Prayers of Adoration & Confession

Watch or 5:17

Create in us a clean heart, O God.
Renew within us a right Spirit.
Cast us not away from your presence, O Lord,
and take not your Holy Spirit from us.
Restore to us fullness of joy,
the joy that springs from your salvation.
Lighten our minds,
shelter our lives with your Spirit free.

SONG:  Create in us, by Digby Hannah, from Together in Song, Harper Collins Religious
Reproduced with permission under ONE LICENCE # 604502

Steadfast loving God
you call all people into relationship with you.
Your hospitality and love are boundless
From your abundance you provide all that we need.
Forgive us when we squander this abundance
when we create harm to the beauty of creation
when we do not share with those in need.
Create in us a clean heart, steadfast loving God.

Jesus, Son of God
you call all people to follow you, to lose our lives with you
Day after day on your journey to the cross
you shower the vulnerable, the lost and lonely with compassion.
Forgive us when we stumble along the way
when we fail to notice and reach out to people in need
when we fail to care for ourselves and simply live.
Restore to us fullness of joy, Jesus, Son of God.

Holy Spirit, dove descending
you sustain us with holy fire and life giving breath.
You draw us into community, to bless each other
to become the people of God, your hands at work in the world.
Forgive us when we close our hearts and drop our eyes
when we become wearied by the burden of care
when we forget that we are part of a loving community.
Lighten our minds, renew us Holy Spirit, dove descending. Amen

From the book of Jeremiah we read
‘No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’,
for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord;
for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.’  Jeremiah 33:34
Come people of God and rejoice, for we can be confident
that in the name of Jesus, son of God, our sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.  Amen

Saide Cameron, offered for worship 21/03/21, Len 5B

Prayers of the people

Watch or 54:32

Steadfast loving God you are our home, creator of all that is.
We pray for our planet, this wondrous resilient extraordinary gift of hospitality.
We give thanks for people everywhere working to halt the harm and restore beauty.
We pray for people throughout the world with no homes, displaced by war and greed.
and give thanks for hospitality offered, praying that world leaders will open their hearts.

Jesus, Son of God, you are the head and heart of the church worldwide.
We pray for church leaders that they may lead with love and compassion
We give thanks for ordinary people your hands and heart at work in the world
We pray for people who have been abandoned and hurt by the church.
and give thanks for the gift of compassion as we reach out to heal the harm done.

Holy Spirit, dove descending, you breathe life into our community.
We pray for those who are ill in body or mind, confused, lost, alone, out of work.
We give thanks for all who offer love and care within and beyond the church.
We pray for our congregation as we rebuild after a long year of separation
and give thanks for emerging ways of being in community as your people.  Amen

Saide Cameron, offered for worship by Ray Cameron, 21/03/21, Lent 5B