Prayers of Adoration & Confession
You may have heard of the Manna Gum tree, it is called that because during summer, soft white sugary lumps form on its leaves and fall onto the ground below where they can be gathered by hand or with the furry side of a possum skin cloak.
Just be careful not to put a lump of bird poo in your mouth by mistake..
Let us pray,
God of everyday miracles, creator of the majestic Manna Gum,
You send rain to fill swamps and rivers with life giving water,
hanging dampness in the air and seeping deep underground
to find roots that spread in search.
You send sunlight to fill our lengthening days,
golden warmth meeting branches that sculpt themselves towards the light,
forming shadowy shelters below.
You send wind to rock sleeping Koalas and rustle their leafy surrounds,
Winds that come bearing colourful birds and carry off warblings and chirps.
You send summer snowings of manna,
so soft and sweet that we could believe it fell straight from heaven.
Formed from sap that once carried the flow of life within the great tree,
we wonder at the miracle of life passing in, around and among us,
feeding us and giving us new life.
Forgive us for all the miracles that pass us by, unseen and without notice.
Show us how to sustain ourselves with your daily gift of life,
Seeking new understandings and continuing to pray as you taught us.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Jesus tells us: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Today, our eyes will be opened,
Today, we will be fed,
Today, we will follow Jesus and find new life,
In Christ, through Christ and because of Christ, our sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.
Amelia Ware, offered for worship, 20/09/2020, Season of Creation 1