Prayers of Adoration & Confession
You are the source of all that is,
You hear all who call on you.
Saving those who are oppressed,
Renewing all of creation,
Embracing us with a parent’s love.
You welcomed the poor and the sick,
You sit among the stranger and the outcast,
Sharing your love and wisdom,
Bearing witness to our burdens and suffering,
Showing us how to love.
You enlighten us with insight,
You move within and between us,
Answering the prayers of the lonely,
Enriching our lives with creativity,
Helping us to care for others.
God in Community, Holy in One:
yesterday, today and tomorrow,
Your love welcomes all,
but we place boundaries on the welcome we extend to others.
Reserving our tables for friends and families,
Honouring the popular and the powerful,
Turning away from the beggar on the street,
Ignoring those who are imprisoned,
Closing our borders to the refugee.
Eternal God, forgive us, as individuals, as a community, as a country.
God, you are our helper. Help us to do better.
Help us to be generous, and to see with your eyes.
Help us not to be afraid,
but to welcome all people with an unencumbered love.
Sisters and Brothers, just as the Spring has come, bringing new life to the world,
God hears our prayers, and calls us to new life in Christ,
filling us with compassion and hope for the future.
Remember the Good News: Through Christ, our sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God!
by Natalie Sims, offered for worship, 1/9