Prayers of Adoration & Confession

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Great God in ages past you called your people
from the farthest parts of the earth.
You lead us back onto a straight path.
You wrap us round with steadfast love
in all our complicated grief and distress
and you send us out again in our brokenness
to love the world in all her glory & wonder.

Jesus of Nazareth, fully human, you walked
a new path unsettling those around you.
You inspire us with your teachings
as we stumble along behind you
and you ask us ‘What do you want from me?’
and with the blind man we respond ‘Let me see’.

Holy Spirit, gentle breath of God, you breathe
new life into the whole of creation.
You call all people to live in harmony.
the air and water with all creatures
and ask us to tread lightly and carefully
to get up daily, to see and care with love.

Great God forgive us when we hold onto our brokenness
setting it before ourselves as a shield.
Help us to see this brokenness as a gift instead
a pathway to loving the world with joy.

Jesus of Nazareth forgive us when we fail to understand
your question and continue stumbling blindly.
Help us to hear your call each day
to follow you on the path to peace.

Holy Spirit forgive us when we fall into disharmony
and fail to care for all creation.
Help us to breathe in love as we wake
so that we might live abundantly and free.


Like Bartimaeus who cried out to Jesus for mercy,
and was called to life,
let us rise up and follow Jesus on the way.
For by his healing grace, our sin is forgiven.

Thanks be to God.  Amen.

Saide Cameron, offered for worship 24/10/2021, Pentecost 22B

Prayers of the people

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One of the great traditional prayer responses of the church, Kyrie eleison, comes from Bartimaeus’s cry to Jesus, “Have mercy on me; eleison me”. Kyrie eleison are Greek words meaning, Lord have mercy, or, more fully, have compassion, grace, faithfulness, lovingkindness, steadfast love.

Let us pray with Bartimaeus in song, holding in mind and heart the needs of our lives, our community, the body of Christ, our nation, the peoples of the world, the earth and all it’s creatures. Let us pray, Kyrie eleison.

Kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison

Jesus, way walker, path treader,
you call us with Bartimaeus to rise up in hope.
Grant us the faith to follow you on your way
through struggle, into new life.
Pour out your healing mercy,
your compassionate grace, along our way

Have mercy on us in our emergence from lockdown
with the complex range of emotions we are feeling.

Have mercy on your children:
those who are ill, those grieving loved ones, those anxious and afraid.

Have mercy on our community:
business owners and operators, health workers, teachers and students,
and those who have been left unemployed by the pandemic.

Have mercy on the church
as we seek ways to witness to your gracious love
for the vulnerable and the marginalised in the face of vaccine mandates.

Have mercy on the world
with justice in oppression, peace in conflict, plenty in poverty.

And have mercy on the earth:
the air, soil and water, plants and animals,
including your human siblings,
one creation in the light of your love for all.

Kyrie eleison

Kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison
Kyrie eleison, kyrie eleison

All this we pray in the name of Christ who taught us to pray saying:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Ian Ferguson, offered for worship 24/10/2021, Pentecost 22B