lives
inspire us to new love,
to live in peace,
and to offer hope
in Christ’s Name.
Amen.

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Sunday 30th March 2014 – Lent 4A/Mothering Sunday (3)

Lord of vision,
It is with light and colour
that You demonstrate the breadth of Your love.
It is with care and hospitality
that You meet creation,
as You encourage new life to grow.
Amongst our dry and dusty thoughts,
You are watering and feeding
so that fresh ideas and opportunities
can meet with the needs and talents
of the world around.
Opening our eyes
You offer new images of how our world is meant to be
when You remember
that You are Lord of all that is created.

Forgive us Lord,
for not allowing ourselves
to see the world through Your eyes,
and instead seeing all that surrounds us
through the opinions of others.
We remember those times
when we have thought that appearance mattered,
and judged others because of how they looked.
Help us to forgive those
who have chosen to ignore us
because we did not fit with their expectations.
May we learn
to look with Christ’s eyes
and see the wonder that You have created
in another person
and in the world around.

Silence

Guiding presence of our lives,
You are with us at all times,
restoring our brokenness
with the unfailing assurance of Your love.
Through Christ we discover the constancy of Your forgiveness.
Amen.

Sunday 30th March 2014 – Lent 4A/Mothering Sunday (2)

The Lord is our shepherd
and He has led us here to meet him.
In word and song,
in stillness and noise,
He meets our wants
and restores the inner turmoils
to a settled place of rest within His care.

When shadows darken the horizon
and when we are weighed down
with the sadness of our losses,
the Lord settles around us
to listen
and to comfort,
and to lead us to new ground.

His feast awaits
and within His house
we are assured of His love for ever.

Let us worship God…

Sunday 23rd March 2014 – Lent 3A – Full Set

Call to Worship

Come let us sing with joy to the Lord,

and shout aloud of the hope of salvation.

Come in music and song,

and offer thanksgiving.

For the Lord is good,

and in His hands is all creation.

From mud and clay

he shapes the land, mountain and hills,

pulling the shores from the depths of the seas.

 

Come let us worship and bow down,

for the Lord is our maker,

and in His hands is our eternal care.

 

 

Opening Prayer

Water of Life,

calm and still,

amidst and around,

You offer a place to bathe and reflect,

to soak in all that refreshes and revives

and encourages new life and growth.

In the torrents of rain and storm,

You flood forth Your love,

and at times can seek to bring abut transformation

in challenging ways.

In all of creation

You quench the thirst of the tickley throat

or the dried up root,

and bring clarity of thought to bear

and new vigour in the fruits that grow.

 

Lord of Creation,

at times we dwell within the waters of chaos.

We allow work and obligation

to overwhelm all our activity;

or we are weighed down

by the expectations of ourselves and others.

Sometimes we create storms within the lives of others

as we exert our opinion and ideals

upon all they hope to do.

May You encourage us to stop,

and share a time of stillness

in conversation and shared humanity.

May Your refreshing waters seep within our skin

that with our thirst quenched by You

we may better serve You.

 

Silence

 

Companion at the well,

You have stopped us in our steps

to engage us in conversation

and meet us for who we are.

Help us to treasure who You have made us

and grow further into Christ’s image.

Amen.

 

Offertory Prayer

Ever-generous God,

signs of Your presence

burst into our lives in many ways,

as You soak the dry places of our lives

with Your love.

Refreshed by You,

we seek to serve You

in whatever way You call.

Here we thank You

for all that we have been given

that has inspired our lives,

and in our thanksgiving

we give from our time,

our talent

and the fruit of our labour.

Amen.

 

Prayers of the People

Living God,

Throughout time water has been a fascinating resource.

It is something that we are thankful for

when the earth is dry and dusty,

and when we ourselves are thirsty.

When it pours from the heavens

in a seemingly endless flow

we can be frustrated and anger

because of all the damage it can cause

and the hardship and harm that it can bring to life.

 

We thank you for water,

for the beauty of the running stream,

the refreshing rain,

the growth it brings.

We thank You for the wonder of our land

because of the climate.

Help us always to appreciate

the greenness of the grass,

the pinks and purples of heather,

the yellows of a sun-caught heath.

Encourage us to take pleasure

in resting time,

when wind and storm can push us inside.

 

And from our lush land,

we remember those whose lives are challenged

by too little water,

and remember that at times we have played our part

in the changing texture of our world.

We think of those places

where water is polluted or a limited resource.

Help us to live responsibly

and recognise the little changes we can make

to our own lives

that ensure that Your creation

remains a place of wonder for all.

 

Life-giving Lord:

Quench the thirst of creation

 

There are those who see refreshment in their relationships:

people broken because of treatment at the hand of another,

children who live without the knowledge of kindness or love,

man and women who are another’s commodity rather than s companion.

Enable us in small ways

to speak about injustice and offer compassion,

that the bigger landscape of our world

might be flooded with the knowledge of You love.

 

Life-giving Lord:

Quench the thirst of creation

 

We pray for the deserts created by economics,

and remember those

who find the practices of governments

a challenge to their energies.

We long for fairer systems

where all people know that they are valuable,

and where having enough is prized high

than having it all.

 

Life-giving Lord:

Quench the thirst of creation

 

Creator God,

who pours living water into all of life,

may we know Christ’s presence in all.

Amen