This week there is a full set of prayers. Below is a Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Offertory Prayer and Prayer of the People.
Call to Worship
Blessed are those
who delight in the Lord
and not in the ways of the world.
Blessed are those
who meditate on the word of the Lord
and ignore the word of hurt and shame.
Blessed are those
who take root
in the living streams of the love of God,
and yield the fruits of justice, mercy and hope.
Let us worship the Lord,
who watches over
the break of day
and the fall of evening;
who guides our fallen feet
to the breaking light of love.
Come let us worship God.
God of Holiness,
In Your presence
we worship You
with awe and wonder,
for You are beyond our knowledge and understanding
and yet part and parcel
of our every day experiences.
In commandment and story
You offer words
of inspiration and love
so that life might be lived
with respect and care
of the creation that surrounds.
You show no favouritism,
but in seeking justice for the poor
and mercy for the alien
You declare Your hope
for a world
that celebrates the diversity of life.
foolishly we do not always value
and instead use them to judge others
or to discriminate.
With angry words
we rebuke others when we do not get our way,
or we seek revenge against those
who have hurt us.
Our lives do not always exhibit
the love of neighbour
that You seek to inspire within us.
As we remember those moments of hurt,
we come with apologies for the division we create.
Lord our God,
in Your forgiveness
You claim us as Your own
and lead us to lives
that speak of You.
Lord of all life,
who makes us gentle and loving,
we offer You the gifts of our hearts:
our prayers and creativity,
the thoughts and activity
of our hearts and hands,
and the blessing of our toil.
We give the best of all we are
and all we have
to the service of Jesus
and the activity of the Holy Spirit.
Prayers of the People
God who searches and knows
every part of our being and our lives
we thank You
for Your interest in our lives.
You seek us out
in the depths of our despair
and in the height of celebration
and in those emotions
You lead us to new understanding
of the world
and those around us.
Encouraging us to question and explore,
You give fresh insight
into how Your kingdom might be known
in the midst of all of life .
Lord of love,
in prayer we respond
to the guidance You have offered us in life
and remember that in word and story
You have shown us the path
that allows humanity
to live with respect for each other
and for Your creation.
We pray for the work of the church.
Sunday by Sunday
faithful people and questioning people gather
to worship You
and to listen for the guidance of Your Spirit.
may Your church grow in its confidence
in serving You,
that in the activity of serving the communities
in which it is placed,
Your presence might bring light and hope.
We pray for all those who work.
For day time workers,
and shift workers:
all who at times struggle
to enjoy the tasks that they do.
May work be more than the means to wealth,
but an opportunity to engage more fully
with our neighbour
and to share our wonder in
the diversity with which we are made.
We pray for those who cannot find work:
for those who find the prospect of the benefits office a strain,
those who have been unfairly treated by employers.
Where we see people struggling
or in poverty,
help us to look for new ways to share
the wealth of the world
that all may enjoy the benefits of Your creation.
We pray for our neighbours,
the people we know and those with who we share the earth.
In a world,
where the way we live endangers the livelihood of others,
may we learn Your gentleness of living
that allows Your love to be seen
when justice is done.