Prayers of Adoration & Confession

God of mystery,
Who made the depths of the sea, the distance of the planets, and the intricacies of all creation,
You care for all who suffer,
You hear the cry of all who are poor,
You guide all who are lost or afraid,

Spirit of wisdom,
Who breathed life into creation, into the early church, and still breathe in us today,
You reveal God’s truth,
You heal the wounded,
You lead those in times of trouble,

Christ with us,
Light of the world, who lived among us, teaching, healing, and challenging those in power.
You show us how to live,
You speak words of wisdom,
You inspire us with your commitment to justice.

Loving God,
Creator, Spirit and Christ,
Forgive us for those times we have turned away.
Ignoring the suffering of others – strangers or friends.
Maybe we are too busy to notice,
Maybe we don’t know what to do,
Maybe we don’t want to cause trouble,
Maybe we are afraid,
Loving God, Forgive us.
Fill us with your spirit of compassion, give us strength and confidence.
Help us to hear you, to see your vision for the world, and to follow where you lead.

Sisters and brothers,
God calls us to be salt for the earth, to be light for the world.
Do not live in fear. God loves us beyond our imagining, even when we are in despair.
In Christ, through Christ and because of Christ, our sin is forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

Natalie Sims, offered for worship, Epiphany 5A, 9/2/2020

Prayers of the people

Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,
What that in the dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been;
Love is come again like wheat that springs up green.
                                                                              (Trad. hymn by J.M.C Crum)

Amidst the winds of fire and choking smoke across our scarred and broken land,
the cries of loss and despair;
In the fear of contagion and deadly illness and the desperate search for treatment and cure;
In scratching, biting political games and power plays
where self-interest dances it’s merry jig;
In a world where a woman will sell her hair for two dollars to feed her hungry child…
You remind us, present One, that green will shoot from the ashes of our longing,
from our grains of hope, long buried in grief;
That love has come again to move us and renew us through the rippling movement of your Spirit;
through good hearts and faithful hands. 

Like the welcome rains in the north,
move across our land and through our world in healing relief, we pray,
Working out your good ways through us,
Bringing breakthrough and hope.

We are a small huddle, we who call your name;
we claim no great powers or favours other than to walk humbly
in the shadow of your liberating love,
Here in this place, surrounded by the throngs of people going about their ways;
With children bubbling through the streets, bound for school;
Workers on their way;
Those facing unknowable days that bring the unplanned and the unexpected, good and bad.

We are community, one with another, within these walls and beyond,
enjoined and meshed with need and longing and celebration.
And so we embrace and love;
We comfort the lost and those who have lost;
We empower and send out;
We bless and hold close all who open themselves to you and follow your path:
Michael and Bella on the next stages of their journeys;
Those who lead us as Elders and those who guide and inspire our young people;
And we think especially of those stepping up and stepping out to minister in response to your call:
Ian, Valentina, Yoo Mi and Fiona.
With them we send our love and our trust in your faithfulness,
And the words of St.Paul whom we join in saying:
‘Every time we think of you we thank God for you.
We have joy in our hearts every time we ask God to help you.
We thank God for the joy we share in telling the good news from the very first day until now.’
(Philippians 1:3-5)

These are the green blades shooting.
May they be signs of hope,
That love is come again like wheat that springs up green.

Peter McKinnon, offered for worship, Epiphany 5A, 9/2/2020

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