Sunday 29th November 2015 – Advent 1C (4)

Prayer of Intercession

Come, Lord God,

change us

so that we may be more aware of Your presence.

Strengthen our hearts and make us holy,

as we readily await and watch

for Your light entering the darkness.

 

Holy God,

we long for You and Your love.

As a church

we hope to live in Your grace and goodness

so that we may grow in holiness and hospitality.

In the changes that You seek from us

may we hear the invitation

to serve the community in which we are placed

so that Your light

may shine into the needs that surround

 

Lord show us Your way

and teach us Your paths.

 

In the darkness and uncertainty

of our present time,

we long for You hope.

As nations speak to each other

or war against another,

may the prayers of all people be heard.

Let peace prevail,

rather than vengeful acts of justice.

May the whispering of Your Spirit

become a healing balm

that soothes the anxieties

of those who hold the power

and encourage conversation.

 

Lord show us Your ways

and teach us Your paths.

 

In these dark cold nights,

fill our homes with light and love and laughter,

When worries knock upon the door,

may we be sensitive to those who are struggling

and gentle in the way we respond.

 

Lord show us Your ways

and teach us Your paths.

 

In the darkness of sorrow, hurt and pain,

You walk as the comforter

who comes to untie the chains

that hold people back from engaging in the fullness of life.

We bring our own concerns

for those who are trapped in the past or in present situations,

and in the silence

we think of those who are ill, bereaved, distressed or overburdened.

 

Silence

 

Hear the prayers we make.

 

Lord show us Your ways,

and teach us Your paths.

 

Amen

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Sunday 29th November 2015 – Advent 1C (2)

Prayer of Approach

 

All time lies in Your hands,

Righteous Presence,

and each day is shaped

by the words and thoughts You have in store

for all You have made.

At the rise of the sun,

You call the day to begin,

and bring to life and action

the colour and activity of the world.

Even in the bleakest midday

communities are dancing

with tasks completed

or still to be done.

As the night falls,

You give the earth space and time to rest and reflect,

before the darkness takes hold

and allows the dreams of earth

prepare for another day.

 

The prayer continues with a confession that is borrowed from elsewhere.

Sunday 22nd November 2015 – Reign of Christ the King B – 4

Prayers of the People

King of Glory

and Son of the everlasting Father,

we give You our love and offer our lives.

Come and rule our hearts

until the kingdom of heaven is created in all life.

Come and reign over us

that Your voice may bring calm

to the and sense

to the the tyranny of life around us.

 

In these troubled days

of uncertainty for us all,

may it be You that teaches us not to be afraid of the shadows

but instead to put our trust

in the hopes You have for all You have made.

Teach us to be strong

in the opinions we hold

where we place the value of all life

above the machinations of politics.

Direct us along paths of peace

that enable us to recognise

when we are being set against one another,

and instead bring us nearer to those

with whom we may have seen as the stranger in our midst.

 

Christ our King,

speaking truth to power,

You challenged the authority of the world,

that the lowly and the humble

might be lifted to view

and be restored in the lives they led.

We pray for governments and community leaders,

for those who seek justice and maintain order,

that the decisions and choices they make reflect people

over finance.

 

At the close of Prisoners’ Week,

we prayer for those who are imprisoned,

and for those in whose care they are placed.

We remember the families whose lives are changed

because someone they love

is no longer with them.

 

As the Christian year draws to a close,

and we being our preparations for the period of preparation called Advent,

we remember those

who are preparing for Christmas.

We think of the shoppers

who will be seeking out just the right gift

for the people they love,

and remember the financial burden

which people believe they have to place upon themselves.

We pray for the shop staff

whose patience will be tested

as people seek a bargain

or grow frustrated with the quest and crowds.

May we all learn that people matter more than gifts,

and find ways to heal broken relationships

with family members and friends.

We remember those who feel that there is no hope within their relationships,

and for whom the brokenness of a home or a partnership still awaits a resolution.

 

We pray for those who feel weak at the power

of their own bodies and minds,

and remember those who carry the burden of ill health

in body and mind;

those weighed down with grief and anxiety.

 

Lord, as we miss those who were closest to us,

who in their presence spoke of Your love,

may we meet them in the shared faith we have found in You.

Amen.

Sunday 22nd November 2015 – Reign of Christ the King (B) – 3

Offertory Prayer

Redeemer of Justice,

in opening us to the truth of the Gospel,

we meet the wealth of our lives

and come ready to respond in praise

for all we have,

that the needs of our world may be met in our actions.

So from the time, talent and plenty

we make our offering

that others may know Your love

and be restored to life in Christ.

Amen.

Sunday 22nd November 2015 – Reign of Christ the King (B) 2

Prayer of Approach and Confession

Almighty God,

before whom the winds and waves respond

in an eternal dance

of passion and vigour,

Your people respond to the sound of Your voice,

and find a place for praise of You.

The creative impulse

of the Creator

brings light and shade to each moment in time,

and in the colour that has still to be added

to this day,

there is good to be sought after,

hope to be encouraged,

and love to be shared.

 

In the life of the Son of the living God,

the encounter with the continuous creation

and recreation of all of life

echoes as people move from their old ways

to new patterns,

as broken relationships find healing.

 

Spirit of Creation,

sweep through our lives

and call us to change.

In the inability to recognise our own failings,

lead us to the mirror of engagement

that asks us to meet

all that keeps us

from engaging more with You

and others.

When we feel that others have no time for the tasks that need done,

remind us of the wasted moments of star-gazing

in which we met the wonder of Your presence.

In our anxiety of the power of others

and their control of life,

may we recognise that we hurt

with belittling comments and actions that suggest incompetence.

Listening for Your call of grace

we seek the forgiveness of Your presence in our lives.

 

Silence

 

King of Kings,

who takes time for the lost and lonely, the weak and distressed,

it is Your hand that hauls us to our next task,

and Your voice that stills our troubled thoughts.

May we be strengthened and guided by You always.

Amen.