Sunday 27th April 2014 – Easter 2A (5)

Lord God, our Father,

we bless and praise You,

for the mercy You have shown

by offering new life and new hope

in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

You offer an inheritance

that is unfading in its promise

of Your presence in our lives.

 

We give thanks for all who,

though they have not seen,

have placed their trust in You.

In a world where doubt prevails,

we remember the fears of an Upper Room

that were cast aside by Your presence.

As we encounter Your presence

help us to trust Your risen power

as it shows signs of hope

to the world in which we live.

 

We pray for those who face persecution

because of their faith.

Enable them to be bold in all they say,

as they are challenged

by the doubts and inconsistencies of others.

We remember those whose faith is shown

in the care they offer,

and remember the work of agencies like

the Red Cross and Christian Aid

who seek to bring Your presence

to the lives of others

in the new life and peace

that they bring to troubled areas.

 

We pray for those who doubt Your presence

because of the circumstances of their lives,

as all they have known is lost

because of poverty or warfare,

or at the hand and greed of others.

We remember the people of the Ukraine,

who have questions of all governments taking an interest in their situation.

May your presence

bring words of peace and hope

to the lives of those who live in the town,

and to the voices of those

who seek to hold the power.

 

We pray for those who hide away

because of guilt and fear,

and who are afraid to venture our

lest they be harmed or cause harm.

May Your presence

bring healing from past hurts,

old wounds,

and continuing illness.

 

Lord, wherever doubt seeks to invade,

may Your love be revealed

in the life of the world

and Your presence in our lives.

Amen.

Sunday 27th April 2014 – Easter 2A (3)

Lord of the impossible,

in miracle, wonder and sign

You are to be found.

For You are the Lord

who has risen from death.

You are the Lord

who waited for those who had abandoned You

to come looking

and offered them the assurance of Your peace

upon their lives.

You are the Lord

who looked for those who were afraid and terrified

for they thought they had let You down

and set their fears aside

with the joy of Your presence.

You are the Lord

who listened to the questions and the curiosity

and allowed for touching and seeing

that new faith might be stirred.

Miracles,

wonders,

signs,

not always great activities that gather crowds.

Instead they happen in intimate moments,

when Your Spirit invades

so that we may know more of You.

 

It is a miracle

that You place so much trust in humanity,

for we do not always find it easy

to follow in Your footsteps.

We do not bring peace to the lives of others,

but war and outrage.

We can turn moments of joy

to vengeful encounters,

and grow impatient with the curiosity

and questions

of those who do not meet our expectations.

As we wonder at Your nature,

help us to be more forgiving and

more willing to listen and value the opinions of others.

 

As those who live in the shadow of Your forgiveness,

allow our lives

to show signs of Your presence in our lives,

as we offer love and hope

in the name of the Risen Christ.

Amen.

Sunday 27th April 2014 – Easter 2A (2)

How might we meet the Lord this morning?

Not in fear,

for we know God’s love.

Not in hurry,

for The Lord sets a place for us.

 

Let us meet the Lord rejoicing.

Let us rejoice in His presence with us

during the night time of our fears;

for the wise words He has whispered

that have brought us new knowledge.

Let us rejoice

that in the safety of the Lord’s embrace

our sorrows have been heard,

and His comfort seeks us out.

 

Let us rejoice in the Lord

who lifts is from doubt

to cries of praise.

Sunday 20th April 2014 – Easter A (4)

In town and cities across this world,

this morning has been full of “Alleluias”

as people of all ages

have voiced their praise of You,

God of Easter.

These praises are for the surprise

of knowing You

as You free Yourself

from all we tie You to.

 

For while we see You as the God of our families,

You roll away the stone of boundary

and show us the family beyond our homes.

The unnamed men and women

who will cross our paths,

and with whom You invite us to engage.

We thank You

that Your family extends

to a worldly family,

where different cultures and practices

throw open the possibilities

of what we may learn about You.

 

Risen Christ

MOVE AMONG US

 

As a new day dawns and a new week lies ahead

we praise You

for the potential that awaits,

the new directions our study, work and leisure time

may offer us.

The goodness

that we experience

in the fulfilment of our desires and ambitions.

 

But on this holy day,

full of joy,

we are also drawn to the emptiness of Your tomb

and think about those

whose lives

seem empty

as they cannot see the seed of love and life

You have placed within them.

 

Risen Christ

MOVE AMONG US

 

We pray for those who praise You

in the midst of the turmoil of their world.

Those who have not made it to Your Garden of new life

because they remain caught in the moment

of Your loss from their lives.

We think of those who live with the fear of war,

the loneliness of bereavement,

and the anxiety of ill health.

May they call Your name

and meet You

in the midst of their tears

offering them hope and comfort

that all is not lost.

 

Risen Christ

MOVE AMONG US

 

Amen.