Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Beautiful promise

An Advent / Christmas carol

Hold on now,
good earth, all creation;
hold on now,
it won’t be long.
God has heard
and will not abandon:
gather ‘round,
for hope is coming.
Ah! Ah!
Beautiful is the promise
Ah! Ah!
Beautiful is the peace.

Wake up now,
you people, get ready!
Wake up now,
the prophets have seen!
Listen to the Spirit,
she’s stirring,
calling out,
‘Make haste, and follow!’
Ah! Ah!
Challenging is the promise.
Ah! Ah!
Challenging is the peace.

Christ will come,
be born here among us,
when we tell
the story again.
Angels came in dreams
to whisper,
angels sang in
dazzling chorus:
Ah! Ah!
Beautiful is the promise!
Ah! Ah!
Beautiful is the peace.


words: Sarah Agnew (c) 2019
music: ‘Bring the torch, Jeanette, Isabella’ – Traditional French Carol

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Peace in all times

2 Thess 3:6–13 

Go now, to work with fruitful labour,
supporting yourselves and one another
through life’s joys and challenges. 
And thus may you know the peace
of Holy One, in all times, 
and in every way. Amen. 

Sunday, 3 November 2019

rejoice with Jesus the Christ

2 Thess 2:13–17 


Sisters and brothers, may you know
yourselves safe in the embrace of the Spirit,
called by the challenge of the gospel,
invited into rejoicing with Jesus the Christ.

And from Holy One, Holy Three,
may you receive love and grace,
encouragement and hope,
to strengthen you in all you say, and do, and are.
Amen.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Found

a call to worship 
Luke 19:1–10 

may we come to worship as Zaccheus did:
climbing trees, scraping knees,
using all our strength and effort,
just to see –

may we come to worship as Zaccheus did:
seen, invited, knowing ourselves welcome
in the embrace of the Son of Humanity

may we come to worship as Zaccheus did:
changed by your love, inspired
by your love, reconciled and reconciling
with all


Sunday, 13 October 2019

Persistent Intercession

Luke 18:1–8 

Leader: We cry for justice, Judge of all creation.
All: And we will cry till we are satisfied. 

We cry out in marches,
strikes, and rallies,
led by the young
who see the urgent need
for just living with creation
more clearly than those
already through their schooling.

Leader: We cry for justice, Judge of all creation.
All: And we will cry till we are satisfied. 

We cry out from bank accounts,
our abundance flowing
over toward our neighbours
deep in need – farmers
on parched land, students without books
or shoes, mothers without medicine
for their children.

Leader: We cry for justice, Judge of all creation.
All: And we will cry till we are satisfied. 

We cry out from hospitals
and nursing homes, where
illness ravages and care
is stretched beyond capacity;
we sit beside the suffering
and isolated and grieving ones
who yearn for comfort, love, and hope.

Leader: We cry for justice, Judge of all creation.
All: And we will cry till we are satisfied. 

We cry out with our votes
and letters and signatures on petitions,
calling leaders to act for the vulnerable:
for refugees, for the homes from which
they flee, for peace. We cry, we cry
for peace.

Leader: We cry for justice, Judge of all creation.
All: And we will cry till we are satisfied. 

We cry out in solidarity
with the indigenous people of this land,
more, we still our own voices and hear
their crying for themselves, give space
and time and honour where too long
they have been taken.

Leader: We cry for justice, Judge of all creation.
All: And we will cry till we are satisfied. 
Amen.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Where were we?

Luke 17:11–19 

Confession 
Leader: Was no one found to praise Holy One?
All: One was found, praising, giving thanks.
Leader: Who was the one found praising Holy One?
All: The one outsider, not one of us.
Leader: Where were we, the ones who belong?
All: Our people took, and turned, and walked away.

Leader: Oh Holy One, our people turned away;
Oh Holy One, and so do we.
We take all you will give
and walk away, no thanks,
no second glance in gratitude.
And you?
You give again, and give again,
second chances from your
broken heart.

Oh, we are sorry, Holy One.
At last we remember and turn
back to you, broken hearts
and promises needing your healing touch.
Help us remember, help us to stay
longer, help us refrain from taking
you for granted.

Assurance of grace 
Hear Holy One’s invitation,
Holy One’s reconciliation,
enter Grace, know healing,
and stay.
Amen.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

we want more

Luke 17:5–10 

increase our faith
we cry
ungrateful for the seed
already planted,
neglecting its thirst,
inattentive to its growth –
it is small, give us
larger, give us more,
we cry,
ungrateful for the gift
already given,
inattentive to its worth,
neglecting the giver –
it is small, we must
work hard,
can we not have an easy
path, that lighter yoke
you mentioned?
bless us more richly,
show us to be so
faithful by the increase
of your anointing.