Prayers of Adoration & Confession
God, Loving Creator,
We reflect on what it means to be part of your community,
attempting to grow together in the direction of your love.
Your process is one of continual evolution,
Forgive us for any unrealistic expectations we have for others and for ourselves,
encourage us to persist and learn from our experiences,
in the hope that what we reflect will gradually move closer to your example.
Jesus, living Word,
Through you we understand God’s empathy and love for us.
In this comforting knowledge, we are free to follow your call to love one another.
Forgive us from the times that, through fear or distraction,
we have not seen or listened to others with the intention of understanding.
Remind us of your example of vulnerability and selflessness
as we endeavour to nurture our love for others.
Holy Spirit, centre of our being,
Your presence calms us as the world turns,
and we are not sure where our place is to be found.
Forgive us for not giving thought to our communities and the wider world
as we allow ourselves to be swept away by our own circumstances.
Let us seek you in our despair and be guided towards good and peaceful outcomes.
As we continue onwards, day by day endeavouring to find our way as people of God,
believe the Good News that comes from God: In Christ we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God
Amelia Ware, offered for worship 3/5/2020, Easter 4A