Prayers of the people
Our God Joy has seemed hard to find in 2020.
We have cried & wept as the world has been on the descent,
the riverbeds in our hearts & land are dry
the fires leap in your pristine terrains.
We cry with the ancestors for lost dreaming,
we cry for those sick or gone from within our church
we see endless sickness as those with power are joyless and do not reap with of joy.
O God, we pray for us & these in our community sick & crying,
grappling with joyless parched lives without a job, finances ruined, hurt from violence and in despair.
May they know your Joy O God.
We pray for the power to step into that joy offering it to others.
Let us bring it to them, through your call to us, O God
Joy is coming through Oh God ….
We start to hear the calmed breathing,
a friend gone but their laughing story shared,
the rain drop, the joyous water moving in dance,
the joy of zero days,
joy as justice & change flows in the lands of the USA,
the possibility of human wonder in vaccines,
the wondrous birthing of the Great barrier reef,
the houses being built for the homeless ……
Thank you Oh God – you have given us joy just because you can
As your Church God give us that Joy through working in cooperation,
showing help to neighbours & community in the sheer joy of justice, of doing the right thing.
You have given us glimpses of Zion,
O God let us laugh, dream, dance, take joy to the world as a church … reaping.
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy’.
And so be it, amen
Jenne Perlstein, offered for worship 13/12/2020, Advent 3B