Prayers of Adoration & Confession

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

SONG:  Kyrie eleison, from Together in Song, Harper Collins Religious, copyright unknown
Translation – Lord have mercy upon us

Steadfast God,
Your love endures forever.
You hear our cries.
When we have been rejected by others
you take us into the centre and connect us.
You give us the Light.

Jesus, Son of David,
You come to meet us,
as we are standing on the side of the road.
You do not seek out the trappings of power,
but come in humility among us.
You show us the Way.

Holy Spirit of life,
You move among us,
Inspiring us to lift up our branches,
And spread out our cloaks,
Guiding us to open our hearts,
Encouraging us to open our doors wide.
You are present.

We adore you.

Forgive us steadfast God when we doubt your love,
and wonder if we are being heard,
when we do not take the  place you prepare for us,
and do not see your light.

Forgive us Son of David when we do not see you coming to us,
when we are bewitched by the status symbols of power,
when we do not value humility,
when we do not follow your Way.

Forgive us Holy Spirit when we do not welcome you,
when we do not lift up our branches in praise,
when are hearts are closed
and our doors shut to the needs of others.

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

God’s steadfast love endures forever.
In Christ,
through Christ,
Because of Christ
Our sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

Kirsty Bennett, offered for worship Palm Sunday, 05/04/2020

Prayers of the people

As we pray for the world today, we pray that the strange image of a king on a donkey would direct our prayers and to make us mindful of what and who we pray for.

Let us pray:

We pray for those for whom separation, confusion and fear are not new experiences but constant realities. May we find solidarity with them that we will not forget.

We pray for those who are newly vulnerable in this time of separation, confusion and fear. We pray that neighbours and friends will be alert to them.

We pray for those who are putting the welfare of others before their own at this time:

teachers, medical and health professionals, police and transport workers, shop keepers and their staff, petrol station operators and all who maintain essential services.

Give them patience, courage and help all of us to show them patience and gratitude.

We pray for the whole Christian church, tempted as we often us are to claim power and control, that we can look to Jesus’ humility and learn and grow from our experience of separation, confusion and fear.

We pray for our local churches in Brunswick, recalling our usual Palm Sunday gatherings with them; may we be bound together in the Spirit as we each in our own way enter this week of reflection and anticipation.

May the example of the servant king Jesus, riding on a donkey, seeing through the fickleness of the crowds, and pressing on to the crisis ahead of him, sustain and calm us.

We pray in the confidence that separation, confusion and fear will one day, by your grace, yield to unity, clarity and peace.

All this we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

Geoff Thompson, offered for worship Palm Sunday, 5/04/2020