Prayers of Adoration & Confession

God you call us to be your people, and that is who we are.
You blow through our lives like a rushing wind
Waking us up to all the amazing possibilities
that life has to offer at home, at school, at work, at play.

Jesus you shape us to be your people, for that is who we are.
Your stories show us what it means to care for people
to look around and cry out against all that is wrong in the world
to be loving, kind, generous, compassionate and joyful.

Holy Spirit you restore us to be your people, and that is who we are.
You dance like fire in our hearts, burning away despair
and giving us strength when we are weary and sad
so that we may speak of love into the hearts of everyone we meet.

God we confess that we live in a world
where too many people want to build towers
to keep themselves safe and other people out.
Forgive us when we care more about keeping safe
instead of loving people the way you do.

Jesus we confess that we live in a world
where people who are different are too often
lonely, afraid, unloved and unsafe.
Forgive us when we don’t reach out
a hand in friendship and love to people in need.

Holy Spirit we confess we live in a world
where beauty, wonder, diversity and joy
are overwhelmed by loud and ugly voices.
Forgive us when our hearts grow sad
and our dance of joy with you falters.

Amen.

Hear the Good News
when we care more about our own safety,
when our hands fail to reach out in friendship
when our dance of joy falters
God loves us still and restores us to joy
drawing us up with a wind that cries out for justice
and tongues of fire that burn away despair.
In Christ, through Christ and because of Christ
Our sins are forgiven.

Thanks be to God. 

Amen.

by Saide Cameron, offered for worship, 9/6, Pentecost Sunday

Prayers of the people

God of all creation we pray for our world,
this beautiful, vulnerable planet we call home.
We bring before you collapsing ecosystems,
catastrophic climate change, loss of diversity
and we pray that the hearts and minds
of world leaders may be awakened to the danger
and so come together in one place
to renew and restore and rejoice in abundant diversity.
We give thanks for the constant passion of scientists,
activists, teachers and leaders
who cry out for justice for all living creatures
and the very essence of the life that we live.

Compassionate Christ we pray for your church
in all her diversity throughout the world.
We bring before you people whose heart language
is denied a place in the church,
the many voices whose faith is silenced by power,
corruption and fear of difference,
and we pray that we may add our voices to theirs,
speaking only and always of love.
We give thanks for the constant passion
of faithful leaders throughout the churches
who cry out for justice for all who seek
a place of welcome, safety and peace.

Holy Spirit, rushing wind,
we pray for our community in this place and beyond.
We bring before you asylum seekers
living in uncertainty, people living on the streets,
all who suffer illness in body and mind,
friends, family, colleagues, neighbours
and pray that in our living we may speak the language
of love into places of sadness and despair.
We give thanks for the constant passion of ordinary,
everyday people, all of us here today,
who cry out for justice and respond to the call
to be your people, renewing the whole creation.

Amen.

by Saide Cameron, offered for worship, 9/6, Pentecost Sunday