Sunday 19th June 2016 – Pentecost 5C

Call to Worship

Drawing around the bones of humanity,

Divine Presence,

protects and warms

the precious life within the flesh.

From all that we may fear,

the Strength of the Lord stands firm,

a constant source of hope and courage.

 

This source of Love

does not despise the variety of the creation,

nor turns away for those

who others might call outcast.

Instead the healing grasp of the Lord

encompasses all,

incorporates all,

and welcomes all.

 

In the presence of overwhelming welcome

may we praise the God,

who longs to satisfies

all manner of hungers.

May we praise the Lord

who remember us,

and beckons us to kneel

within the temple of grace

and find our belonging.

 

 

Opening Prayer

Almighty and Everlasting God,

Eternal and Intimate Presence,

You draw near to Your creation,

bursting through the barriers

of expectation and convention.

You are the Lord

of those who are pushed to the margins

of communities,

and the bold spirit

that pushes them to the fore

that we might meet Your presence

in those who have been ignored.

In you all are one,

and creed, gender, nationality, and responsibility

become but words,

for You teach us not to be afraid,

for You are the sustaining hand

that provides for all our needs.

In praise,

we settle in our places,

and with praise

we will worship,

so that praise becomes the words upon our lips

and the action of our hearts,

as the experience of knowing Christ in song and story

permeates into daily tasks.

 

Comforting Saviour,

You confront the many voices within each of us

and speak to the hurts and pains we inflict and cause.

Help us to acknowledge

the divisions we make

as we allow humanity to stand in opposition

when love should prevail.

 

Guiding Spirit,

leading us from our old practices

to new life in the knowledge of God’s hope for us,

we long to live as those

transformed by the presence of Christ.

Amen.

 

 

Offertory Prayer

Enfolding Creator,

with every breath

You spur us into life in all its fullness,

and in Your excess we give You thanks.

You inspire us to share,

and from our wealth

of talent, time and resources

we give

that others may meet the presence of Christ

in the ordinary moments

of each day.

Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the People

God of many names,

we thank You for the variety of images

that allow us to explore Your nature

and that enable us

to know You as our own.

You are the soaring eagle

that leads us to new thoughts and ideas,

to new adventures.

You are the mother hen

who gathers her chicks under her wings

that they may know worth and security.

You are the potter at the wheel,

moulding and shaping our lives

that we may be vessels of your love.

You are lady Wisdom,

calling in the market place

with guidance in all each day brings.

 

God of many names,

You come to challenge the many voices.

of our world

that set nations at war with each other,

humanity quarrelling

and seeking the best for individuals

rather than the common good.

 

We pray for Your church,

and the breadth of opinion contained

across congregations and denominations.

All seeking to demonstrate our faith and understanding,

at times we can seem fractious

in our meetings and plans.

May Your Spirit continue to guide and inspire,

if others are to meet You in our living our of Your story.

 

Leader: O Lord, our Strength

ALL: LORD, HASTEN WITH HELP AND COMPASSION

 

We pray for politicians and those involved in public service,

people who recognise the value of personal relationship

when it comes to making changes and grasping needs.

In these days since the traumatic death of Jo Cox,

there is a growing recognition of the vulnerability

of meeting with others.

We pray for Ms Cox’s family,

and those who have been touched by her presence.

We thank You for the gifts and talents she offered

in her actions.

We pray also for the Referendum this week,

that Your voice speaks to our hearts

and invites us to make choices

where people flourish and grow.

 

Leader: O Lord, our Strength

ALL: LORD, HASTEN WITH HELP AND COMPASSION

 

In a week where there has been a growing recognition

of the hostility and discrimination

that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community experience,

we pray that that new knowledge will continue

to tear at the divisive walls

that suggest that difference is a flaw.

We remember those who lost their lives

in the discriminating shooting of last Sunday,

and we pray for their families and friends.

We think of those who were in the club,

whose lives are now marked by the fear they felt,

and the lack of respect

they encounter for being who they are.

Cast out the demons of our prejudice

and bring us to new knowledge of what it means

to be made in the image of God,

in bold technicolour.

 

Leader: O Lord, our Strength

ALL: LORD, HASTEN WITH HELP AND COMPASSION

 

We praise You for those

who inspire us to live in relationship with each other,

and thank You for those who have gifted

with the example that places justice and mercy

at the centre of our lives.

 

Leader: O Lord, our Strength

ALL: LORD, HASTEN WITH HELP AND COMPASSION

Amen.

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