A new set of prayers for this week, although no Offertory Prayer.
Call to Worship
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day,
night after night
their silent, visual voice pours forth its knowledge,
reaching out to the ends of the earth.
Under the canopy of heaven
we gather to rejoice in the love of the Lord
and for the law written upon our hearts.
He inspires us to joy
as his ways bring light and radiance
to our dealings with creation.
The Lord’s words are so precious,
being sweetness to each thought and word.
May the words of our mouths
and the thoughts of our hearts,
bring pleasure to the Lord.
Prayer of Approach, Confession and Forgiveness
You are a God of love
who seeks out Your creation
that she might be restored to You
and to each other.
With words of law,
You offer indications
of the kind of relationships
You seek between those You love.
With the presence of Christ,
you turned over legalistic tendencies
to focus in each person.
The activity of Your Holy Spirit wraps around human turmoil
to better reflect Your love.
You are to be praised
for the continuing inspiration
You bring to the present and the future
of all life.
For all these calls to love,
how often we have failed.
For all the ambition
to show respect,
how quickly we turn to sniping and undermining.
Forgive us for the pain we inflict upon others
as we snarl in word,
swipe with anger,
and kick in ignorance.
Forgive us for the wounds we nurse
as we refuse to let go
of the hurt inflicted by others.
Lord have mercy.
You alone bring the peace that settles our hearts.
May we be filled with your love
and sent forth to be bearers of Your hope,
through Jesus Christ, Your Son our Lord.
Prayers of the People
God who seeks us out
and unsettles us,
turn over the tables of our lives
that we might find new ways of being Your people.
We thank You
that Your Holy Spirit speaks to us
in unexpected ways,
inviting us to play our part
in creating the presence of heaven
in the life around us.
Here at this table,
Your grace has fed us
and will inspire much from us
in our activities and prayers.
Our hands and voices cannot be settled
when You have tasks for them.
We thank You for the many people of faith
who have played and continue to play
their part in bringing knowledge of Jesus
to the life of others.
For those who have made that knowledge more than a story,
but instead inspired us with a living faith
that allows Christ to be seen
in care offered to others;
in justice that changes lives;
and in hope that offers new ways of being.
Turn over the tables of our world,
so that faith may once again shape the life of many
and call people away from selfish ambition
to community spirit.
Turn over the tables of indifference,
so that those who are treated unjustly
by political powers and author figures
find voices of support
rise in anger against
poverty, homelessness and bias.
Turn over the tables of neglect
ensuring that the hungry are fed,
that children receive education,
that the housebound and afraid are cared for.
Turn over our lives,
that we may be those
who live as Christ inspired
and bring Your comfort to our world.