Prayers of Adoration & Confession

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Creator God, you spoke, and the earth was formed.
Creator, Christ and Spirit, together,
You are the source of all that is.

In every day, and in every moment, you are still speaking,
And in all that has beauty, your love shines.
In the loud crack of lightning,
In the beating wings of a dove,
In the unfamiliar face of a stranger,

God on high, you do not keep silent.
Creator, Christ and Spirit, together, you are with us in our daily lives.

In every day, and in every moment, you are still speaking,
And in the midst of all that is broken, your love shines through.
Through your cries for justice,
Through your call to compassion,
Through your experience of suffering,
Your love shines.

God of justice, Compassionate Spirit, Suffering Christ,
Forgive our blindness, when we have been indifferent to others,
When we have failed to see you in the face of the stranger.
Forgive our inaction, when we have felt the call to serve,
but have turned away.
Forgive our sin, when we do not see your light shining in the darkness,
calling us to follow.

Help us turn to you, help us see your love shining before us.[a bit of silence] Amen.

Sisters and brothers, it is God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness”.
God’s love is light that transforms the darkness,
letting old things pass away and bringing new life through Christ.

Hear the good news, our sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

Natalie Sims, offered for worship 14/02/2021, Transfiguration Sunday B

Prayers of the people

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Ian and Natalie light taper candles on the communion table for each of these prayers.

We light candles today asking for God’s blessing of light from the radiant mountaintop of prayer upon the world, the church and all in need.

Let us pray.

God send your blessing of light on the earth and all its creatures …

Light tapers

Shine for them with the light of your creative love. 

God send your blessing of light on nations and peoples, especially those experiencing political violence and those battered by the pandemic …

Light tapers

Shine for them with the light of your justice and peace.

God send you blessing of light on all those who are ill or struggling in other ways, especially under lockdown …

Light tapers

Shine for them with the light of your healing.

God send your blessing of light on all who are grieving, all who have lost loved ones …

Light tapers

Shine for them with the light of your comfort and peace.

We sing God’s blessing of light for the church of Jesus Christ, where it is persecuted, where it is complacent, where it is struggling, where it is thriving …

Light tapers

Shine for us with the light of your hope, joy and communion.

We pray in Jesus name and in his words:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Ian Ferguson, offered for worship 14/02/2021, Transfiguration Sunday B