Prayers of Adoration & Confession

Holy God, we come to you on this first day of the week
in search of hope for all who hold despair in their hearts=
and we discover that you have thrown open the tomb of darkness
revealing your glory to all whose hearts are open.
You are our hope in the darkness holding us fast when we would despair.

Jesus, Son of God, we come to you on the first day of the week
in search of peace for our world, so marred by violence and hate
and we remember that you were hung on a cross with criminal
betrayed, denied, tried and crucified, buried in a tomb.
Rising to new life, you transform the lives of all who come to you.

Jesus, Risen Christ, we come to you on the first day of the week
in search of love for the broken hearted, voiceless, forgotten people
and we discover that your steadfast love is stronger even than death
deeper, wider, more amazing than we could ever comprehend.
You show us how to love and call us to do the same every day.

Holy God, Son of God, Risen Christ we are your people
gathered in here in this place, on the first day of the week.
Raise us up anew this day and every day to walk with you
to follow you speaking words of hope, peace and love,
a forgiven people, transformed by grace.  Amen

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Saide Cameron, offered for worship 21/4/19, Easter Sunday

Prayers of the people

Holy One,
We pray for the world:
a world where many people live under the shadow of war,
in conflict zones, and
in places where violence is used to gain power and suppress others.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it.
We pray that signs of hope will continue to grow in these places, and for the people who show us ways to respond:
for Jacinda Ardern, who has reminded us that we each hold the power, in our words and in our actions, in our daily acts of kindness, that the challenge is to make the very best of us, a daily reality.
for Karen Nettleton who did not give up, who kept loving, and travelled to the Syrian refugee camp of al-Hawl to find three of her grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
for countless aid workers, some of whom are sitting here among us now, who go to offer care and support to people living in conflict zones.
May they have the strength to continue, and may we follow their example.

Risen Christ,
We pray for the church:
a church that at times has placed its own existence above those it should serve,
where people’s trust has been betrayed,
where everyone has not been made welcome.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.
We pray for the flourishing of the signs of hope that we see:
for leaders who speak out, who speak against their colleagues, and stand up for the voiceless
for the ordinary people who show what the gospel really means as they serve others, faithfully, quietly and gently, showing compassion,
for the people who teach our young with care, and wisdom, and love.
May they have the strength to continue, and may we follow their example.

Life Giving Spirit,
We pray for our community:
a community where people are abused because of their race,
where people who come seeking asylum are treated as criminals,
where violence is used to gain power and suppress others.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.
We see signs of hope.  We pray these will grow, and for the people who show us ways to respond:
For Adam Goodes and Eddie Betts, who continue to call out racist abuse and challenge us all to do the same,
For Behrouz Boochani the Iranian-Kurdish journalist, human rights defender, poet and film producer who has been held on Manus Island since 2013, and the many people who campaign for justice for Behrouz and all asylum seekers, who protest, who write letters, who speak out, who sing, who say this is not acceptable,
For Rosie Batty, who has shown love in the face of unspeakable violence and has been a voice for many.
May they have the strength to continue, and may we follow their example.

May we be part of the light that shines in the darkness in the world, in the church and in our community.  Amen.

Kirsty Bennett, offered for worship 21/4/18, Easter Sunday