Sunday 8th March 2015 – Lent 3B

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

Gracious Lord,

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.

 

Silence

 

Merciful Lord,

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.

Amen

 

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.

Amen

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