Prayer of Adoration

U-ya-i mo-se, tina-ma-te Mwa-ri 
u-ya-i mo-se zvi-no 

Come all you people, come and praise your Maker
Come now and worship the Lord. 

Our God we lift our hears to you  
in praise and adoration 
for we are fearfully and wonderfully made. 

All your works are wonderful and good,  
and so we offer our love to you 
as we bask in your love for us. 

Amen.  

Prayer of Confession

Prayer adapted from: https://australiancatholicsforequality.org/prayer-reflections/order-of-service-for-lament-and-apology-liturgy-to-lgbtiq/ 

Dear Jesus, as you wept over Jerusalem,
weep with us at the hurt we cause one another.

In the name of church leaders who have been complicit
in the silencing of LGBTIQ people by not speaking out on their behalf.
 

We are sorry. Have mercy and help us to love.  

In the name of the community of faith that has often stood by
while violent language has fuelled homophobia, exclusion and disrespect.
 

We are sorry. Have mercy and help us to love.  

In the name of those who fail to stand alongside siblings
who are vilified and attacked, abused and afraid.
 

We are sorry. Have mercy and help us to love.  

To those who have suffered from rejection and marginalisation
based on their sexual orientation, race, gender or socio-economic status.
 

We are sorry. Have mercy and help us to love.  

To those silenced by religious texts wielded as weapons
and who have felt the pain of religious homophobia and xenophobia.
 

We are sorry. Have mercy and help us to love.  

To those who carry marks on their bodies or spirits born of isolation,
prejudice, victimisation, violence, ignorance or religious zealotry.
 

We are sorry. Have mercy and help us to love.  

Dear Jesus, weep with us, and make our tears part of the healing.
Turn our lament into action, that we may love one another as you have loved us.
Meet our confession with your forgiving grace,
empowering us to build that world where the lowly are lifted up,
the marginalised placed at the centre,
and all our feet walk together on your way of peace. 
 

Christ’s tears flow for us all with forgiving healing grace.
Know that we are a forgiven people
in order that we may love one another as God loves us in Christ 
Jesus,
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n order that we may love God and love our neighbour as ourselves.
Love is all that matters. 

Thanks be to God. 

Prayers of the People

We pray for the world torn by divisions of gender, sexuality, race and nation,
and twisted by the fear of difference that lies behind division.
We pray for those who are trapped in and by that fear.
 

We pray for the softening of the hearts and silencing of those voices,
especially in the church, that deliberately reinforce those fears and divisions.
 

We pray for wisdom and enlightenment
for those who in their ignorance or naivety reinforce those fears and divisions.
 

We pray for those who in their words and deeds, demonstrate trust and unity
with those who are 
marginalised. Increase their resolve and courage. 

We pray especially for those, in many parts of the world,
whose gender or sexuality puts their lives at risk.
Grant them true friends, protectors and communities of welcome.
 

We pray for the church, this church and all churches,
that despite our mixed and ambiguous histories,
we might be communities of welcome, trust, protection and nurture.
 

Above all we pray that our churches may be gospel communities
living out the reconciling love of God, the acceptance of Christ,
and a new order of righteousness and love where fear of difference is banished,
where life is lived to its full, and where all can flourish as children of God.
 

In the name of Christ, the saviour in whom all are reconciled.

Amen  

by Geoff Thompson, offered for worship, 24/11