Sunday 28th May 2017 – Easter 7A – Ascension Sunday

As we meet

will we allow God to rise within our worship,

and scatter the thoughts that crowd

and keep us from the divine presence.

Will the smoke screen of our imagined busyness clear

so that jubilant praise can be sung.

 

Lets sing our songs,

and may our praise carry on the clouds,

that all will know the protection of the vulnerable

that comes in the name of the Eternal.

Let the care of the Creator I’ve home

to those who have been lost.

 

Come sing to the Ancient one

who brings new life

in the turning of time.

Sunday 20th November 2016 – Christ the King

Call to Worship

Leader:     God is our refuge and strength,

ALL:          A HELP IN OUR TIMES OF TROUBLE.

Leader:     We will not be afraid, even when all is changing around us;

ALL:          FOR GOD CALLS THROUGH THE STORM AND ANXIETY

OF LIFE.

Leader:     In this holy citadel, the Lord hopes to make us glad;

ALL:          AND AS A NEW MORNING DAWNS, THE HOPE OF NEW

BEGINNINGS AWAIT.

Leader:     The Lord is with us;

ALL:          LET US BE STILL AND KNOW THE PRESENCE AROUND.

Leader:     Let us worship the Lord.

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.

Sunday 31st July – Pentecost 11

I’ve been on holiday for a fortnight, hence the recent silence.   This week, and for another four, I will be frustrating to those who are following the RCL Lectionary.   For tomorrow and August I’m moving to the Narrative Lectionary and focussing on 2 Corinthians.   This week’s theme is “Consolation”.

Call to Worship

Grace and peace from God

and from the Lord Jesus Christ

surround this place

and all of life.

Blessed by God with mercy and comfort,

we gather in our experience of laughter and joy,

sorrow and pain,

to grow in hope and love,

and then console beyond our own frame

that others may know the love of Christ.

 

With the experience of ordinary living

and this day,

we come,

to be issued of the Lord’s grace and mercy.

Then may we rise anew,

called to lives that speak of Christ.

 

Let us worship God…

 

Opening Prayer

Blessed Creator,

who gathers all within a loving embrace,

You are to be praised

for the hope and mercy

brought into human experience.

When doubt and cynicism cloud vision,

You shed light,

capturing imagination

so that fresh thought

may give way to new innovations.

We praise You

for our experience of love and kindness

found in the thoughts and words

of others.

We praise You

for the fresh dawn of each day

that urges us

to begin anew.

 

Consoling Presence,

You know the thoughts that stir,

and the actions taken,

and so we acknowledge

that we do not always respond in love.

Forgive us for our hardness of heart,

and free us to live

withering to offer compassion.

 

Empowering Spirit,

as we walk in the grace of God,

call us to offer mercy to all

in Christ’s name.

Amen.

 

Dedication of Offering

Rejoicing in Your presence,

Comforter of hearts,

we look for ways

in which we can offer a little of our life and love.

We bring these gifts

from our working lives and talents,

thankful for all we have,

and willing to share

that others may find

the comfort of the living God.

Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the People

Rejoicing:-

Rejoicing in Your presence, living Lord,

we thank You for what we know of You

because others shared their experiences of faith.

We thank You for those who taught and told stories

of a living, hopeful presence

of God revealed in Jesus Christ,

so that peace and love would reign

within our own lives.

 

Teaching:-

No matter our age

there are always opportunities to learn.

As we give thanks for inspiring moments,

we remember those

for whom the simmer months

allow time to reflect on working lives.

We pray for children, young people and students,

teachers and lecturers,

as they delight in the creation around.

We give thanks for fight shared in holidays clubs and Messy churches,

and we seek the encouragement

to act upon the moments when we know we are to share our own faith.

 

Peace:-

In this unsettled world

we pray for peace.

We remember the people across the world this week

whose lives have been shaken by terrorism.

We pray for life lost in the actions of others,

and we pray for the perpetrators.

We pray for families mourning loved ones,

or waiting hopeful news.

And we long for peace.

Peace that comes from recognising the sacred nature of life,

and respecting differences,

while searching for common purpose.

 

Love:-

If our common purpose is to love and value

all human life,

then stretch our hearts,

that we may become the hands and voices

that bring comfort and justice

to those who are hungry,

homeless and hurting.

 

Power:-

We pray for those who are seen as powerful,

for governments, monarchs and heads of state,

that they may seek after the best for all people

and Your creation.

May they learn graciousness at Your hand

that values those

whose needs are often ignored.

In Your embrace,

may the troubles of our world find rest

and Christ’s love reign

in all of life.

Amen.

Sunday 3rd July 2016 – Pentecost 7C

Call to Worship

Shout for joy,

and sing the Lord’s praise.

As sun shines,

and wind blows;

as rains falls,

and gale disturbs,

may we notice

the activity of the Creating Spirit

shaping and enticing our world

towards its praise of the Eternal One.

 

Drawing back the water from the shore,

and pulling from the dust of the earth

at the rocks, and plants,

all living things,

the Creator invites us

to rejoice in and with Him

and welcome our part

in the stewardship

of earth.

Let’s praise the Lord,

and may the song of earth and heaven

chime in harmony together,

as we enjoy our shaping at the hand of the Lord.

 

Let us worship God.

Sunday 26th June 2014 – Pentecost 6C

Call to Worship

We take our shelter in the Lord,

for He keeps us safe.

We will praise the Lord,

who offers us wisdom

as through the night He teaches our hearts.

Always ahead of us,

The Lord will not let our confidence be shaken.

 

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Leader: Keep me safe, O God

ALL: FOR WE TAKE OUR SHELTER IN YOU.

Leader: I will praise the Lord who offers me wisdom,

ALL: EVEN AT NIGHT HE IS TEACHING MY HEART.

Leader: The Lord is always before me,

ALL: HE WILL NOT LET MY CONFIDENCE BE SHAKEN.

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.