Prayers of Adoration & Confession

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God of the wedding feast,
You rejoice in human relationships
You celebrate with us
In the sharing of hospitality and friendship.

Jesus, guest and host,
You are love incarnate
God’s love come into this world
And you reveal your glory among us.

Spirit of transformation,
You move among us with water and wine,
Present and welcoming,
Making all things possible.

We adore you.

Forgive us when we do not celebrate the life we have, when we do not offer hospitality and friendship.
Forgive us when we do not act with love, when we do not live out your love.
Forgive us when we are bound by the possible, burdened by what is before us, and do not look to you.

Amen.

Siblings in Christ,
The Word became flesh and lived among us,
Full of truth and grace.
And so we can say with confidence:
Our sin in forgiven:
Thanks be to God.

Kirsty Bennett, offered for worship 09/01/2022, Epiphany 2C

Prayers of the people

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Good morning, my name is Tim and I will be leading Prayers of the People this morning.
To start, I would encourage you to take a moment to breathe intentionally and to be open to the presence of God, within and around you. So let us just PAUSE.

Loving God, we stand at the beginning of a New Year, a year full of uncertainty but we know that you are here with us. You invite us into your presence and into this year and you remind us that you are Emmanuel, God with us, God with us, God with us; you hold us in your love.
We need your presence to help us face this year ahead, to move past our anxiety and our concerns about current and future events, including the virus, climate change, politics, world affairs and also personal concerns that are on our hearts.

In the spirit of the Lord’s Prayer we pray for glimpses of your kingdom in this year, in this world and in our lives. Remind us that yours is a kingdom of love, of renewal, of forgiveness and reconciliation. Help us to notice the unexpected and new ways in which your love continues to break into this world: in new life, in the beauty of creation, in friendships, in creativity, in healing and hope.

Help us to be courageous, to look for signs of your kingdom, and also to work towards it. Help us to use our sense of your presence to be renewed, reinvigorated and open to how you might be leading us in these times. Despite uncertainties and anxieties, may we continue to be unsettled by your holy presence, your love which nurtures both strength and change. May we taste the rich joy of your love and life within and around us. May we draw courage and hope and may we share these qualities with those around us. May we be citizens and heralds of your dawning reign of peace.

For those countries, communities and situations around the world that are on our mind, we pause and pray. … . May your kingdom come dear Lord.

For friends who are struggling, for neighbours facing ill health, for those affected by Covid and its many disruptions, we pray.  … . May they be aware of your presence, may they know we stand with them and may we find ways to reach out in love.

For ourselves, help us to draw on your presence within and around us. Help us to notice you and to hear you when you speak into our lives. We bring to you our personal heart-felt concerns, that they might be held in your love. ….

The Lord’s Prayer

So we bring these prayers, remembering how your son and our brother Jesus taught us to pray:

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 forever. Amen.

Tim Budge, offered for worship, 09/01/2022, Epiphany 2C