Psalm 23 – a psalm with Wow!, Oh No! and Phew moments

Prayers of Adoration & Confession

God of ancient times, you speak into the hearts of your people
calling through the ages to a new and better way to live in the world.
Time and time again you restore us when we stumble and fall
holding us in your steadfast love until our cup overflows.

Risen Christ, present with us now, you send us out into the world
to be your body, restoring and loving and healing and offering hope.
Time and time again you restore us when drift away
holding us in your steadfast love until we rise anew with you.

Mothering God, you offer us the gift of life, rich and full and complex
revealing to us a wholeness in all things that takes our breath away.
Time and time again you restore us with loving kindness
holding us in your steadfast love, renewing us with grace and mercy. Amen

God of ancient times we confess that we become deaf
to the passage of time, the immensity of the story that shapes us.
Forgive us for the smallness of our vision and the failing of our hope.

Risen Christ we confess that we stray from your calling,
and become overwhelmed by despair in all the wrongs of the world.
Forgive us when we forget your stories and your healing love.

Mothering God we confess that we lose sight of the wonders all around us
and instead find ourselves inexplicably trudging instead of dancing.
Forgive us our lack of joy in the abundance of your many gifts.  Amen

The psalmist sings: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
                  Psalm 23:6
So let us sing too of this goodness and mercy, of healing, hope and grace,
And know that in the name of Christ, our risen Saviour, our sins are forgiven.
Thanks be God.  Amen

Saide Cameron, offered for worship 12/05/19, Easter 4

Prayers of the people

God of ancient times we pray for our world, rich in complexity
and yet suffering under the weight of destructive greed and consumption.
We pray for the land, that all may be restored to abundance.
We pray for people, ripped away from their homes
that they may be restored to the homes they once loved
or find new homes to shape and love and call their own.
We pray for creatures under threat from habitation loss
that they may be restored to their place in the world.
God our Shepherd we give thanks for all the work being done
to restore the brokenness that has shattered the goodness of creation.

Jesus, Risen Christ we pray for the church, your body
fractured and yet beautiful, lost and yet found.
We pray for church leaders, seeking to offer hope in the brokenness,
for our President Deidre Palmer and our Moderator Sharon Hollis
for our Ministry Team in this time of transition
for Ian, Peter, Janet, Valentina, Janet and Dave.
We pray for people who come to the church worldwide seeking hope
that they will find restoration, hope, healing, love and wholeness.
God our Shepherd we give thanks for all who work
to create a welcome, a loving space for people in need.

Mothering God we pray for our community in all its diversity
people close to our hearts and all those who are hidden in the shadows.
We pray for asylum seekers and refugees seeking a new life,
for people who suffer from physical and mental ill health,
for those who have no work, no home, no family,
for people of all ages whose stories are not told or heard.
We pray for all who seek to offer places of refuge and hope
for the Olive Way and the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre.
God our Shepherd we give thanks for all who work
to shine your light in the darkness.  Amen.

Saide Cameron, offered for worship 12/05/19, Easter 4