Sunday, 17 February 2019

We pray in trust

Psalm 37:1–11, 39–40 
Intercessions 

We pray for all who fret
because of wickedness, for
greed that seems rewarded;
may we trust and stay true,
may we delight in you.

We pray for all who wait,
suffering oppression, while
dishonesty seems to prevail;
may we refrain from anger,
work diligently for justice.

We pray for all in trouble,
persecuted, victims of others' raging;
may we find refuge in you,
our helper, rescuer,
source of peace and hope.

Amen.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Turned or Trusting

Jeremiah 17:5–10 

Thus says the Holy,
Blessed is the Name.

Cursed you are, then,
trusting mortal strength;
cursed you are, when
turned, your hearts from me.

Turn from the Holy,
turn from blessedness;

turn and be desert shrubs,
parched, forgotten,
salt-bed barren,
salt-crust blind.

or ... 

Trust in the Holy, your
trust is the Name:

trust and be great trees
rooted, watered, green
forever fruitful, green
forever bountiful.

Thus says the Holy,
Blessed is the Name.

Show me or hide, but
I will see you, mind
your heart, for I will
find you, turned or trusting.


Update: prayers to follow

Prayer of confession
We turn from you, God, more often than we would like.
We step off your path, your Way of Love, and hurt others and ourselves.
We have become desert shrubs,
parched, forgotten,
salt-bed barren,
salt-crust blind

And now we turn back, start again, on this path, this Sacred Way of Love.
We turn back, asking again to be forgiven.

silence
Assurance of Forgiveness
Thus says our God of the Most Holy Name,
I see you, I greet you, I welcome you home.
Start again, beloved, forgiven, again and again. 
Amen


Sunday, 10 February 2019

Heaven known on Earth


Luke 6:17–26 

Blessed are you now
destitute
the kin-dom overflows.

Blessed are you now
hungry
the kin-dom satisfies.

Blessed are you now
weeping
the kin-dom restores joy.

Blessed are you now
hated
the kin-dom disturbs the world.


Sing now, dance now,
the day is hard upon you;
look now, to heaven,
known now here on earth.


Woe to you now
wealthy
the kin-dom will not console.

Woe to you now
fed
the kin-dom empties.

Woe to you now
laughing
the kin-dom silences.

Woe to you now
hailed by peers
the kin-dom testifies to truth.


Hear now, see now,
the day is hard upon you;
look now, to heaven,
known now here on earth.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

We worship you

Psalm 138 

Hearts, full of praise for you;
voices, singing gratitude; 
bodies, temples, turning to your faithfulness,
soaking in your love. 

Your name shines through the dark world,
brightens everything. 

My plea flies to you,
on Spirit's groaning wings; 
strength dives with me in sight, 
lifts and carries my soul. 

Your word pierces the clamouring world,
silence heard through everything. 

Rulers will re-tune their song,
will join the chorus to your glory: 
may they see their haughty selves,
the worthy lowly, through your eyes. 

Your hand reaches through the tangled world,
clears a path through every thing. 

Hearts are full of your true Love,
voices sing with joy;
bodies, temples, stand for you,
Holy, Sacred, One. 

Amen. 

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Come give God your praise

Psalm 71:1–6 
a call to worship 

Come near to God
seeking refuge;
here with Holy One
there is no shame.

Come near to God,
seek right relationship:
Holy One hears, listens,
rescues, redeems.

Come near to God,
seeking Sacred strength,
a rock, a fortress,
is Holy One.

Come near to God,
turn away from the wicked,
here with Holy One
find justice, find hope.

Come near to God,
trusted through the ages,
Holy One is faithful,
come, give God your praise.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

in our midst

Luke 4:14-21 
Intercession 

she stands in our midst: woman
we hear our story on her voice,
hear her claim Holy One is with me,
receive her with gladness and joy

Holy One, we pray: may it be so 

they stand in our midst: seekers of refuge
we hear our story on their voice,
hear them claim Holy One is with us,
receive them with gladness and joy

Holy One, we pray: may it be so 

he stands in our midst: a person disabled
we hear our story on his voice,
hear him claim Holy One is with me,
receive him with gladness and joy

Holy One, we pray: may it be so 

they stand in our midst: children and youth
we hear our story on their voice,
hear them claim Holy One is with us,
receive them with gladness and joy

Holy One, we pray: may it be so 

you stand in our midst: Jesus the Christ
we hear our story on your voice,
hear you claim Holy One is with me,
receive you with gladness and joy

Holy One, we pray: may it be so 

Amen 

as in the heavens

Psalm 19 
Call to worship or Prayer of Praise 

We come to worship,
to sing with the heavens,
ceaselessly singing your praise;

may our voices be heard
through all the earth,
singing praises to Holy One.

We come, grateful as the sun
for the tent in which we dwell,
shining with your splendour all day.

We come, grateful for Wisdom’s Way,
a trustworthy path leading to life,
and we sing, joyful, shine your light.

We come, into the Presence
of Perfect Love, to enter grace,
and sing, our innocence restored.

We come, and may the words of our mouths,
our hearts’ meditations, be pleasing
to You as we sing, our blessed, Holy One.