Prayers of Adoration & Confession

Matthew 13:31-32  Jesus put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

Let us pray:
God of creation,
We look with wonder upon the world around us:
the seeds, the plants, the shrubs,
the bush and the lofty trees with branches that tower over us.

Jesus the story teller,
You paint a picture of the Kingdom which is full of possibilities
where the small and vulnerable can grow and shelter,
And remind us that life can spring from something that seems insignificant
and become something wonderful.

Spirit of new beginnings,
You open our eyes to new possibilities
In you we see our past, present and future,
In you we see possibilities we never dreamed of.

Matthew 13:44-46
Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Let us pray:
Loving and generous God
We acknowledge the times
When we have not recognised the beauty that is around us,
When we have not seen the value of what is in front of us.
Forgive us.

We remember when we have focussed on the wrong things
When we have looked for treasure that does not exist
When we have held on to things instead of letting go.
Forgive us.

We recognise there are times
When we have made poor decisions
When we have acted hastily
When we have not been prepared to change.
Forgive us.

God is for us, and
nothing can separate us from the love of God.
And so we may declare with confidence:
Our sin is forgiven.  Thanks be to God.

Kirsty Bennett, offered for worship 26/7/2020, Pentecost 8A

Prayers of the people

God our Father, Mother, Lover, Friend.
You are the very breath of life.

Breathe in. God with us.

All over the world people are bound together by dreams, hopes and needs. It doesn’t  matter what colour, race, nationality, or religion we are. Millions of us are asking, praying, for the same things.

So these are our prayers.

For life and community
We pray for a safe place to live, a home, and for enough food to feed ourselves and our families.
For sustainable agriculture which doesn’t destroy and despoil the earth we depend on.
For friends and family to sustain and comfort us.
For patience and tolerance when we must live so close, and yet cannot touch and hold each other.
For freedom from violence which can erupt in families.
For care enough to reach out to those who are alone, or in need.

Breathe in. God with us

For health.
Our prayers are for those who are sick, with Covid 19 or just ordinary illness.
Open the eyes of leaders who just refuse to see the suffering of their people.
For the dying, who cannot be comforted by their families. For Doctors, nurses, paramedics, scientists, researchers, cleaners, police, workers and Government officials, who put themselves, and their families, at risk to keep some semblance of normality in our lives.

Breathe in. God with us.

For Peace
For freedom from war and the power hungry,
so we can live our lives and raise our families.
Open our minds to new ideas about what is important to us, the people not the things.
We pray that nations join together to fight climate change, saving animals from extinction, and land, sea, and the very air we breathe from greed and short sighted exploitation.

Breathe in. God with us.

For Hope
In joining together to watch Church on a screen instead of in a building.
May we find you in the small things, in the everyday things of our lives, in our homes, families, friends.
In the walks we take through the streets, gardens, bush and beside the rivers or sea, and in the very earth that sustains us.
May we know, even in our isolation, and imperfection, that you walk with us.

Breathe in. God with us

These things we pray in the name of Jesus.

Helen Burnham, offered for worship 26/7/2020, Pentecost 8A