Call to Worship

Watch or 8:21

Eternal God, we come before you
Seeking, hoping, longing to feel your presence

We come in need of encouragement
In need of rest
In need of forgiveness
In need of light in our darkness

You know our innermost thoughts
You know the secrets in our hearts
We come drawn by a desire too deep for words,
With longings too infinite to express.
We come confessing our need for your grace.
We come weary in body and mind,
And some of us are tired in spirit.

We come with hopes, dreams, joy and a light heart,
And we come with fears, anger, sorrow and darkness

We come with pride that needs piercing,
And with broken confidence that needs repairing.

We come with deep hurts that need healing,
And we come feeling held and loved

Loving God, you have promised us your eternal presence,
Open our hearts to hear your voice,
And to see through your eyes
A world forgiven and loved

In the name of Christ Jesus,
We come to you now.
Amen.

Joanne van Ravenswaaij, offered for worship 30/05/2021, Trinity Sunday 

Prayer of Confession & Reconciliation

Watch or 33:06

following a reflection from Claire Foley 

Let us pray a prayer from the Common Grace Community

Great Creator Spirit, Lord God, Papa Jesus,
We pray together to you.

From nation to nation
Right across these lands now called Australia
From north, to east, to south, to west.
From coast, to forest, to desert, to city.
We are tuning in together on country.

For land and waters and sky,
For trees and plants and flowers,
For animals and fish and birds,
For hills and rocks and mountains,
For all peoples…
For country…

Jesus, we lament the injustice of the past
Jesus, we lament the ongoing injustice in the present

Jesus, we confess we have contributed to injustice
Jesus, we confess to having not loved our Aboriginal neighbour as you have called

Jesus, we thank you for the resilience, survival, and leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Jesus, we thank you that we have the opportunity for relationship and friendship

Jesus, we know we must do better
Jesus, we know we must make things right

Jesus, we ask for your guidance as we seek justice in our lifetime
Jesus, we ask you
To open our eyes to see as you see
To open our ears to hear as you hear
To open our minds to truth as you know
To open our hearts to love as you love

As a movement of people pursuing Jesus and justice
We come together for the common good
We discover common ground
We share in common grace
We long to embrace unity with diversity

May the beats of many hearts create a beautiful symphony
In tune
In rhythm
With each other, with all of creation, and with Jesus,
As we pray for justice to roll like the waves of the oceans that surround these lands now called Australia
We pray to #ChangeTheHeart of Australia.
Amen.

offered for worship by Ian Ferguson, 30/05/2021, Trinity Sunday B