Sunday 24th August 2014 – Pentecost 11A

This week an Offertory Prayer and Prayers of the People

Offertory Prayer

Transforming Lord,

in word, healing and forgiveness,

Your love moves what is known of You

from collected knowledge

to heartfelt action, conversation and compassion.

May what we give

in time and talent

reveal Your presence in our lives

bringing renewal to those

who long for change.

Amen.

 

Prayers of the People

God of strength and hope,

we build the foundation of our faith

upon our understanding

of Your love revealed in the Gospel

and in the lives of others.

We praise You for the certainty

that we have encountered

in those

who have spoken of Your presence

or revealed You

in their compassion and struggle for justice.

While uncertainty can shake our foundations,

we thank You for the reassurance

of Your leadership

that moves from what is not possible,

to the little actions that make a difference.

 

Giving our bodies, minds and souls to You,

we bring the differences

of who we are and our abilities,

that in Your love

they might be united

to offer new ways to reveal

the presence of God

in all life.

We praise You for our diversity,

for within this congregation

you create moments of discourse

that lead to new understandings

as we review politics and social engagement.

We praise You for the diversity of denomination,

each congregation

telling something different,

old and new,

of the breadth, height and depth

of who You are.

Lead us to a unity

where we learn to appreciate our diversity,

and bring glory to Your name.

 

Living God,

This world You created

is diverse in talent and ability

and yet some feel undervalued

for what they bring to life.

Help us to appreciate the gifts of others,

so that all may find a way in which to serve.

We pray for those who have found their place in life,

who enjoy the work they do,

for those excited with new qualifications

that will take them onto new courses

or new places of work.

We remember those who find their work dull and routine,

those seeking work, or their place in the world,

and those facing redundancy.

 

We take for granted

the foundations of education, health and food sustenance,

rocks on which we grow

both physically and in knowledge.

May we in acknowledging all we have

continue to seek ways

for all people

to live in a just and fair world,

where the accepted rights we enjoy

are available to all.

 

Help us to build peaceful foundations

in the conversations we have.

In urging politicians and governments

to offer leadership,

may our prayers also inspire them

to find common humanity

rather than focus on dividing issues.

 

Lord,

who changes our weaknesses

to the strengths of heaven,

as we pray for those who are weak, lost, rejected or betrayed,

may Christ embolden us

to serve as those who have been made whole in His name.

Amen

Sunday 17th August 2014 – Pentecost 10A

All prayers from me this week.   A Call to Worship; Prayer of Approach, Confession and Supplication; Offertory Prayer; and Prayers of the People.

 

Call to Worship

Come praise the Lord

for His graciousness

and the light He shines upon all life.

Come praise the Lord

as His presence touches the earth

and leads us to salvation.

Sing songs of joy

because the Lord is just

and guides the leaders of the earth

into right action.

Praise the Lord

as the earth yields her harvest

and offers the Lord’s blessing

in all life.

Come praise the Lord.

 

 

Opening Prayer

Lord of all creation,

in the day and in the night

Your love and grace

pour forth in equity

on all that You have made.

In equal measure

You seek to bring justice,

and in human hearts

You are tearing at the walls of division

that we create

so that all might gather together

to worship Your Holy Name.

You who love male and female,

friend and stranger,

offer reminders of the uniqueness of each individual

and the purpose they share

as they encounter the story of Christ –

for each person, each gift

finds its place and completion in Your presence.

It is our desire to be unique

that can keep us from our respect of others,

 

Challenging Lord.

We are quick to judge the others,

and slow to change our opinions.

We allow our voices to power over others,

rather than listen

to the other point of view.

We seek Your forgiveness

for the crumbs of our gifts that we offer,

rather than allowing our faith, life and worship

to overflow with all that You have bestowed within us.

In Your forgiveness

may we be moved to heal the wounds we have caused,

and allow the glory of Your presence to shine in our lives.

 

Silence

 

Merciful God,

even when our faith is lacking

You call us forth to serve You

with every gift that You have placed in our lives.

Amen

 

 

Offertory Prayer

We praise you, all-embracing God

for the diversity

of our gifts and talents.

In the offering we make this day

from our lives and of ourselves

may we sense Your invitation

to serve You in new and old ways

that allow others

to sense the presence of Christ in their lives.

Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the People

Creator God

we praise You for the wonder and fullness of our lives.

Each of our days

is full of opportunity

as we encounter other people,

take advantage of technology

or enjoy the peace and calm

of the world around us.

With thanksgiving

may we take note and celebrate

all each day brings.

 

In living with a spirit of thankfulness

may we discover

the crumbs of life

that others find their daily existence.

Help us to more aware of the needs

of our community

and the wider world,

rather than to indulge our selfishness and extravagance.

 

Lord, we pray for those

for whom crumbs will be this days meal.

We remember those who have been displaced

by the unrest within their lands,

and we think of those whose crops have failed

or not as successful as they hoped.

In recent days

our thoughts will have been with the displaced if Iraq

and the confined of Palestine.

As these stories reach our hearts,

may they also challenge our imaginations

to work in Your name

for justice to reign.

 

Lord in Your mercy

HEAR OUR PRAYER

 

We pray for those

who are harshly judged

or who experience prejudice.

Young and old, male and female at times

find that they do not fit the preconceived notions

of individuals, groups and companies.

Discrimination of race, colour or creed is not just the pattern

of some far off land,

but is experienced by those

we know or meet.

May we learn to value

the gifts and talents

that others may bring to our lives

rather than noticing what makes another different.

 

Lord in Your mercy

HEAR OUR PRAYER

 

We pray for those

who feel alone in their situations,

whether they be bereaved, unwell, or uncertain of work.

We remember those whose mental health

marks them as different,

that in they might find peace

from all that disturbs them

and that we might offer hope

in the love and care we share.

 

Lord in Your mercy

HEAR OUR PRAYER

 

God,

who makes a space at His table for all,

we thank You for those who in death now sit

and feast in Your love,

and through whom

You have spoken of Christ’s love.

May our lives reflect the breadth of Your nature

that others may be embraced by Your Spirit.

Amen

Sunday 10th August 2014 – Pentecost 9A

This week there is a Call to Worship and a Prayer of Approach and Confession.

 

Call to Worship

Love and faithfulness meet together

in the Lord’s gift of goodness.

Preparing the way of righteousness

His steps lead towards peace.

In the glory of the Lord’s presence

let us not fear the mistakes of our live,

but instead in awe

dwell in His presence

assured of His salvation.

Let us worship God.

 

Opening Prayer

O God,

You search each on of us,

and know the inner workings of our hearts.

You are the Lord,

who dances in our celebrations

and rejoices in our achievements;

You are the Lord

who shares our tears of sorrow

and consoles us in our failings;

You are the Lord who inspires hope,

lifting us from the anxieties

that threaten to surround and overwhelm.

In the hullabaloo and ballyhoo

of what each day brings,

Your Spirit’s presence prompts and guides

that all our activity

may show signs of Your presence

for our own encounter

and for the shaping of the world around.

In the stillness of worship,

in the quietness of the early morning

or in the tranquility of the failing light of night,

You settle around our thoughts

and blow away all that holds us back

to see the possibility of Your promises.

Afraid to let go of the familiar

or our own ambitions,

we hide in the noise

and away from Your presence.

Forgive us for our pride

and encircle us with Your humility.

As You remind us of compassion,

may we learn to forgive others

for the wrongs we feel have marked our lives.

In the silence of this place

may we listen for the still, small voice

that offers solace,

but also challenges our present way of being.

Silence

From our solitude and individuality

You draw us into Your community

where our knowledge of Jesus Christ

might shape our faith

for Your purposes.

Amen.

Sunday 3rd August 2014 – Pentecost 8A

This week you will find below a Call to Worship, an Opening Prayer (Approach, Confession and Supplication) and an Offertory Prayer.

 

Call to Worship

The Lord’s open hands

welcome all.

Lifting those who are weighed down

with cares of their own,

and worries for the world,

the Lord offers satisfaction

that meets

the emptiness

of human need.

 

Rich in love,

the Lord reaches out with compassion

to all that has been made.

Faithful to the promises made with creation,

the Lord

hears the cries of those in need of rescue,

and in love watches over them.

 

In songs of praise,

in words spoken and unsaid

let us praise the Lord’s holy name,

and the abundance of His grace.

 

Let us worship God.

 

Opening Prayer

Thirsty and hungry,

the crowds gather round You,

Abundant Creator.

For You are the life-giving water

that quenches

the deepest thirst for knowledge of You.

You are the nourishing bread

that satisfies

the hunger for compassion.

These gifts You offer

come without cost

to those who need,

as instead they assure

of the promises You have made

with those

who seek to follow.

Your invitation

to settle at Your feast

gives voice

to the splendour and abundance of Your love.

 

At times we have come hungrily

to feed on Your word and love,

ignoring the needs of those around us.

Our ears have been closed

to the cries of the hungry,

the weeping of the mournful,

the sighs of the lonely,

and the pain of the wounded.

When the pictures of others hurt and injustice

flash before our eyes

it is difficult to ignore

that we have not voiced our concern

or offered needed care,

and for our ignorance

we seek forgiveness.

In the restoration of our lives

may we offer signs of Your compassion

and grace.

 

Silence

 

Gracious and compassionate Lord,

rich in Your love

You draw all to Your presence,

and in all life offer signs of Your promises.

In Christ’s life,

You offer forgiveness

and send us out to serve.

Amen.

 

Offertory Prayer

God of abundance,

who feeds the hungry

and quenches thirst,

what we offer form our lives

so often seems so little

when we look at the world around.

Yet You take the little we offer

and invite us to see

that wonder of Your works

as new life sprouts in forgotten deserts,

and the love of Christ

reaches out to those in need

of compassion and justice.

Amen.