Prayers of Adoration & Confession

Watch or go to 8:38 

During our prayers of Adoration and Confession there will be a sung response, Longing for you.

Through the 40 days of Lent we remember the 40 days Jesus spent being tested in the wilderness, hungry and longing for the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit. Let us enter prayerfully into that experience of longing with him now.

Longing for you in wilderness wasting.
Call to us lead us on.

God of Abraham, God of Sarah,
God of promise, God of fruitfulness,
you give birth to life
even in the most unlikely places.
We long for you…

Longing for you in wilderness wasting.
Call to us lead us on.

 God of Jesus Christ, God of the cross,
God in darkness, God in abandonment,
our endings are new beginnings in you.
We long for you…

Longing for you in wilderness wasting.
Call to us lead us on.

 God of Spirit presence,
God of surprises, God who rises,
you come to us in our wilderness places.
We long for you…

Longing for you in wilderness wasting.
Call to us lead us on.

God of future fullness, God of present possibility,
you are our God, we are your people.
Call to us, lead us on …

Longing for you in wilderness wasting.
Call to us lead us on.

In the silence,
we hold before you,
all that we are,
all that we have failed to be,
and all that we might become.

Silence

Holy One, weep the healing tears of your mercy
to mingle with the tears of our hearts’ longing.
By the power of your renewing Spirit,
let your Christ-love be our life.

Longing for you in wilderness wasting.
Call to us lead us on.

 We pray with the words Jesus taught his people to say.
Please join me in the Lord’s Prayer, in the language of your hearts.

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 by Matilda McClintock, Oliver Sun, Jungwoo Choi, 28/02/21, Lent 2B
SONG:  Longing, by Elaine Loukes, from Tune In, Brunswick UC Songbook, Reproduced with permission

Prayers of the people

Watch or go to 53:36 

Good morning I’m Jenne……. bat Avraham v’ Sarah in Hebrew (daughter of Abraham and Sarah)

“Count the stars…So shall your descendants be” (Gen 15:5) God, we call upon you Holy Name to be here as you have promised in your covenant, in our church, in all worship communities, in the community of Brunswick and in the wider world. These all need the promise of your ever-present Spirit. We can find You walking before us, leading us to blamelessness, offering this promise to those oppressed by sexism, racism, capitalist greed, the egos that drive the World and suffering through a pandemic

You say to us in your Torah… And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous……… Like stars in the sky …

Where are we creating those stars in our church? God challenge us with this covenant of love in mind, reminding your Church as Synod meets. May that covenant be strengthened.

What stars shall we spread to the next generations?  Will we set our minds to the divine and see that we need to suffer, be humble & sacrificial as we go to the unconventional not acceptable places and people? To the locked in refugees, the First Peoples still incarcerated? the women violated by those in power? The mine owners who desecrate the sacred?

Jesus, descendant of Abraham and Sarah you promised us your suffering & your rising again to enable us to follow the Divine way as the new Covenant .Help us to deny ourselves and take up the cross and follow you. Help us to fulfil that covenant in ourselves and offer it to others in need, in despair …. even if it seems impossible? …. These are the stars to come.

Help us when we forget you O God, to stop and remember the covenant ..

Look to the cross at the front, to the altar see and feel the covenant God makes with you through Jesus. Re-member it, the promise of love we are called to enact by your sacrifice and renewing of life. Feel the blamelessness, see the multitudes of stars and descendants from it as we walk this path of covenant of justice & love to others.  God Help us and the world to know that only a pure-souled dying-into-Love can uncover its amazing rapture and loveliness…. (Rumi)

God, please drive us as a Church with this covenant of love. May the stars shine as reminder of this need in the world. May a new re- covenanting & healing be offered & found by all people, healed through yours & our actions for those in need and as a reminder to those in power.

In Jesus name we pray.   Amen.

Jenne Perlstein, offered for worship 28/02/21, Lent 2B