Prayers of Adoration & Confession

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Let us bow together in Prayer and Praise.

Holy One, Mother and Father, Creator of the song and dance of life.
You sang our world into being,
so from the dust, the soil, the stone, the rocks, the mountains,
everything shouts a hymn of praise to God the Creator, the designer, the artist.

Alleluia

From the microscopic to the majesty of whales,
everything that has life, that crawls, flies, jumps, runs, swims and breathes,
everything shouts a hymn of praise
to God the Creator, the gardener, the scientist, the architect.

Alleluia

From our thoughts, our minds, our words, our actions, our waiting and our searching,
Composer of the Symphony of life, with the whole earth we join together to offer our praise.
To sing and to dance, to laugh and to cry,
to find a way to witness to your New Heaven and Earth,
by living your new creation now.

Alleluia Amen

Now join me in singing our Prayer of Confession, Forgive us Now, written by Dave Brown, one of our members. As we sing let the words speak in our hearts and minds.

SONG:  Forgive us now

1.  Forgive us now O God of love
for all the pain that we have sown
for all the broken hearts we’ve left
and all the words we’ve left unsaid
forgive us gracious God of life

2.  Forgive us now O mother love
For all the idols we have built
For all the time we’ve worshipped there
In company of dark despair
Forgive us mother of all hope

as we forgive may we be healed
as we reach out may you be near
and take our hand to comfort bring
so we can face the start again

3.  Forgive us now O holy one
for crimes committed in your name
for all the holy wars we wage
for all the children we enslave
forgive us now O holy one.

4.  Forgive us now O Jesus Christ
for all the pride before the fall
for all the times our heart was cold
for all the monologues we’ve told
forgive us Jesus of new life.

          as we forgive . . .

Amen

Word of Grace
Brothers, Sisters, people and children of God,
In all the challenges of life we know that God has given us a light, shining in the darkness,
and that through Christ our light, because of Christ, and in Christ, our sin is forgiven.

Thanks be to God

Amen

Helen Burnham, offered for worship 13/11/2022, Pentecost 23C

SONG:  Forgive us now, by David Brown. ©2006, from Tune In, Brunswick UC, Used with permission

Prayers of the people

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Let us pray,

God, as we wait for a new heaven and a new earth,
May we trust in you as we pray for our world, our church, and our community.

We pray for the world and all living creatures,
We pray for communities where infant mortality is high due to disease, famine or poverty,
We pray for communities where children lose their parents due to war, disease, and famine, and for those who have lost their elders because of short life expectancies,
We pray for those whose homes have been destroyed by flooding, both here in Australia and overseas,
And for those whose communities have been devastated by war and greed.
For world leaders, that they will work for safe lives for all communities,
For those seeking asylum, and all those who are unsafe in their home country,
For indigenous communities around the world, and all those whose land and culture has been taken from them.
In your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the church, as we all look towards a new future
We pray for our own community here, particularly Ian and Peter as they recover from COVID, and for all who lead us as a community.
For the other churches in Brunswick,
For healing of the increasing divide between conservative and progressive churches within many denominations.
We pray for the Uniting Church in Australia, and for the United Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.
For the Ecumenical movement around the world and for peaceful interfaith dialogue,
In your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those we love and those within our communities,
We pray for those who are unwell, and those who care for the sick,
For those who are lonely, and those who cannot find time to themselves.
For those facing rental distress, or having trouble finding a safe place to live,
For those who are underpaid or lacking meaningful work,
For those who weep, and cry in sadness.
Give us hands to help and ears to hear.
In your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving God, we know that you answer us before we call,
And hear us while we are still speaking.
In your mercy, hear our prayer.
Amen.

Natalie Sims, offered for worship 13/11/2022, Pentecost 23C