Prayers of Adoration & Confession


God of many faces you open our eyes to wonder
You reveal your glory in unexpected ways.
As we emerge from lockdown to freedom
Help us to see more clearly, to notice that which is hidden
To see beauty, to see need, to see you in all things.

God of many voices you call us out into the world
Freeing us to follow you, to work with you.
As we go about our everyday lives help us to listen.
Help us to hear people’s stories, their joys and sorrows
To lift up our voices and share their truth in ways that matter.

God of all love you gave your only Son to the world
To show us what love looks like, how love acts and responds.
As we skip, stumble, dance along the path of discipleship
Help us to care with our whole hearts and in all that we do
Respond in your name with compassion and love.  Amen

In his gospel Matthew writes ‘The kingdom of heaven will be like this …’ and goes on to tell a story.
We are caught up in God’s story, called out into the world to be the voice of love.
As we look, listen, care, learn and love we are held in God’s boundless grace.
Hear then Christ’s words to us ‘Your sins are forgiven’.
Thanks be to God. Amen

Saide Cameron, offered for worship 8/11/2020, Pentecost 23A

Prayers of the people


Eternal God we pray for the world
This earth our home is a place of turmoil, violence and despair
We pray for a peaceful resolution in the United States
For victims of terrorist attacks in Ethiopia, Kabul and Vienna
For nations in lockdown with rising infections and death tolls.
This earth our home is a place of love, acceptance and peace
We pray that love will encompass all the pain and suffering
and bring healing and wholeness to all creation.

Risen Saviour we pray for the church.
Your name is claimed by many voices in ways that cause harm
We pray for people who have drifted far from their faith
For people hurt by barriers, rejection, fear and confusion
For people missing their communities through months of restrictions
Your light shines in the darkness, reminding us of your love
We pray that we your people will be the voice of love
Offering healing and wholeness in your Holy name.

Holy Spirit we pray for our communities
We have been physically apart for so long now
We pray for all who have struggled to maintain connection
For all who have lost jobs, loved ones, health and wellbeing
For all who have worked hard to sustain their communities.
Breath of life, flame of love, renew us today and always
Set us once more and always on the path of discipleship
Free to be a community of healing and wholeness, welcoming all

Saide Cameron, offered for worship by Ray Cameron, 8/11/2020, Pentecost 23A