Sunday 1st June 2014 – Easter 7A (5)

Risen and ascended Lord,

You have not weighed us down

with the weight of life’s losses,

but have instead lifted us to new life,

that reveals Your glory

in the wonder of our world.

Risen in our midst,

we thank You for the new opportunities

that have touched our lives;

for friendships

that have reminded us

that we belong to You;

for the burst of inspired thought

that has taken us in a new direction.

 

Risen and ascended Lord,

as Your church

we raise our eyes heavenwards

so that we might catch sight of You

in all that surrounds us.

When we lose our focus on the mission

of living as Your loving presence,

may Your Spirit lift our thoughts

from the selfish need for survival

so that we might better reveal Your glory

in the service of our community and world.

 

Risen and ascended Lord,

raise the aspirations of governments and world leaders

as they seek the best for the communities

for whom they care.

As new members of the European parliament take on their new roles,

may they be encouraged

to take heart from the similarities that unite

and listen for common ground in disagreement.

 

Risen and ascended Lord,

we pray for the downtrodden of our world.

We pray for places in our world

where class, faith, gender and caste divide.

We pray for the families

of the two girls raped and murdered in India,

that they may find comfort and hope

in the midst of their loss;

and we pray for the perpetrators

as they live with the consequences of their actions.

We pray for Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan,

and long for the news of her release to be true.

May we be inspired by the courage and strength that she has shown

as she places her trust in You.

 

Risen and ascended Lord,

we pray for those laid low

by their circumstances:

the bereaved and bereft;

those who are ill;

those who find life a struggle.

 

Risen and ascended Lord,

we rejoice with those You have welcomed

to Your side,

and while our eyes might follow them to heaven,

let us live by the example of faith they have shown

and give You glory in the lives we lead.

Amen.

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Sunday 1st June 2014 – Easter 7A (3)

Lord of humble beginning,

Lord of the story,

Lord of healing,

Lord of the cross,

Lord of Resurrection,

Lord of Risen glory,

our prayers ascend to You this day

with praise of all that You have made

in the work of creation

and the activity of Your Spirit.

In awe we gaze upon the wonder

of Your presence in our lives,

and yet You are the Lord of humility.

You are not some distant, lofty, unengaged deity,

but instead the God in the midst of all human life.

You listen to the anxieties and cares,

and stand alongside those who suffer.

You bring healing and relief,

and in word and touch

offer encouragement

or new direction,

that all might know Your grace

as they walk.

 

When we stand erect and proud,

forgive us our foolishness and self-centredness.

Remembering the words we have spoken,

and the words left unsaid;

remembering the hurt we have caused

in action and inaction;

remembering the carelessness of all we have thought;

we recognise that so often we fail

to live in the humility You have shown,

and so we place our lives into Your hands

and in our sorrow seek forgiveness.

 

As we seek You in the world around,

may we be restored by Your grace

to lives that offer signs of Christ’s presence

in all we do in His name.

Amen

Sunday 1st June 2014 – Easter 7A (2)

Once the scattered people of God,

blown by the wind,

melted by fire,

as the burdens of our lives took hold,

in the presence of God

we are made new.

A people of rejoicing.

 

In our joy

may we sing praise to God,

and casting our eyes heavenwards

may we ride across the sky

and catch a vision

of the world

through the eyes of the Lord.

For His vision

tends to those who are lonely

and replaces them at the heart of a community;

it leads prisoners from the dark recesses of their lives

to new beginning in HIs presence;

it marches through the wastelands

and beings life and vigour to scorched earth

and sodden plains.

 

For in the vision of God

we see the bounty that bring relief to the poor,

downtrodden and cast aside.

 

May our worship proclaim God’s power and strength

in the tending of His people.

 

Come praise the Lord!

 

Sunday 1st June 2014 – Easter 7A

After two weeks off because of the General Assembly and then struggling with a bad dose of the cold, I’m only just settling back into work mode.   This will be disrupted again during next week as I head to different climes for 4 days.   But hopefully normal service will be resumed by the beginning of August.

 

God of glory,

raising our eyes heavenwards You lift us from short-sightedness.

When life is fraught and tired, or unsettled by the seeming lack of opportunity,

You draw us towards a heavenly perspective

that invites us to step back and take in the view that we might find You.

With new vision, may we step out in Your name and bring change to those in need.

Amen