Its summer and once again I’m abandoning the lectionary for five weeks. I’m also playing with the time schedule of the Narrative Lectionary to fit around what is happening in congregational and community life. This week is the first week of the Sacraments readings and so we are using Psalm 46 and Acts 2: 37-42.
You greet us in this moment and place.
In the voices that chatter, sing and soar,
You whisper and beckon,
drawing us closer that Your love
will settle our thoughts,
and fill our hearts.
The joys of this week
are to be captured
and in the conversation
the dancing of the Holy Spirit
is noticed and celebrated.
as Christ calls us to compassion,
and to welcome tears and hurt
that our lives might be shaped
around a community built
on an understanding of the wholeness of our being
placed in You.
But hurt at times can cause us to hit back,
and so we turn to You in our brokenness
remembering those times
when angry words and cruel actions
have scarred the lives of those around us.
Let us not forget
in those moments
when we feel the circumstances will overwhelm us
and we ignore those who are in need of our care.
Lord of Grace,
Your Spirit sweeps through our lives,
and calls us back to walk with Christ,
enabling love to become the action
that makes You present in all we do.
Prayers of the People
Creator of all of life,
we praise You the fullness of our encounters
of Your presence in our lives.
We thank You for the time we have a congregation
to grow in our love
and commitment to serve You in new and unusual ways.
You have inspired us
with those who have made their home
within our lives,
and so we give thanks for those
who have offered commitment and leadership
as ministers and elders,
and we thank You for those
who have offered their abilities and talents
to offer a church that welcomes all.
In word and sacrament,
You have brought to our attention
that we can place
in the One who offers eternity and wonder.
We remember those who have been baptised within our church community.
We pray for children, young people, those of middle and older years,
and remember the seeds of faith that have been sown.
At times of baptism our focus is so often on young life,
and so our prayers are drawn to the young across our world
and remember the vulnerability of youth,
those with no home, nothing to eat,
a lack of care.
In the agony of growing and learning,
we think of all those who find themselves outside the law,
and we pray for prisoners.
We long for all to offer respect,
and in that longing
we hope for places that rebuild a sense of self and purpose.
Growing calls us into relationships,
and we remember those
who make commitments to others,
either in marriage or civil partnerships.
We give thanks for love shared,
and the hope it inspires within us all.
As life ebbs,
and bodies weary,
our abilities and skills change
to encompass all we have known and encountered.
We pray for those who struggle with each day
as illness, sorrow, and loneliness lap at strength
and challenge vision for the future.
We remember those facing death
and those who mourn,
and give thanks for all those who have touched our lives,
encouraged us in our abilities,
and brought clear signs of Christ’s presence.
who meets us in many ways,
may we continue to find inspiration
in the ordinary and extraordinary moments You offer.
Giver of all,
in word we hear of Your wonder,
in song we have sung to Your glory,
in trust we offer our gifts
for the fullness of Your action,
in hope we return to the world
to show signs of Christ’s love.