Sunday 8th October 2017 – Pentecost 18A

Let’s sing songs to the One we love,

songs of vineyards, and grapes,

of fertility and growth.

Standing within this watchtower

we are drawn

to the Creator who clears the stones

and prepares the ground,

so that the vines planted and tended

produce a fruitful crop of grace.

 

Dwelling in the land around

we find our branches

twisted and caught.

Our roots take hold in the wasteland,

and so we come

ready for pruning and shaping,

and the promise of refreshment.

 

Let us sing songs to the One we love,

as we are drawn to the light

of hope and justice.

 

Opening Prayer

Shepherd of our hearts,

You awaken your flock

to the promise if each day.

Your hand has lead Your people

from deep valleys of despair

and deserted wilderness,

to sumptuous plains of restoration.

With manna from heaven

and vineyard fruit,

You offer the best of creation

ensuring that hunger and thirst are met.

In the tenderness of Your hand

as the human vine of faith is shaped

by trimming,

uprooting,

replanting,

and feeding,

You call the best of the fruits

humanity bears

to be shared.

 

It is greed that haunts us

as we keep the best we have

for ourselves

and only offer meagre portions

of our talents, wealth and time.

When others struggle,

we turn aside,

afraid of what commitment might expect of us.

When others cry,

we keep our arms tight closed,

for fear that the pain of another

may weight to heavy on our hearts.

 

Restore us,

O Lord,

and make Your face to shine upon us.

Open our eyes, hands and hearts,

to make space for others

and remind us that our growth is fruitful

when encouraged

by the presence of Christ

met in others.

Amen.

 

Offertory Prayer

Generous God,

in the fruits of our lives You are generous,

reminding all of the abundance of our gifts.

May we be lavish with who we are

and all we have,

as we share Your generosity

for a world to celebrate.

Amen.

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Sunday 24th September 2017 – Pentecost 16A

Call to Worship

Praising the Creator,

the songs of joy and hope

ring through our lives,

as we take pleasure

in the created world around

and in the tasks we do

as we discover more of who we are

and the abilities within each one.

 

Praising the Creator,

stories are shared

that speak of the moments

that have been difficult,

when we have been alone or bereft;

when we have failed to seek what is best for all

and chosen the easy road for a few.

 

Praising the Creator,

there is wonder

in discovering the generosity

of the One who made us,

as our faults are smoothed

and the rough path evened.

 

Praising the Creator,

let us worship God.

 

 

Opening Prayer

Gracious King of heaven,

You are to be praised

for ever and ever.

Your story

and presence within all of life

are to be shared with all,

as we wonder at the shape and form

of all that surrounds,

and wonder at Your patience

and generosity in the creation You have made.

In the friendships that support of lives,

in the food upon our tables,

in the festivities of each passing day,

Your goodness and abundance

are joyful received,

and celebrated.

 

Compassionate Companion,

in praising You

we notice the slowness of Your anger

and the richness of Your love,

for while our faults may cause a blemish

in the passing of each day,

You are faithful in Your promises.

As Your love pours into our lives,

our eyes are drawn to those ways in which we fail You:

the jealousy we feel at the abilities of another;

the greed we carry as we ensure we have enough;

the anger we hold when we feel we have been harshly treated.

Focus our eyes on Your generosity

that in seeking renewal with You

we may turn our lives towards You

and reflect Your love in all we seek to do.

 

Silence

 

Faithful Host,

You have made a space for all

within Your kingdom,

and You lift up those who are bowed down

with the weight of the world.

As we find forgiveness in Your promises

may we be emboldened

to live Your truth

as shown in Christ.

Amen.

 

 

Offertory Prayer

Inspired by the abundance of Your grace,

and Your generosity in loving us,

we bring our gifts to share.

While we might limit where love is shown,

You inspire us with the opportunity to grow towards the kingdom

when we welcome others in Your name.

Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the People

Giver of all good things,

you nourish us with goodness,

and bring out the best within all You have made.

 

Inspire us with love,

so that rather than trying to outdo one another,

we might instead take pleasure

in the hope we meet in the abilities of another.

Teach us to be patient,

and generous in our dealings with one another.

 

Inspire our country with prophets who speak the truth,

pointing out and standing against

the injustices that exist between individuals and communities.

We pray for those

who are the prophetic voices of our communities,

for journalists and political activists

who ask difficult questions

and search for the truth

where the lives of others are not valued or supported with respect.

May we find within ourselves

the power to be prophetic

whenever we are aware

that the values of Your kingdom

are not being lived within our lives.

 

We pray for generosity amongst the nations of our world.

The Autumn chill that surrounds us is more than the changing of a season,

instead it represents our hands being tied

as we struggle with how to respond

to the crisis we see across the globe.

As winds and storms continue to battle across the planet,

we pray for communities

that have been laid low in recent hurricanes;

for families displaced

and livelihoods lost.

In the chill winds and storming tempers

of Presidents and Supreme leaders,

we seek the warmth of Your patience

to break the battle of wills,

and ease the aggressive rhetoric.

In the chill of Europe’s reception to the possibilities of Brexit

may You throw wide the doors of communication

and encourage engaging and lively conversation.

 

Inspire our lives with generosity.

Here within this building

let us learn to value each other’s gifts and talents,

to offer them freely,

and to welcome those offered by others

even if we think they compete with what we do.

Help us to remember and learn from the gracious presence of Christ

show in the lives of those

who made us welcome

and encouraged us

to show glory to Christ

in the living of faith.

Amen.

Sunday 13th September 2015 – Pentecost 16B

Call to Worship

The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of His hands.

Day and night spill out all they know of the Creator,

and without spoken word,

or language that divides,

they share the knowledge and wisdom

across the world

to the ends of the earth.

 

Under the canopy of heaven

the Lord gathers all people together,

that they might witness his creating and sustaining care

of all He surveys.

The words of common and law He offers

are celestial lights

that offer the freedom

to live acknowledging

that all life is precious,

and that God’s grace is the nectar

on which we are to be fed.

 

In the presence of the Lord,

let us meditate upon HIs word and work,

and feast upon His grace,

that the life in which we share

may speak of the Lord

and his compassion, mercy and inspiration.

Sunday 21st June 2015 – Pentecost 4B

Call to Worship

Give thanks to God, for He is good.

His love endures forever.

 

Let those who have been tossed about in the tempest,

who found their courage melt,

who reeled and staggered

and found themselves at their winds end,

come and cry to the Lord,

for He hears their cries.

Whispering to the wind,

hushing the waves,

the Lord brings calm

and a guides the distressed to a safe haven.

 

Let us give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love,

and exalt Him in the presence of all people.

Sunday 14th June 2015 – Pentecost 3B

Call to Worship

It is good to praise the Lord Most High,

and make music to His name

Let us proclaim the love of the Lord in the morning,

and His faithfulness at night.

With organ and voice,

rustling, shuffling and accidental percussion,

may the music of our lives

find a harmony

that allows others to hear

the presence of heaven.

 

May we flourish in the presence of the Lord,

and grow within this Holy Place

to bear the fruit of an age

spent in the grace of God,

knowing that He is our rock

and the path in which we can trust.

Sunday 7th June 2015 – Pentecost 2B

Call to Worship

Out of the depths of our lives
we cry to the Lord,
who offers an attentive ear.
The Lord keeps no record of wrongs,
and instead removes our fears
by offering forgiveness.

As we wait on the Lord,
and listen for his Word,
our souls wait patiently,
oping that the Holy presence will restore us.

As we worship the Lord,
His unfailing love and saving presence
restores our faith and hope,
and prepares for the work
of the Holy Spirit.

Let us worship the Lord.

Sunday 24th May 2015 – Pentecost B

Call to Worship

How many are the works of God,
who in His wisdom made all creatures.
The earth and sea so cast and spacious
spill with life,
both large and small.

The needs of all are supplied
from the generosity of the Lord’s hand,
as He satisfies with all good things.
When we feel part from our Creator,
we are lost and afraid,
uncertain of the future.
The Spirit of God comes
to renew the earth
with life
and the assurance of the Creator’s love.

So may we remember the enduring nature
of the glory of the Lord,
and rejoice in the One
who shakes us from our self-satisfaction.
Let us sing praise to the One,
who accompanies our living.

Praise the Lord, O my soul.

Praise the Lord.