Sunday 14th August 2016 – Pentecost 13 (Narrative Lectionary on 2 Corinthians)

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…

 

 

Opening Prayer

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

and celebrate.

 

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.

 

Silence

 

Lightening our hearts and imaginations with Your presence,

Compassionate Creator,

You remould us for Your purposes

sending us to bring Your healing in the world.

Amen.

 

 

Offertory Prayer

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.

Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the People

 

Creator God,

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

 

Amen.

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Sunday 7th August 2016 – Pentecost 12 (Narrative Lectionary on 2 Corinthians 2: 1-10)

Week 2 of the adventure from the RCL and I’m struggling for inspiration.   I’ve done a bit of adapting of other people’s resources for writing this week.   However this one is mine.

 

Ever-present Love,

active in all of live,

we praise You.

We praise You in the sunshine,

as the external warmth heats our skin

and causes the blood within our frame

to pulse with new energy

as we enjoy the possibility of the day.

We praise You for the drizzle,

and the pouring rain,

for even in the bleak damp,

Your warmth within courses into our imaginations,

and sends us on new journeys of growth.

We praise You for the blowing gale and the gentle breeze,

as cobwebs of past ways of being

are blown apart

to allow Your light to settle

on the vision of the tomorrow You have planned.

We praise You,

for Your Spirit cannot be captured in one moment,

one activity,

one season

or one experience.

Instead Your constancy is offered

in the changing pattern

of the design of Your creation.

Inspire us with the energy that moves from past to present to future.

For all our imagination,

Forgiving Lord,

we find ourselves caught on one picture,

one way of being,

one event.

Not always willing to forgive the wrongdoing of others,

we look for retaliation or vengeance,

believing that it evens the score.

Instead it robs us of the possibility of building relationships,

and weakens our love of ourselves and others.

With Your grace,

You open the shuttered windows of our hearts,

and through wide the doors

to a new day with You.

In Your grace

may we be willing to live as Christ calls us to love,

open heartedly accepting our own faults

and those of the world around us,

and seeking to bring mercy

to every part of our experience.