Sunday 24th May 2015 – Pentecost B (3)

Offertory Prayer

Lord of many people,

of many languages,

of many needs,

many questions,

Your Spirit brings us to the unity

of what it means to serve You.

In the offering we bring,

and the lives that we will live,

may we speak with one voice

of our common purpose

to bring the knowledge

of the love of God

shown in Jesus Christ

to all people.

Amen

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Sunday 25th January 2015 – Epiphany 3B

This week it’s a Call to Worship, Opening Prayer and Offertory Prayer.

Call to Worship

The Lord is our rock

and the stronghold of our faith,

and our souls can take rest in Him

for he saves us from our own wants and wills.

When we grow frustrated with the world around

and angry with the lies of those

who tear at the integrity of others,

it is the Lord alone

who can turn the words of hurt

into the blessings

that transform our world.

Let us rest our weariness in the Lord,

that we may not be shaken

from the steps we are invited to walk.

Let us trust the living God

with the contents of our hearts

and seek refuge.

Then may His breath inspire

richness in the talents we share,

so that we become strong in our love,

forthright in our praise,

and fervent in our cries for justice.

Opening Prayer

In every emotion,

Your voice is hear calling us to know

that we are Yours,

Compassionate God.

In the midst of human sorrow

You hold the hands of those who weep,

and bring warmth to the hands and arms

of those who will hold and encourage.

When joy is overwhelming,

You are part of the bubbling brook of laughter,

and the stilling presence

that calms

and brings rest

so that ordinary life can be lived.

In every time and age,

Your voice

brings fresh challenge,

new insight and wisdom,

ensuring that the creativity of the Gospel

steps boldly

into places and situations

and the invitation

to know Your presence

casts new light

on all that once was known.

God of impetus and urgency,

the call You make to Your disciples

looks for a response.

It comes with urgency and passion

to step out boldly in Your name.

Forgive us for our reluctance

and uncertainty in all You call us to be.

Silence

God whose forgiveness brings courage to our lives,

may we respond with humility and trust

as we allow Your presence

to echo from all we say and do.

Amen.

Offertory Prayer

In our hands and voices,

You have place Your presence

to stir our world

to be a place where justice and hope

reign in the hearts of all.

These gifts we bring,

not just from our pockets,

but in our actions and thoughts,

come full of joy

and with the anticipation

that Your kingdom will be present

in all life.

Amen.

Sunday 23rd November 2014 – Christ the King

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

Come,

Sing for joy to the Lord.

Come,

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.

 

Come,

let us bow before the Lord our Creator.

He is our God,

and we are the people of His Care.

 

Come,

let us worship God.

 

 

Opening Prayer

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

that demonstrates

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,

every corner,

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.

 

Silence

 

Gracious Creator,

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.

Amen.

 

 

Offertory Prayer

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.

Amen.

 

 

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,

this week,

and today.

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

are different

and find ways in which all may be assured of their home in You.

 

We pray for the sick and the dying.

In communities

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.

Amen.

Sunday 23rd February 2014 – Epiphany 7A (4)

Lord of the Gospel,

Your teaching asks us

to grow into Your love

that the fruits of our lives might show maturity

in how they are shared.

Asking us to give generously

from all that we have,

we offer

the talent we have hidden;

the time we would squander;

and the wealth we store away.

In what we give

may others come to know

that they are treasured by You,

and live lives that speak of Christ’s love.

Amen.