A few weeks since I posted, but this week an opportunity for me t do everything. Last time before Christmas! Below you will find a Call to Worship, a Prayer of Approach and Confession, and Offertory Prayer and Prayers of the People.
Call to Worship
Sing for joy to the Lord.
shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
In the presence of the Lord,
let our music and song
tell our our wonder.
For the Lord is high above
all creation and all beings.
The depths of the oceans
and the mountain peaks,
the refreshing seas
and the dusty earth,
all telling the story
of God in our midst.
let us bow before the Lord our Creator.
He is our God,
and we are the people of His Care.
let us worship God.
King of glory,
Your wisdom inspired
the creation of the mountain peaks
and valley depths,
and in the free flowing of water
and the rippling breeze
Your presence is felt
honing and smoothing
as You continue Your masterpiece.
Unfinished in You eyes,
Your loving touch soothes
the rough, unspoken thought
that every part
of what You make
may work towards a harmony
the breadth and length
of Your being.
King of peace,
in the combining of colour and species
You offer a vision
of the kingdom of heaven,
where every part,
every space and gap,
nook and cranny
rings in praise
of all it is,
and all it may be
when called to serve You.
Lord of Vision,
our eyes are not Your eyes,
our ears are not Your ears,
our hands are not Your hands,
and so we have not always noticed
those who feel shut out from the world,
we have not heard
the cries of those who are hungry,
we have not touched
the pain of those who hurt.
We confess that at times
we are indifferent, selfish, and silent,
and turn to You in sorrow.
In Your forgiveness,
bless us with courage
to step into the places we may never want to be,
to say the words
that we would not dare to say,
and make us worthy in our purpose
as we serve You
in Christ’s name.
Lord our Shepherd,
who guides us through
the rocks and rough ground,
to the spaces and places of refreshment and food,
we thank You
for Your presence in our lives.
As You open our ears, eyes and hearts
to the needs of the world,
may we be generous in what we give,
that our whole lives
may serve You
and allow us to share Your presence
with the hungry, the outcast,
the poor, and the prisoner.
Prayers of the People
Christ the King,
we declare You,
for You are the sovereign of our lives,
and when we trust Your reign within our lives
You invite us
to encounter the breadth of Your nature
and the breadth of our abilities
to serve You.
We thank for the ways in which
You have met us in our lives,
In family, friend and stranger
You have supported us with love and comfort.
Nourishing us with word
You have fed our imagination and ambition.
And in the basics of bread and wine
You have sustained
the breath of our living.
We praise You.
King of heaven,
it is a thorny crown You wear,
and in that image
you beckon us towards a world
waiting to be transformed
by Your presence unfolding in our activity.
We pray for those who are hungry and thirsty.
As climate change affects
the pattern of weather
and the sustainability of land,
we think of those whose crops have failed,
or been destroyed.
We pray for the stranger and the refugee.
As war and unsettled governments cause people
to be displaced
from their homes, their families
and their lands,
may we be welcoming of those who
and find ways in which all may be assured of their home in You.
We pray for the sick and the dying.
where healthcare is not free at source
or even formal enough to offer basic care,
we pray for those
who struggle with each day.
We remember those communities affected by Ebola,
and pray for those
who are willing to offer their hands
to bring much needed care.
We pray for those in prison,
and for their families.
Help us to remember the loneliness and the isolation
that lowers self-esteem,
and offer encouragement to those
who are searching for new patterns of living.
Lord of Lords,
we also pray for those
we sometimes feel lawd it over us,
and remember governments and politicians.
May those who hold the power
find their lives shaped by Your Holy Spirit,
and bring light to the corners of our world
where care and compassion are most needed.
In Christ’s name.