Prayers of Adoration & Confession

O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my prayer:
When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my prayer,
Come and listen to me.

SONG:  O Lord, hear my prayer, by Jacques Berthier, from Together in Song, Harper Collins Religious, WORD OF LIFE

Mother and Father God,
Sustainer of our lives, you give us all we need.
The abundance of Earth,
Sunshine that warms the soil,
New seedlings rising from dark earth.
God, hear us.
Hear our prayer

Holy Spirit
Creative force in our lives, you give us all we need.
Moving among all people in our diversity,
Adding flavour and energy to inspire us,
Like yeast, you breathe life into our tiredness.
Spirit, hear us.
Hear our prayer

Hospitable Christ,
Our teacher and example, you give us all we need.
Inviting us to sit and listen,
Treating us all as sisters and brothers,
Calling us to share what we have,
Christ, hear us.
Hear our prayer

O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my prayer:
When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my prayer,
Come and listen to me.

Loving God, we lay ourselves, and our world before you.
We lift to you our own hunger, and the hunger of our world.
We lift to you our own brokenness, and the brokenness of our world.
We lift to you our own sorrow, and the sorrow of our world
In your mercy
Hear our prayer

O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my prayer:
When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my prayer,
Come and listen to me.

Sisters and brothers, hear this word of Grace.
God listens to our prayers, and the Spirit speaks when our words are not enough.
Jesus welcomes all to the feast that is prepared for us.
Through Christ, in Christ, and because of Christ, our sin is forgiven
Thanks be to God.
Amen.

Natalie Sims, offered for worship by Natalie Sims, Shawn Whelan, Daniel Whelan, 02/08/2020, Pentecost 9A

Prayers of the people

We come now to pray for the world, the church and ourselves.
Three times during these prayers I will pause and light a candle.
I invite you to use that as an invitation to make these prayers your own.

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So let us pray.

Gracious God, we pray for the hungry to be fed, the thirsty to be satisfied, the tired to be refreshed, and, if we are already full, that we will be generous.

We pray for those whose poverty or race or nationality has left them especially exposed and vulnerable in this time of isolation, those whose hunger for friendship is painful.

Candle is lit.

We pray for those whose work or vocation leaves them exposed to infection, and who for the sake of others hide their own hungers and thirst.

We pray that those, including ourselves, whose power, race or nationality has provided privileges in this time of isolation, and who are indifferent to those who hunger. Merciful God, may we all, like the crowds Jesus fed, be caught up in your divine generosity.

Candle is lit.

We pray for those, in our own nation and elsewhere, who in anger and bitterness peddle falsehoods. Untwist their minds and soften their hearts, and lead them into a hunger for truth.

We pray for those, in our own nation and elsewhere, who exploit this time of isolation and, like Herod, hoard power, influence and money. Gracious God, raise up courageous voices, like those of John the Baptist, who call them to account.

Candle is lit.

We pray for the church in its local, national and global expressions. Help us in this strange time to find new ways of being generous in friendship, hospitality and care.

Help us, loving God, to live out now the messianic banquet where all will be generous, where all will feast, and where all will rejoice as we taste and see that you are love.

In the name of Jesus Christ, the bread of life, Amen.

O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my prayer:
When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my prayer,
Come and listen to me.

Geoff Thompson, offered for worship 02/08/2020, Pentecost 9A