Sunday 6th May 2018 – Easter 6B

Call to Worship

Gladly singing of God’s work in creation,

we gather together,

that the story we hold

may be completed

in the words and actions

of those around.

 

Boldly we nestle

into the embrace of God

seeking the assurance of love

for those moments

when we have felt lost,

abandoned,

weighed down with the task of being human.

 

Shouting to the earth,

we cannot keep the news of all we know 

to ourselves,

for God invites us to make

the music of heaven,

in word and whisper,

with instrument and silence,

through voice and the percussion of creation.

 

In this moment of faith

may the melody of justice and hope

inspire us all

to follow Christ.

 

Let us worship God…

 

 

Opening Prayer

Lord of Creation,

the rush of the seas

begins the rolling applause

that appreciates

the wonder of Your hand.

As rivers 

rush to join the heralding praise,

the mountains sour to the highest note

taking their song to the heavens.

In the continuing action of creation

You ensure that the life to be found

is aware of Your presence.

Not some distant deity,

but an interested presence

that reaches out in love

to bring equity

where humanity would insist on heirarchy;

to bring justice and righteousness

where inequality pervades.

These are not some longed for values,

but instead integral characteristics

of the faith You hope to inspire within us.

In Christ,

You offered the assurance

of compassion 

in the midst of life.

 

Bringing the discord to creation’s melody,

our love often stumbles over the hurdles

we have placed

to prevent relationships from forming.

We like our hierarchies

for they give us a sense of purpose

and ambition.

We are not always willing to enjoy 

the equity of friendship,

seeking instead

to be the best.

We do not build up those who have been disenfranchised

and instead enjoy

the superiority of our self-belief.

In bring our faults

into the space of worship,

we seek Your Spirit’s compassion and resolve.

 

Silence

 

Christ of the Gospel,

who bring good news to all,

calls us all to live as those

who believe that we have been redeemed for a purpose.

May we respond in the hope

of all we are invited to be 

in Christ’s name.

Amen.

 

 

Offertory Prayer

God of enduring love,

in the wonder of each day,

in the promise of the morning,

and the restfulness of evening,

we have found Your presence 

healing the flaws and wounds 

of the challenges we have faced.

In the gifts we share,

may Your Spirit,

sweep away the reluctance and anguish,

and offer the fullness of Your grace and love

to all encounter our offerings.

In Christ’s name.

Amen

 

 

Prayers of the People

Lord, in our world:

let Your love flow.

 

Lord of all,

You choose us,

empowering and enabling us

to reveal Your love

in the activities and words 

of each day.

We thank You 

for the task we have been offered

in the name friends.

Bringing blessing on our lives,

we long to hear Your word

so that we are continual inspired

for the activity of faith.

 

We pray for all

who have responded to Your call

as they live our their vocation of faith.

We recognise this gift within the tasks of ministry and eldership,

and yet Your call is to all

and for some it is found in the fulfilment of the work they do each day.

We remember those who act as friends to the community,

as healthcare workers,

social workers and youth co-ordinators,

social services and law enforcers.

 

Lord, in our world:

let Your love flow.

 

As leaders of industry and commerce

wrestle with the wealth of our world,

may they be given wisdom

so that nothing is hoarded or squandered.

We pray for the fair distribution of wealth.

We remember those who are abused or ill treated

in the work that they do.

Make us aware of the need for justice within workplaces,

and in the choices we make

enable others to be fairly paid and valued.

 

Lord, in our world:

let Your love flow.

 

In a world of anguish and sorrow,

we cannot close our ears to the pain and sadness of others.

We pray for those who have been badly treated at the hands of others;

for the homes where illness and disability bring loneliness;

for those who trouble and grief is overwhelming.

 

Lord, in our world:

let Your love flow.

 

We pray for those we miss from our fellowship,

whose faith marker touched our lives

and encouraged us in faith.

May we follow their light

until Your glory is revealed to all.

Amen.

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Sunday 28th May 2017 – Easter 7A – Ascension Sunday (4)

Glorious God,

we worship You

for while the heavens are beyond our grasp,

You have chose to dwell within our lives.

In Your presence majesty is revealed

as all are offered welcome and love

around the heavenly table.

You have revealed the depths of Your love

in the life and death of Jesus Christ,

and the soaring heights in the resurrection and ascension.

 

We come in prayer to sit between

the life and purpose of Christ,

and seek the intention of our tasks

that that our words, thoughts and actions

may declare Christ’s presence

in all of life.

We pray today for those

who are awaiting transforming change

that will give them a sight of a different future

than the present that they inhabit.

 

We remember those who are prisoners,

and remember the different circumstances in which people find their freedom removed.

Praying for those who have perpetrated crime,

knowing that circumstance and nurture are not always easy for some,

and hoping that the life to which people return offers new ways of being.

Praying for political prisoners,

we recognise the discontent that was riled against,

and seek a world where all are treated fairly.

Praying for those imprisoned

and used and abused

by those who see their bodies as commodities,

we long for compassion from the perpetrators

and freedom for those who hurt.

Praying for those who are imprisoned by ill-health and physical ability,

may their needs be met,

that they may know life in all its fullness.

Amen.

Sunday 28th May 2017 – Easter 7A – Ascension Sunday (2)

High and heavenly One,

raised from the ground,

then raised to heaven,

we praise You.

For far beyond our understanding,

You came to dwell amongst humanity,

that the presence of God would be met

in the hands and voices of Your living Presence.

In the parting of the clouds

that took You from our midst

space was created

in which to prepare human hearts

to tell and share the story of Love.

 

Too heavenly minded that sometimes we are of no earthly use,

for in seeking to emulate the precious wall of the Eternal Kingdom,

we forget compassion and care.

Eyes on the clouds

we stumble with careless words and actions,

or neglect the world in which we live.

 

As forgiveness revitalise our live,

make us passionate for the whole of creation,

that our lives may speak of the fullness of God.

Amen.

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 23rd April 2017 – Easter 2A

Offertory Prayer

Presence of the Creator,

we thank You for the fullness of joy

that we find in life with You.

Always beside us, always faithful,

our hearts long to spill over.

These simple gifts of our time and talents

are an expression of our trust in You,

and an offering of our willingness

to share what we know with others.

Amen.

 

Prayers of the People

Lord of laughter,

You have been heard

in the giggle of an infant

surprised by the wind blowing

or the sun shining,

or the passing object.

You have been heard

in the snigger

of a youngster

wrestling through the grasp of humiliation.

You have been heard

in the chuckle

of adults,

amused by their experience of a day.

You have been heard

in the bellying aching roar,

that speaks of friendship,

warmth,

and comfort.

We thank You

for the burst of laughter that surprises us,

and knocks us from our foolish pride

and thoughts of loneliness.

 

When the laughter fades,

and doubt surrounds,

may Your marks remind us You are with us.

 

We pray for the doubts of our communities

as we face not just local elections,

but national elections.

At a time when we have grown tired with decision making,

may Your marks reinvigorate our thoughts

and make us passionate about lacing faith

in the choices we make.

We pray for those who will be campaigning,

and those who must listen.

Encourage respectful dialogue

where people are willing to listen to the difference

and find a path

that places the poorest and most ignored at the centre of our conversations.

 

We pray for our world.

There isn’t much laughter

as news reports speak of shootings and bombings,

or people who are hungry or have no home.

We remember those who have been hurt or harmed this week

across the world,

and for their families.

We think of those who are grieving,

whose tomorrow’s seem to offer no laughter.

Enable us all

to seek out those in need of friendship,

as Your promise of new life

grows within us.

 

In these days of Easter celebrations,

we remember those who have been celebrating birthdays and marriages.

We pray for her majesty the Queen

as she celebrated her 91st birthday.

We give thanks for her continuing faithful service to our country,

and the inspiration that she offers to others

with her faith.

 

As laughter has shaped our lives,

we give thanks for those

whose open expression of faith and doubt

has shaped our lives towards You,

Christ our Saviour.

Lead us through our doubts

to the high points of faith

so that we may be renewed in our service,

and invigorated in our practice.

Amen.

Sunday 1st May 2016 – Easter 6C

Call to Worship

The Lord is gracious to us

and blesses us,

causing His face to shine upon us.

The Lord’s ways are known upon the earth

as salvation sweeps into human life.

As those who belong to the Living Creator,

who we praise

for justice

and a guiding hand in human life.

 

We praise the Creating Spirit for this planting time,

when the ground is prepared

and the hope of fruits to come

is sown in seed form.

Then we will give praise the yield of the harvest

that bursts with colour and energy,

that the Lord’s blessing may be bestowed.

 

Let us worship God…

 

 

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Creator

who brings light and life,

that all may walk amidst

and share the splendour of creation,

we worship You from the depths of our heart

to the height of our being.

You close no doors

to encountering Your presence,

and offer the water of life

that flows from You

that all of creation

may burst to life

with the fruits of Your healing spirit.

 

In the light of the heavenly Hosts

the deceitfulness of humanity is exposed,

as nations fail to offer compassion for one another other,

and individuals wallow in the differences,

hurt and pain.

In the presence of curse of life,

the Lamb of God playfully gambles,

bringing healing and tenderness,

that dialogue may begin,

and new paths into a dwelling place with God

are brought into sight.

 

Revealing Spirit,

who leads us to new knowledge of forgiveness,

may we settle in Your peace

so that our troubled hearts may be stilled

in worship

and life.

Amen.