Sunday 30th November 2014 – Advent 1B

This weekend you will find below a Call to Worship and an Opening Prayer.   I’m still getting used to sharing worship with someone else, and it is a real struggle to let go of the prayers not co-ordinating together.   Hopefully these will work for someone else.

Call to Worship

Watching and waiting
for signs of the Lord’s presence
we look to the trembling of mountains
and changing patterns of the sky.
Expecting the dramatic,
the Lord brings hope
in the silence and the stillness
of waiting with us.
Noiselessly
the Lord embraces
the sorrowing
with the promise of what tomorrow may bring.
Whispering words of courage
the Lord leads
those who feel imprisoned by their lives
to places of freedom.
Gently tearing at the frameworks
of our lives
the Lord lays the foundations
for justice to be established
in all of creation.

Let us call on the name of the Lord,
and know the presence of God
in the faces of the people we meet,
and in the wonder of our worship.

Let us worship God.

Opening Prayer

Hear us,
O Shepherd of Creation,
for we gather with the cherubic and seraphim
to worship You.
In You graciousness
You have set Your presence in our midst
that we might be saved from ourselves.
In love,
You placed Your Son,
Jesus Christ,
into the heart of all human life.
With word and action,
caring and compassion,
anger and challenge,
He made clear the ambition
You had for the world.
Speaking words of hope,
those who had felt crushed
by the world of which they were part
found the possibility of a new tomorrow
a clear signal of Your love.

Our words to others
and even to ourselves
are not always full of hope.
So often we use words
to hurt,
to belittle and undermine,
to prove ourselves superior,
and in doing so
we make no place for Your story of love
to be told.
We turn to You
that in Your forgiveness
You might lead us to the light of Your love
and restore us to You path.

Silence

God Almighty,
restored by You
may we faithfully play our part
in reviving hope in the world
that all may know Christ’s presence.
Amen.

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Sunday 23rd November 2014 – Christ the King

A few weeks since I posted, but this week an opportunity for me t do everything.   Last time before Christmas!   Below you will find a Call to Worship, a Prayer of Approach and Confession, and Offertory Prayer and Prayers of the People.

Call to Worship

Come,

Sing for joy to the Lord.

Come,

shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

In the presence of the Lord,

let our music and song

tell our our wonder.

 

For the Lord is high above

all creation and all beings.

The depths of the oceans

and the mountain peaks,

the refreshing seas

and the dusty earth,

all telling the story

of God in our midst.

 

Come,

let us bow before the Lord our Creator.

He is our God,

and we are the people of His Care.

 

Come,

let us worship God.

 

 

Opening Prayer

King of glory,

Your wisdom inspired

the creation of the mountain peaks

and valley depths,

and in the free flowing of water

and the rippling breeze

Your presence is felt

honing and smoothing

as You continue Your masterpiece.

Unfinished in You eyes,

Your loving touch soothes

the rough, unspoken thought

that every part

of what You make

may work towards a harmony

that demonstrates

the breadth and length

of Your being.

 

King of peace,

in the combining of colour and species

You offer a vision

of the kingdom of heaven,

where every part,

every space and gap,

every corner,

nook and cranny

rings in praise

of all it is,

and all it may be

when called to serve You.

 

Lord of Vision,

our eyes are not Your eyes,

our ears are not Your ears,

our hands are not Your hands,

and so we have not always noticed

those who feel shut out from the world,

we have not heard

the cries of those who are hungry,

we have not touched

the pain of those who hurt.

We confess that at times

we are indifferent, selfish, and silent,

and turn to You in sorrow.

 

Silence

 

Gracious Creator,

In Your forgiveness,

bless us with courage

to step into the places we may never want to be,

to say the words

that we would not dare to say,

and make us worthy in our purpose

as we serve You

in Christ’s name.

Amen.

 

 

Offertory Prayer

Lord our Shepherd,

who guides us through

the rocks and rough ground,

to the spaces and places of refreshment and food,

we thank You

for Your presence in our lives.

As You open our ears, eyes and hearts

to the needs of the world,

may we be generous in what we give,

that our whole lives

may serve You

and allow us to share Your presence

with the hungry, the outcast,

the poor, and the prisoner.

Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the People

Christ the King,

we declare You,

for You are the sovereign of our lives,

and when we trust Your reign within our lives

You invite us

to encounter the breadth of Your nature

and the breadth of our abilities

to serve You.

We thank for the ways in which

You have met us in our lives,

this week,

and today.

In family, friend and stranger

You have supported us with love and comfort.

Nourishing us with word

You have fed our imagination and ambition.

And in the basics of bread and wine

You have sustained

the breath of our living.

 

We praise You.

King of heaven,

it is a thorny crown You wear,

and in that image

you beckon us towards a world

waiting to be transformed

by Your presence unfolding in our activity.

We pray for those who are hungry and thirsty.

 

As climate change affects

the pattern of weather

and the sustainability of land,

we think of those whose crops have failed,

or been destroyed.

We pray for the stranger and the refugee.

 

As war and unsettled governments cause people

to be displaced

from their homes, their families

and their lands,

may we be welcoming of those who

are different

and find ways in which all may be assured of their home in You.

 

We pray for the sick and the dying.

In communities

where healthcare is not free at source

or even formal enough to offer basic care,

we pray for those

who struggle with each day.

We remember those communities affected by Ebola,

and pray for those

who are willing to offer their hands

to bring much needed care.

 

We pray for those in prison,

and for their families.

Help us to remember the loneliness and the isolation

that lowers self-esteem,

and offer encouragement to those

who are searching for new patterns of living.

 

Lord of Lords,

we also pray for those

we sometimes feel lawd it over us,

and remember governments and politicians.

May those who hold the power

find their lives shaped by Your Holy Spirit,

and bring light to the corners of our world

where care and compassion are most needed.

In Christ’s name.

Amen.

Sunday 1st November 2014 – Pentecost 21A

This Sunday I’m covering the last part of the service, so an Offertory Prayer and a Prayers of the People

Offertory Prayer

Living God,

You provide for our every need

with abundant grace,

and guide us onto new paths

that allow for talent and gift

to flourish.

In all we give

from our lives work

and from times of rest,

we offer our praise of You

that others may encounter

Your presence in all life.

Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the People

God of the outcast and the stranger,

God of the woman and the child,

God of the saint and the sinner,

Lord of all people,

we worship You with our lives.

Encouraging us with Your word,

and guiding us with Your Holy Spirit,

You lead us to lives

led with integrity

so that Your kingdom may be shown

through our thanksgiving and praise,

our worship and our work.

On this day

of remembering call,

and focussing on holiness,

we pray for the work of Your church.

We remember that the saints of God,

as those who show His love and grace

in their daily activity,

and we thank You for the breadth

of churches and people

that makes this possible.

We remember big churches and little churches.

We remember those for whom

finding the money to survive

is a struggle,

and those for whom

finding the people to play their part

is a burden.

We pray for church communities

finding new ways to be the church

through local projects

that reach out to asylum seekers,

or offer opportunities of employment,

or youth initiatives.

In this week where

the Church of Scotland celebrates

the work of Crossreach,

we pray for those involved in social outreach and support.

We remember those

who live within care homes,

and those who work there.

We remember the variety

of the projects of Crossreach,

as the church reaches out

to children and families and older people,

to the homeless and those with mental health issues,

offers counselling and support,,

and is involved in diverse services

like Criminal Justice and Substance Misuse.

May we celebrate

a church with doors wide open,

and yet continue to seek new ways

in which to engage

with the world beyond our doors.

Remembering that saints

are not always those of political power

or worldly influence,

we pray for those who do hold power and influence

that they may be motivated by a desire to serve people

and value justice, wisdom and compassion.

And we remember the saints of our lives,

those who have influenced us,

or continue to do so.

We thank your for the expressions of faith

that led us to you,

and we ask that we may be show Your light

in the care and compassion we show

to those who are sick or lost or lonely,

and in the wisdom and truth we speak

to those who are seeking

Your presence

shown in Christ.

Amen.