Sunday 1st May 2016 – Easter 6C

Call to Worship

The Lord is gracious to us

and blesses us,

causing His face to shine upon us.

The Lord’s ways are known upon the earth

as salvation sweeps into human life.

As those who belong to the Living Creator,

who we praise

for justice

and a guiding hand in human life.

 

We praise the Creating Spirit for this planting time,

when the ground is prepared

and the hope of fruits to come

is sown in seed form.

Then we will give praise the yield of the harvest

that bursts with colour and energy,

that the Lord’s blessing may be bestowed.

 

Let us worship God…

 

 

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Creator

who brings light and life,

that all may walk amidst

and share the splendour of creation,

we worship You from the depths of our heart

to the height of our being.

You close no doors

to encountering Your presence,

and offer the water of life

that flows from You

that all of creation

may burst to life

with the fruits of Your healing spirit.

 

In the light of the heavenly Hosts

the deceitfulness of humanity is exposed,

as nations fail to offer compassion for one another other,

and individuals wallow in the differences,

hurt and pain.

In the presence of curse of life,

the Lamb of God playfully gambles,

bringing healing and tenderness,

that dialogue may begin,

and new paths into a dwelling place with God

are brought into sight.

 

Revealing Spirit,

who leads us to new knowledge of forgiveness,

may we settle in Your peace

so that our troubled hearts may be stilled

in worship

and life.

Amen.

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Sunday 10th April 2016 – Easter 3C

Call to Worship

Let us exalt the Lord,

who has lifted us out of the depths

and did not let those around us gloat over us.

When we called to the Lord for help,

healing entered our lives.

When sorrow and anxiety pulled us under,

the Lord lifted us out of the darkness.

 

Let us sing praise to the Lord’s holy name,

for anger is momentary

while favour lasts a lifetime;

weeping may stay with us through the night,

only to be transformed to joy in the light of the morning;

wailing turns to dancing.

 

May we sing because of the Lord’s mercy

and unfailing love.

May our hearts never be silent.

 

Let us worship God…

 

 

Opening Prayer

In the morning light

You were waiting,

blazing like the sun’s dawn

and causing the horizon of a new day

to display the colour of all that lies ahead.

Eternal Presence,

who has watched as we sleep

and smoothed the furrowed, dreaming brows,

You have led us through the darkness

to open our eyes

to the hues of heavenly love.

Placing our feet upon the ground

and taking out hands

that we might be led through the ambition of this day.

You shout our attention

to look beyond ourselves

with the vibrancy of a sky.

You remind us to embrace with comfort and hope

as dew and rain caress plant and earth.

You whisper to be brave

and play our part,

as the wind blows through the trees

and stirs them to life.

 

Some days our lives seem too full and overwhelming

that we are not willing or ready

to step out in faith with You,

Christ of the new day.

We would prefer instead to pick through our worries,

or pretend we haven’t seen a need

for us to engage with the world.

If we close our eyes

we will not see the people who hunger in the street;

if we close our ears

we will not hear the cries of the children who do not know love;

if we close our minds

we will not understand the changes we can make towards a fairer, cleaner world.

Forgive us

for our lack of faithfulness.

 

Silence

 

Spirit of Mercy,

You dust down the sack cloth we would wear

and reclothe us in joy,

that our whole lives might sing

with the wonder of Your presence.

Amen.

 

 

Offertory Prayer

Gracious heavenly Father,

we praise You for Your kindness

in the gifts we have received

and in the little miracles that sprinkle through our lives.

Help us to hear Christ’s redeeming call

that invites us to love and participate

in the feeding of others

with the good news of Your spirit in our midst.

May our gifts, talents and tithes be used

in miraculous ways.

Amen.

Sunday 3rd April 2016 – Easter 2C (2)

Creator God,

who made this day,

and all the hope within it,

we sing with praise and jubilation

for all that fills our eyes, our ears and our lives.

In this place we bless You

for the goodness that bestowed upon us by Your love.

You are the beginning and the ending of each day,

calling forth peace

before words of anger can be spoken

and before actions of hate cause separation.

Unlocking the barriers and segregation

You stand in the midst of all of life

bearing Your scars

so that all may know the cost of love,

and the rebuilding of relationships

through Your resurrection.

 

Risen Christ,

as You stretch out Your hands

in a sign of unfaltering love,

we admit we have faltered.

While You were bursting through barriers,

and breaking down walls,

we were hurriedly finding new ways

to divide ourselves

from others,

because we were afraid.

Forgive us for the boundaries we create

as we judge others because

they are different from us.

Forgive us when we do not recognise Your face or Your voice

captured in the presence of another.

In the closed spaces of our homes and minds

may You speak our names,

and bear Your wounds

that we might know You again

as the Lord of our lives.

 

Silence

 

Like the impetus to breathe,

You forgiving Spirit sweeps over us,

freeing us from all that ties us to the past

and leading us to the future Your create.

Amen.

Sunday 3rd April 2016 – Easter 2C

In anxiety and fear,

we hide behind locked doors,

both physical and imaginary,

uncertain of the world that waits.

Rolling the stone away,

throwing back the lock,

the Lord bursts in

with reminders of strength and hope.

 

With shouts of joy,

the Lord puts out a hand

to guide us from the caverns of loneliness,

and the shadowed cover of indifference.

Leading us to fresh, wide open heights,

we are to view the rising of resurrection

bringing new light and insight

to the relationships we are to building Christ’s name.