Prayers of Adoration & Confession

When I lift up my eyes to the hills and ask from where will my help come?
I know this answer to be true,
My help comes from you, the Creator, who made heaven and earth.
From you, the Spirit, the bringer of wisdom and comfort.
From you, Jesus Christ, my brother and saviour.

You will not let my foot be moved by the rushing waters,
you are my strength and stability.
You who keep me will not slumber,
you are my protection and shelter,
You who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
You are my keeper; you are my shade at my right hand.
You protect me: The sun shall not strike me by day, nor the moon by night.
You will keep me from all evil; you will keep my life.
You will keep my going out and my coming in from this time on and forevermore.

My help comes from you, the Creator, who made heaven and earth.
From you, the Spirit, the bringer of wisdom and comfort.
From you, Jesus Christ, my brother and saviour.

Loving God, Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit,
We confess our sin against you in thought, word and deed:
We confess that have not loved you with all our heart nor served you with all our strength;
We have been blind to the vision of a renewed world and deaf to your call to costly discipleship,
We have been indifferent to suffering and unwilling to forgive one another.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

Kyrie eleison, Kyrie, eleison, Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison (sung)

Loving God, Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit,
In your mercy, forgive and restore us,
so that together we may serve you with joy all the days of our life. Amen.

Sisters and brothers, our help comes from God,
who sent the Son into the world, not to condemn us,
but in order that we might be saved through him.
Hear the good news of grace, our sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

Natalie Sims, offered for worship 08/03/2020, Lent 2A

Prayers of the people

Oh God we look to the mountains for You, our guardian, surrounding  us in love displayed in the vastness of the universe, the hills and the earth of the First peoples beneath our feet.  Love shown through Jesus the one who is so close to you, he was as a son and he took the harder less trodden path and was born again for us.

We come to pray for this world, our community and church, in the hope that we can all be born again. It can seem some so unlikely. The hardest path…

We see the new vista the possibility but it is so hard, so hard. Like Nicodemus, we know we need to change, to be born anew in our priorities, our judgments, going beyond an ego response.  The world needs to change, we need to  be the change to the world and the community. Guardian of love be with us as we submit to be born again, to deliberately let go and give over to you to be transformed and thus transform our world and community.

We pray for our leaders & potential leaders in powerful countries deciding who will lead them in the future. We pray that the world can offer, through being born again, your healing and guidance, working together, making intelligent decisions about our health to curb the spread of illness. We pray for all women in this world their continued strength and courage, and for all men to be born again to truly love woman as you loved them Jesus and take responsibility for their unloving actions towards women & children.

We all need to be born again, reminded of our humanity, the need for each other, our vulnerability and the call to your Guardianship, your help.   May the community know love, consideration for our wider family, not panic & fear arising from vulnerability & feeling out of control and be reminded that The ONE will guard you from all harm; will guard your life.

May the world be reborn, community be reborn, our church be reborn. May the church be the midwife as women have always and will be, bringing in new life. Help us to look at our own lives from the smallest thing, showing less judgement, greater love for ourselves and each other, the  environment, the world. Help us God to be willing to be born again, as Jesus was, to take that final step, like Nicodemus to model new possibilities, to show that we know that you are an ever-present guard & guide  in our troubles. Guide us to the harder path, the lesser trodden path, open to deepening & being reborn. That we can be reborn every day of our lives. Oh God, our Divine Love, love our world, bring healing wisdom and courage to forge new paths. Help us through your strength

In Jesus name we pray…. Amen

Jenne Perlstein, offered for worship 08/03/2020, Lent 2A