Prayers of Adoration & Confession

Watch or go to 8:24

Vinegrower God,
You have planted us here,
In the soil of your grace,
As witnesses to your word.
We grow in your love.

Nurturing Spirit
You make us fruitful,
Giving us abundant gifts to share with the world
Drenching us in nourishing rain
Ripening us with the warmth of the sun,

Christ, the vine,
You are our strength and our stock,
We are your branches,
Bearing fruits of love and justice.
Abide in us, so we may abide in you.

Vinegrower God, Nurturing Spirit, Christ, the Vine,
We long to be like you, strong and full of courage, sustained by rich fertile soil,
But we confess that
Although we are sometimes full of passion,
At other times we are like dead branches.
While sometimes we feel nurtured by the Spirit,
At other times, we wither and fade.
While sometimes our lives seem fruitful,
At other times, we fail to see that we have made any difference at all.

Loving God, tend us as a Vinegrower tends the vineyard.
Heal our diseases,
Prune our unfruitful branches,
Train our wandering tendrils,
That we may continue to grow as fresh green shoots,
fruitful branches,
and glorious autumn leaves,
Reflecting your love for the world through all our seasons of life.

Sisters and brothers, Hear the words of Christ, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you”. Let us leave the old things behind. Like spring growth on vines after winter, we can start to grow again.

Through Christ, in Christ and because of Christ, our sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

Let us stand and sing Alleluia in celebration of our new life in Christ.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Natalie Sims, offered for worship 02/05/2021, Easter 5B

Prayers of the people

Watch or go to 46:05

Today’s prayers are based around four key words taken from the readings: Vine; Good News; Abide; Fruit.
Each one of them is the basis for one of the petitions of this prayer.

Let us pray

Vine: We commit to you, O God, all those places where people feel unconnected or barely hanging on to the threads and branches of community. We pray for refugees in this nation’s unjust detention centers. We pray for the people of India living in fear, anxiety and grief.  We pray for the people of Myanmar resisting the attempts to destroy community. We pray for the  First Nations peoples of this and other colonized lands who have been dispossessed of so many of their connecting threads.
God love and grace, hear our prayers

Good news:  God of the good news, we pray that all the forces within and beyond the church which obscure your love, goodness and graciousness will be undone. Quieten the voices that spread hate and violence in your name.  Open the minds that cheapen or trivialize your love. Make the freshness of the gospel real to those who only know to fear or doubt you. Remind us that this good news is found in the oddness of the risen crucified Jesus.
God love and grace, hear our prayers

Abide: God who welcomes us home, we pray for those who have nowhere to abide. We pray for those who have no source of constancy or comfort. For those who are pushed out of their homes and families, for those who are friendless and alone. We pray that we have the resolve and love to respond to the homeless.  We pray for those whose souls and minds are restless, and who cannot settle and who struggle to find anywhere to abide.
God love and grace, hear our prayers

Fruit: God who invites us to bear fruit, we pray for ourselves that the love that has drawn us to you may draw us out of ourselves in love for the world. Help us in this church in Brunswick, in the Uniting Church more generally, and in all churches, daily to remember the call you have placed on our lives. We pray that our discipleship, like Philip’s, will be grounded in your Son, Jesus, will cross boundaries, will be welcoming, and will provide sparks of hope in this world.

All these prayers we pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Geoff Thompson, offered for worship, 02/05/2021, Easter 5B