Prayers of Adoration & Confession

Wondrous God, bringer of life,
We have been cut off from our usual ways of being in the world.
When we feel disconnected and uncertain of the way ahead,
remind us of the place you have woven for us in the unknowable web of creation.
Let us find new ways to listen to the changing needs of the environment we are part of,
so that we can be ready with thoughtful and imaginative responses.

Jesus, who walks with us,
We have been separated from family, friends and strangers.
When we feel fearful and anxious for ourselves and for others,
show us new ways of coming together in community,
of caring for one another in our vulnerability so that new life might grow among us,
leaving no one to carry their burdens alone.

Holy Spirit, breath of life,
We have been captured by circumstances beyond our control.
When we feel sad or lifeless as we have to let go of our plans and expectations,
reassure us with knowledge of your presence
Restore our sense of peace and help us to seek new life from within,
connecting our lives to your purpose and uplifting us with hope.

Kyrie eleison, Kyrie, eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison

Jesus said to Martha “I am the resurrection and the life.
Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

In Christ, through Christ and because of Christ our sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

Amelia Ware, offered for worship Lent 5A, 29/03/2020

Prayers of the people

We are angry, God.
We feel hurt, and fearful and confused.

We are not sleeping properly
We are obsessively checking news websites for the latest statistics
Or avoiding the news and hoping that no one updates us.

We are lost in the wilderness of our minds.

We are missing the hugs and physical affection that make us human.
We miss the certainty of work, and relationships, and connection.
We are angry at all we have lost.

We pray that one day we will learn from this
But for now, we pray that you will sit with us
In the busyness of our heads
And the quietness of our isolation.

We pray for all those in the world, in the church and in our community
We pray for those who are ill, or at risk of illness
We pray for those caring for someone who is ill
We pray for those who are anxious or depressed
We pray for those who have lost their jobs
We pray for those for whom this time increases their hardships.

Mother God, hear now our silent prayers


Simone Alesich, offered for worship Lent 5A, 29/03/2020