Prayers of Adoration & Confession

O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my prayer:
     When I call, answer me.
O Lord, hear my prayer,
O Lord, hear my prayer,
     Come and listen to me.

SONG:  O Lord, hear my prayer, by Jacques Berthier, from Together in Song, Harper Collins Religious, WORD OF LIFE

Listening God, you hear the cries of your people,
Restoring and lifting up all who call on you,
Even when we have turned far from your presence,
You hear our cries for help, and you respond with grace.

Risen Christ, you walk beside us, even when we do not know it,
Teaching and inspiring us with your life, death and resurrection,
Even when we fail to understand the meaning of it
You heal us from our brokenness.

Empowering Spirit, you move throughout creation,
Inviting and urging us to see the face of Christ in the stranger,
Even when we turn away and fail to help
You blind us with the realisation that we are called to follow.

Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit,
We turn to you and confess those things that divide us from you.
We hold our earth before you.
In your mercy
Hear our prayer
We hold all the world’s people before you.
In your mercy
Hear our prayer
We hold each other and ourselves before you.
In your mercy
Hear our prayer

Hear our prayer so that we may turn to you, and walk with you beside us.

O Lord, hear my prayer, …

Amen.

Psalm 116, our Psalm for this week tells us that God’s ear is inclined towards us,
and God hears our voices and our prayers, as long as we live.
Through Christ, in Christ, and because of Christ, we have new life and can face the future with confidence.
Sisters and brothers, our sin is forgiven.  Thanks be to God.

Natalie Sims, offered for worship 26/04/2020, Easter 3A

Prayers of the people

Let us pray

Breathe deep

In the stillness
In the quietness
Let us offer our desires to the one who made us.

In the midst of turmoil and confusion
In noisy houses and quiet streets
Please God
Hear our prayers today

We ask for hope
In this isolation
We look for signposts to a hopeful future
We ask for courage
When we can’t see the signs yet.

Sit with us
When we feel lonely
Hold us
When panic rises in our chest
Strengthen us
When we feel overwhelmed

Mother God
Let our longing bodies feel your arms around us.

Instead of waiting
Of hibernating
Help us to live our lives fully now
And love our bodies wholly
Even when we feel we must hide away from others.

Help us to see the joy in this time of restrictions
Help us to create joy at this time
And maybe we can bring that joy to others

Through your constant love
We have the strength to love others
With you by our side
We can be the helping hands in our world

Give us courage to face the scars of the world
And to tend the scars within us.

In this moment of silence
Hear our prayers offered up to you.

In the name of Jesus Christ we pray
Amen

Simone Alesich, offered for worship 26/4/2020, Easter 3A