Prayers of Adoration & Confession

Watch or 4:47

God of mystery,
We are here
Ready to start this Advent journey with you,
Waiting expectantly for your birth,
Listening for the signs of your presence among us,
Looking for gentle ways to be a part of your creation.

We feel your flame of love that warms our hearts
We chat with Jesus as he walks with us on life’s journey
And hear your presence in the laughter and voices that surround us.

We strive to live out your hope,
seeking to emerge, to grow, to stretch our wings
knowing you connect us all and help us find new ways of being.

We come ready to be your hands,
Hands that help, hands that heal, and hands that bless
As you offer us all a place where we are loved, a home.

We adore you.

Forgive us when we lose hope,
When we do not hear your voice,
When do not find our voice.
When we want to stay in our cocoons,
And not venture out with you in the new,
When we put our hands behind our backs,
Instead of reaching out in love.

Forgive us. Amen.

In Jesus, God comes among us,
Giving us the courage to find our voices
And to work for justice and peace in the world.
God knows this is hard, but is with us on the way.
And so we can say with confidence:
Our sin is forgiven
Thanks be to God.

Kirsty Bennett, offered for worship 28/11/2021, Advent 1C

Prayers of the people

Watch or 45:51

Maranatha:
come, Jesus, come;
bring healing, bring peace.

We pray for the earth and all its creatures, for the water, the air, the minerals, stones and soil, the oceans, mountains, forests and deserts, plants, animals, insects, fish and birds.

Maranatha:
come, Jesus, come;
bring healing, bring peace.

 We pray for people everywhere, those at war within and without, those hungry and thirsty in flesh and spirit, those sick at heart and sick in body, those mourning loved ones, those grieving lost hope.

Maranatha:
come, Jesus, come;
bring healing, bring peace.

We pray for the church, Christ’s people of hope, who follow the way of the cross and carry their own crosses, who fall and fail, but know the grace that reconciles and makes new.

Maranatha:
come, Jesus, come;
bring healing,bring peace.

We pray together in the words Jesus taught us to say: 

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 28/11/2021, Advent 1C