Prayers of Adoration & Confession

Wondrous God, creator of the Earth,
of endless discoveries and delights,
of new green shoots following the Autumn rain.

Forgive us for exploiting and taking what is yours for our own.
May we seek to live in harmony with your goodness,
praising the power of mountains before the power of corporations
and shining stars before shining dollars.

May our lives and our prayers be one
As our hopes shape the roads we walk on
And when our work and our dreaming’s done
May our lives and our prayers be one

Jesus, who walks with the people of the Earth
and sees each of us in our infinite diversity.

Show us the way to care for people and to love them as we find them.
Forgive us for insensitivity and thinking only of ourselves,
and remind us to be aware that, in community, pain felt by one is shared by all.
Open our eyes to see the Kingdom of God in the kindness of others.

May our lives and our prayers be one
As our hopes shape the roads we walk on
And when our work and our dreaming’s done
May our lives and our prayers be one

Holy Spirit, who dances in all the Earth,
weaving songs of joy and planting seeds of hope.
Bring us peace in the knowledge that we were made whole and are accepted just as we are.
Forgive us for the fears that keep us from growing in your love.
Give us courage to nurture your creation within ourselves,
trusting your design as we move into places unknown.

May our lives and our prayers be one
As our hopes shape the roads we walk on
And when our work and our dreaming’s done
May our lives and our prayers be one

May we remember that we are works of your creation
and nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Amen

Believe the good news that come from God, in Christ we are forgiven.

Thanks be to God.

by Amelia Ware, offered for worship, 19/5/19

Prayers of the people

Loving God, we come to you in prayer,
many of us grieving for the choices our country has made for our future.
Help us to find strength in you and in each other to remain hopeful
as we face the rising challenges that this election result presents.
Help us to remain hopeful for justice, for the future of our planet,
for kindness and love to win over division and fear.
We pray that this government will not be deaf
to our calls to protect the earth, protect its habitats
and to respond to the climate emergency that we are experiencing right now.
That this government will listen to all its people not just those with wealth and power.
Learning that we are all interconnected and need every creature on the earth.

We hold our leaders in our prayers and in your love – seeking hope.
Show us how to be voices for change and to not lose hope –
nor be overwhelmed by the immensity of the challenges ahead.
We pray especially for our young people and their growing anxiety for the future.
May they find courage and the resolve to continue to fight for change.

We hold our young people in our prayers and in your love – seeking hope.

Dear God we are mindful of so many people who are fleeing their homes in terror –
in so many parts of the world. We pray for peace –
we pray that world leaders will find peaceful solutions.
Show us how to add our voices to your message of love to counter hatred and exclusion.

We particularly pray for people whose lives hang in the balance
with a government so harsh towards asylum seekers.
Especially for those still trapped on Manus and Nauru and for those who struggle to survive
as they lose eligibility for even the tiny 89% of Newstart payments.
Help us to support the many individuals and families
who are experiencing severe hardship right now as a result.

We hold them in our prayers and in your love – seeking hope.

We also pray for the increasing number of people who sleep rough at night,
for people who lack the housing and support services they need
as they struggle with mental health issues, and for women and children
who cannot feel safe in their own homes.
We hold them in our prayers and in your love – seeking hope.
Show us how to reach out and how to care.

Thank you for the deepening sense of community
that we can experience here at Brunswick.
Thank you that we are surrounded by people we love,
grateful for so much goodness and beauty,
so many opportunities to find friendship, meaning and love in our lives.
Yet in our midst, we know there are hearts heavy with sadness, anxiety and loss.
We stop to think of those close to us who are struggling.
We especially pray for Richard and Vilma Collard right now.

We hold them in our prayers and in your love – seeking hope.

Loving God – stir our hearts and minds to draw on your presence
as we seek to live out your love in our daily lives.

Hold us all in your love and give us hope.

In Jesus name,

Amen

by Meredith Budge, offered for worship, 19/5/19