A Call to Worship and an Opening Prayer. For the Prayers of the People, I have reworked something from “Shine on, Star of Bethlehem” compiled by Geoffrey Duncan for Christian Aid and CAFOD.
Call to Worship
Arise and shine,
for the light of the world is in our midst
and beckons within our lives
Throwing back the thick darkness
of our anguish and fears,
the Lord sets a path
that leads individuals
to the dawn of fresh possibilities.
Let us lift up our eyes,
to take in the breadth of those
who sit around us
and the world of which we are part.
Let us delight
in the creation
as the riches of the Lord’s presence
lead us into new experiences
of people and places.
Let us proclaim our praise of God.
Let us worship God.
Star of heaven,
who guides all people
to find a place of wonder
beneath Your blazing beams,
within Your presence all generations flourish.
You who have an interest in all,
take delight in upholding those
who have been cast down
or ignored by governments,
Like rain falling,
You wash away the pain of hurt
and encourage instead
growth in Your light,
and unsettle the status quo
with the possibility of change.
at the start of a New Year,
in the presence of Your light
we recall the dark shadows
we would choose to hide in.
We bring our memories of ignorances,
the fall outs and failures,
the hurts we have felt at others misunderstanding of us
and the situations we are in,
and seek the power of your forgiveness
so that we might step out anew with You
and discover a new path
on which You invite us to set our feet.
With new found humility
may we take courage from the knowledge of Your loves of us
and live as those restored to Your presence.