Sunday 17th December 2017 – Advent 3B

Call to Worship

Gathering to seek the favour of God,

we hope to be anointed

by the presence of the Eternal One.

In that blessing

we are to receive good news

that speaks to the poor,

the broken hearted and the captives,

that all may be released

from the darkness

that looms in their experiences.

 

We come to be comforted,

that in turn we may offer comfort,

allowing the beauty of creation

to become a garment

that causes hearts to sing.

The Lord will lead us through what we thought were ruins

to find the hope and potential

with the promise offered in faith.

 

Come let us delight

in the provision of God,

whose provision reaches beyond

our prejudice.

 

Opening Prayer

Mighty One,

You are to be praised

for You place Your trust and hope

in the humility of human form.

Not interested in wealth and status,

You invest in tenderness,

compassion

and creativity

to bring the presence of Your love

into the sight of those

who are to be lifted high.

Beyond our understanding of time and space,

You story repeats and renews

in every generation,

ringing with wonder,

causing the ignored and excluded

to be noticed.

 

As we are blessed by the presence of the Holy Spirit,

make us aware of our prejudices

and our search for status and recognition.

As we walk past those who sit destitute,

give us the courage to question why,

and to challenge the normality of the experience.

As we watch televisions stories

of children who will be hungry

or not have the healthcare they need,

empower us to be vocal

in the calls we make on governments

and recognise that small changes

are the ripples that create waves.

 

As we seek Your forgiveness,

may we be open to the changes

that You create within our lives,

so that creation

finds the Incarnation waiting to be born in our time.

Amen.

 

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Sunday 1st December 2017 – Advent 1B

Call to Worship

Time hastens on,

and in the flurry and scurry of preparations

there seems to be little time

to reflect upon the world.

 

Time hastens on,

and news stories cascade

faces of hungry children,

homeless mothers,

helpless men,

and there are no easy answers of solutions

on which to hang our hopes.

 

Time hastens on,

and governments quarrel over boundaries

and responsibilities,

with seeming little thought to individuals

in the midst of grand schemes.

 

Time hastens on,

and yet the length of eternity cannot be measured.

 

In the presence of the Eternal One,

a space to reflect,

restore

and remind ourselves of the purpose of our lives

is offered.

 

Let us worship God…

 

Offertory Prayer

God,

who calls us to be One with You,

we praise and adore You

for Your openness of heart.

Responding to Your gift

we bring the gifts of our lives,

in talent, time and money,

and allow Your invitation to us

to be shared

in the friends and strangers

who find a welcome

as Christ’s love reaches out to them.

Amen.