Prayers of Adoration & Confession

In today’s Easter story the risen Jesus comes through the locked doors of fear

He offers peace
He shows his wounds
He breathes the Holy Spirit upon his followers
And sends them to continue his work

let us enter into this story in prayer.

Living crucified one,
no act of terror, hate or violence is a barrier to your love.
Come stand with us today in the midst of our hopes and fears.

We love you. We praise you. Walk with us.

Wounded body of compassion,
your injuries are the brokenness of the world.
Grant us your healing peace today.

We love you. We praise you. Walk with us.

Life-giving Word of Wisdom,
from your tomb blows the fresh breeze of a new creation.
Breathe your creative Spirit in us today
that we also may rise as a radical new beginning for the world.

We love you. We praise you. Walk with us.

Rising Light of Grace,
you came to give freedom and release
to all oppressed and bound by the powers of darkness.
Give light in our living
as you send us to continue your saving work.

We love you. We praise you. Walk with us.

Living Crucified One,
Wounded Body of Compassion,
Life-giving Word of Wisdom,
Rising Light of Grace,

look into our hearts
and free us from the fear that holds us back.
Forgive our failure to love one another as you have loved us.
Make us your new creation of peace,
as you send us to be to the world
what you have been to the world

In your holy name we pray. Amen.

Christ breathed on his disciples and said,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of any,
they are forgiven…”

Therefore, by the authority of Christ
and in the power of the Holy Spirit,
I say to you:
Your sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

By that same authority and power
I invite you to echo those words to one another and to me:
Your sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

by Ian Ferguson, offered for worship 28/4

Prayers of the people

Risen Christ, who comes and brings peace
We pray for an end to war and the consequences of war
At the end of a week where we have marked Anzac Day,
we pray for everyone who carries the burden of fighting in a war, of staying home, of returning home

For Indigenous people who fought the frontier wars here
as they defended their communities against attack

For all the Indigenous people who served in our armies,
even though they were not recognised as citizens and did not have the right to vote,
who returned and found that they were once again put aside,
not eligible for education and housing as other returned servicemen were.

Peace Salam Shalom

We pray for the men and women who have fought and suffered on the many different sides of a battle,
for those who died long ago, and for those who are among us today

We pray for families affected by war, for the loss they carry when a beloved does not come home,
or is never the same person again after what they have been through

We pray for places of conflict today, that there may be peace.

Peace Salam Shalom

We pray for peace and understanding among religions

We mourn with those who have lost loved ones in Colombo, for the families who have been destroyed,
for the people who are recovering from serious injuries and face an uncertain future,
for the trust that has been lost, for Sri Lankan society as it addresses the many questions people are asking
about how this was possible and live in ongoing uncertainty.

We mourn with the victims of the Christchurch massacre.
We pray for the families who are grieving, for the people who are recovering,
and for communities that have been shattered.
We continue to pray for the leaders of New Zealand in this time.

We pray for understanding among those of the same religion.
May our differences recede and what we hold in common be at our centre.
May we model a way of life that is focussed on love, may we live in peace.

Peace Salam Shalom

We pray for peace in our communities:
peace in the face of personal violence, against women, against children, against men.
We pray for an end to physical violence, that we may use other ways to resolve differences and disagreements,
We pray for an end to psychological and emotional violence.
May we live in love, not seeking to hold power over one another, but trusting and caring.
May we feel the breath of the Holy Sprit move among us, and may we live in peace.

Peace Salam Shalom

Amen.

by Kirsty Bennett, offered for worship, 28/4