Still off on my adventure in 2 Corinthians, but here are those that I have written.
Call to Worship
In living within the world
we find our resolve tested
and our faith faltering,
as who we are in Christ ripples through
the actions of our hands,
the words of our mouths,
and the thoughts of our hearts.
In coming to this place
we seek after the energising Spirit of God,
to restore the flavour of Christ
at the heart of our being
so that His words,
His enlightening presence may make us
bold and challenging
in the mercy and love we show.
Let us worship God…
Treasure of Heaven,
whose hands have worked and shaped
the clay of earth
to bring life and form;
whose imagination played
with light and colour,
with gas and solid,
bring into being
the wonder of creature and nature;
whose resting delights
in all that is made:
we praise You.
In the uniqueness of each part of creation,
You cause us to wonder
at some new knowledge
to be found of Your.
In the pattern and uniform
we are reminded of Your constancy.
In the diversity of our days
you draw us through our dependence
on Your grace and mercy,
and send us independently
to speak of Your love
Like the clay from which we are formed,
we are easily shaped
by the hurts and scars
that living with others can cause.
In the heat of anger and frustration
our hearts are hardened
and we lash out,
afraid of the vulnerability we feel.
Broken by experiences,
we place our hands upon the treasure of faith within,
and seek the healing of Your forgiveness.
Lightening our hearts and imaginations with Your presence,
You remould us for Your purposes
sending us to bring Your healing in the world.
Source of life and renewal,
who provides for all our needs,
in our praise of all we have been given
we make our offering.
May all we give
be used in the glory of Your name
that others may be drawn into Your embrace
and know Your love
shown in Christ.
Prayers of the People
In our frailty You do no abandon us,
instead You have made us a people of relationship.
In Your image and design,
You demonstrate the intertwining of hearts and lives,
and as we explore You
as Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer,
as Lover, Beloved and Love,
we discover that at Your heart
that living is enhanced by the mutuality
of being with others.
We rejoice in the relationship we have with You,
from loving parent,
to insistent friend,
to critical companion.
We thank you for the friendships that sustain us,
for the people who encourage us forward
and those who are willing to tell us
when we have got it wrong;
for friendships that have marked the signposts of years
and those we are still to make;
for those lost in the midst of time.
As we remember the weakness of our humanity
overcome by the friendships and relationships
we have shared,
we offer the hand of friendship in prayer.
This prayer continues in an intercession on “friendship” found in “Moments of our nights and days” by Ruth Burgess