Prayers of Adoration & Confession

With words from Isaiah 9:2-7

Breathe in the light and warmth of this day –
all creation celebrates with us today.

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light…

Jesus, Light of the World,
you shine with summer’s glory.
Be born as radiance in our hearts today.

Breathe in the joy of this day –
the joy of life renewed.

For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us…

Jesus, hope of love’s fulfillment,
your baby cry sounds the depths of wisdom.
Be born with bliss in our hearts today.

Breathe in the peace of this day –
God’s universal shalom.

His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace…

Jesus, Prince of Peace,
you hold the helpless in earth’s manger.
Be born with reconciling grace in our hearts today.

Breathe into confession…

We struggle to follow your way:
lead us God of love.
We strain to hear your voice:
call us God of grace.
We flail in the dark to touch your hand:
hold us God of mercy.
We fall from you:
embrace us with your forgiving love,
Just as you embraced the world in the birth of Jesus.

We pray in the name of the Christ child. Amen

God is wise and God is merciful,
God knows our hearts and God hears our cry.
God comes to search for us in the birth of Christ.
And God leads us home.

Hear Christ’s word of grace:
Our sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

Ian Ferguson, offered for worship 27/12/2020, Christmas 1B

Prayers of the people

God of continuing creation
Here is a baby taken to Temple for the first time.
A child of hope, peace, joy and love.
God turning the world around. God’s promise.

This is what we see when we look at our children and grand children.
All the promise, all our hopes dreams and prayers for the future.

Ever present God
Help us to live a life filled with your presence.
May we recognise you, in the people we see as we live and work in your world.
Help us to live and share what we have so that none are homeless, or stateless.
We pray that your Church always works out your purpose.

Ever loving God we pray
For a vaccine that works and can be freely given to all.
For hospital and medical staff who are being overwhelmed by the sick and dying overseas.
And we give thanks and pray for our continued success here.
Hope and pray for a world that joins together to fight climate change, for the sake of our children.
Pray that we can live in peace, without greed, exploitation, aggression and oppression.
Pray for food, homes, safety, medical care, loving families for every soul on your good earth.

Ever faithful God we Pray
That we grow with you in faith and love.
That we dance and sing your music through our lives.
That we spread your love wherever we go.
That we forgive as you have forgiven us through your precious gift.

In the name of the baby, child, and adult who lives and walks with us into God’s future.
In the name of Jesus

Helen Burnham, offered for worship 27/12/2020, Christmas 1B