Prayers of Adoration & Confession

Watch or 9:47

In the beginning God you created beauty and wonder out of chaos.
You spoke your Word of love and breathed life into the world.
You call us to witness to this love, to treasure all that is created,
to tread lightly and with reverence, to share this abundance with joy.
And yet we stumble, we become downcast, we cover our ears, we do not hear.
Forgive us God of love, raise us up anew that we might listen. 

In the Easter Garden, Risen Lord, you spoke Mary’s name and she saw you
Later you proclaimed peace to your disciples and invited them to touch you and see.
You called them to witness to what they had seen and invite us to do the same
to proclaim your love to all the world, to speak of peace, of hope, of forgiveness.
And yet we stumble, we become downcast, we drop our eyes, we do not see.
Forgive us Risen Lord, raise us up anew that we might see. 

In our everyday lives, Jesus Son of God, you walk among us breathing love
You are with the homeless, the refugees, the asylum seekers, the first nations people
You call us to witness to the despair and rejection felt by those with no voice
to cry out for justice, to work for peace, to proclaim your message of passionate love.
And yet we stumble, we become downcast, our hearts break, we do not feel.
Forgive us Jesus, Son of God, raise us up anew that we might care. 

Jesus said to his disciples ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and seeLuke 24:37
Come let us rejoice for Jesus, Son of God, our Risen Lord, also invites us to touch and see him in our world.
We can be confident therefore that in his name our sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.  Amen

Saide Cameron, offered for worship 18/04/21, Easter 3B

Prayers of the people

Watch or 53:58

Mother God

We bring to you our prayers
Our hopes
Our midnight thoughts
Our half written pieces of paper

At the end of another week
We feel heavy and tired
We are burdened by the cares of the world

We pray for those for whom violence tears the fabric of their days
For those who live in constant distress
For the parts of the world where tomorrow is a fearful place

We pray that they might have the strength to persevere
And their leaders have courage, to bring hope and peace and change.

We pray for the church
For worshipful communities everywhere
That we might bring the good news
And share with others signs of hope and renewal.

We pray for our communities
For the lost and the lonely and the tired
That we might be able to see each day
Not as it stumbles behind the one before
But as something new, and full of promise.

We give thanks for this moment to sit in silence
With you


Simone Alesich, offered for worship 18/04/2021, Easter 3B