Call to Worship
From the safety of our slumber,
the Lord has called us to be here.
When the darkness has clouded our thoughts
and the hopes of tomorrow,
the Lord has led us step by step
from all that clouds us
to encounter the light of his presence.
In the presence of the Maker of heaven and earth
we are assured of His unfailing care and love.
Maker of heaven and earth,
You are to be praised for the dawning
of this new day.
You are to be praised
for the sun above our heads,
the rain that brings new life,
the winds that blow through the old
to offer new insight and possibility.
We praise You for the sleep
that rested our imaginations and thoughts
and allowed time for repair
within our bodies and our hearts
While we bring our praise to You
here within this holy place,
may our praise of You be heard
with every footstep we make,
and in every conversation we have.
Guardian of our lives,
in our waking thoughts
we are aware that we sometimes find the journey
to Your holy hill difficult.
We struggle to lift our eyes and see Your view
because of the shame and embarrassment
we feel because of things we have said or done,
or even the actions in which we have failed.
At times our feet slip
as long held ideals of justice and peace
do not always shape the way in which we live.
For all our failings
we are sorry,
and seek Your hand to lead us in new ways.
Lord of highest heaven,
forgiveness is offered to us all
as the Good News of your Son Jesus Christ
shapes us for each day
and places Your love at the centre of our lives.
Offering and Dedication
You have blessed us in our darkness
with the light of Your presence.
Bathing in Your light
we view ourselves and our world
and discover the touch of Your hand
upon who we are, the journey passage we have made,
and all we hope for the future.
In our thankfulness for Your guiding presence
we give from all we received from You:
in the time we offer
may service of You gift others in their need;
in the skills we share
may your kingdom seep into all of life;
in the giving from our wealth
may the wealth of Your love be shared.
Bless all we give,
and in Your blessing
may others discover Your presence in all of life
Prayers of the People
God of Abram and of Nicodemus,
we thank You for the times in our lives
when we have been assured of Your companionship
on the journeys that we make.
We thank You for Your patience
as we ask questions to better our understanding
or when we struggle with the all You ask us to do.
We thank You that each of us is different,
and that for some
trusting You even when the answer is uncertain is possible,
while for others
every ’t’ has to be crossed and every ‘i’ dotted
if they are to let go of all that is familiar and trust.
Sitting in the dark
of the troubles of the world
we come to You,
Lord of light
that You might shine into the life of the world
offering compassion and hope
across each symptom of our world.
We pray for our own congregation,
and people known to us.
We thank You for the fellowship shared yesterday evening,
as people took a step of faith
to meet You in new ways
and discover You at work in the wider church.
May we be faithful in the choices we make
as we continue to serve You each day.
We pray for our Presbytery
as it makes plans for the Crowning event next weekend.
May those taking part
enjoy discovering Your story in the lives of other.
Stir the darkness of lives outside the church
that they might be pricked with curiosity
and encountered to take a step into Your light
as they discover that worship is more than a Sunday activity
but voiced in the care of others;
the cries for justice;
and concern for the world.
We pray for those who live in the darkness
of poverty and war.
Remembering the people of the Ukraine
we long for a light in discussions
that allows peace to settle in Crimea.
Remembering the people of Syria,
we hope for light
that brings safety and security to the lives
of communities torn apart by war.
We pray for those who live in the darkness
of ill health,
of troubled minds.
Help us to remember those
who cannot control their thoughts and imaginations
as they live with mental illness.
Lift the blinkers from our own eyes
as we fail to recognise
that just because we cannot see the symptoms
does not mean that someone struggle with their living.
May Your light
make us a more compassionate and caring world
where working with our neighbours
is seen as a sign of strength
and not a weakness in our own abilities.
may we rise from prayer and follow You.
may we walk out of the darkness of our questions
and into the light of Christ’s presence.