Sunday, 25 July 2021

True Bread


John 6:24–35 

We seek you for the bread you feed us;
we look for you, who is bread of life. 

The work of God is trust in you: 
we trust, we follow, we work for you. 

Give us the bread that falls from heaven;
feed us, quench our thirst, Son of Holy One. 















Monday, 19 July 2021

We cry shame!


2 Samuel 11:1–12:15 

Confession 
We hear the stories of thieving folk,
those who take what belongs not to them,
and we cry shame! the effrontery! 
Until your word reminds us
'you are the one.' 

When we are the thieving folk,
our God, call us to turn from wrong,
put away our sin,
let us begin again. 

We hear the stories of powerful folk,
abusing their forced for their own ends,
and we cry shame! the effrontery! 
Until your word reminds us
'you are the one.' 

When we are the overbearing folk,
our God, call us to turn from wrong,
put away our sin,
let us begin again. 

We hear the stories of manipulative folk,
twisting, deceiving, others like pawns in a game,
and we cry shame! the effrontery! 
Until your word reminds us
'you are the one.' 

When we are the manipulative folk,
our God, call us to turn from wrong,
put away our sin,
let us begin again. 

We hear stories of self-righteous folk,
so sure their harm is justified,
and we cry shame! the effrontery! 
Until your word reminds us
'you are the one.' 

When we are the self-righteous folk,
our God, call us to turn from wrong,
put away our sin,
let us begin again. 

Assurance of forgiveness 
Come to God with your contrite heart,
your willingness to turn from wrong. 
God will welcome your confession,
and will, and has, put away our sin. 

Look up with thanksgiving,
God will indeed let us begin again.
Thanks be to God. Amen. 









Sunday, 18 July 2021

with Jesus

John 6:1–21 

withdraw to the mountaintop,
the sacred height, the thin
place; withdraw into the Presence
of God 

follow the Son of Holy One,
through valleys, over hills, follow
the Son of Holy One, seek, and find
God's peace 

look for the little one, the poor,
the young, the unlikely one – look
where you think you can not look and see
your God 



 

Sunday, 11 July 2021

The rhythm of our days

Mark 6:30–34, 53–56

May the rhythm of our days
include gathering together to share
all we have done, who we have met; 

include a coming away to a deserted
place alone, to rest awhile, be fed; 

include compassion, open eyes
and open hearts to those whose need 
we can meet, today; 

include courage for crossing stormy
seas, wisdom to recognise the Sacred,
patience as we learn how to follow;

include mooring our boat in new places,
meeting strangers with peace that heals. 

May the rhythm of our days
resemble yours, Jesus our guide
to life, and may we know, ourselves, the peace 
with which you call us to meet each other. 
Amen. 


Sunday, 4 July 2021

Restore us to your story

Mark 6:14–29 

 

Confession

When we do not understand,
but like to listen to your Story, 
be present, Holy One. 

When we feel brought to shame
by the truth proclaimed in your Story,
be patient, Holy One. 

When we make rash promises
that lead us to dishonour you, your Story, 
be kind, Holy One. 

When we do not know that what we ask
will harm another, contradicting your Story,
be merciful, Holy One. 

When the consequences of our acts
take life, bring death, and break your heart,
forgive us, Holy One. 

silence 

Hear our cries,
our heartbreak at 
the ruin we bring
to the Story you
would have us tell. 
Heal us, Holy One. 

Assurance of forgiveness 

Our cries are heard,
Holy presence in our 
lack of understanding,
patience with our shame,
kindness for our thoughtlessness,
mercy, forgiveness,
healing. 
Receive God's grace
to restore you;
it is a new day,
begin again. 
Amen. 



Sunday, 27 June 2021

Where welcome is found

prayers with Mark 6:1–13 

1. Confession 
Not welcome back home
unheeded, disrespected,
rejected, at home, where 
kin and neighbour knew him 
best, they knew him least 
when he became most
fully the Son of God, 
Son of Humanity, promised. 

Forgive our disrespect, our
lack of welcome and hearing
for our kin and neighbours
returning home to be
rejected, unexpected 
in their fullest becoming: 
forgive us, Holy One. 

2. Assurance of forgiveness 
Amazed at the disbelief
of kin and neighbour turned
strangers, Jesus yet
healed a few. 

Jesus does not reject 
the few who yet seek
his touch, his grace,
his healing – so turn
and shed that disbelief,
for faithfulness and trust: 
we are forgiven, and we 
thank you, Holy One. 

3. Intercession 
Into villages and homes
of closed-mindedness,
where messages of hope 
go unheeded, offers of peace
unwelcome, Holy One, 
bring your love. 

Into villages and homes
of open minds, 
where new ideas delight,
stories evoke wonder, and peace
is nurtured, Holy One,
we see your love. 

Into villages and homes
of disrespect and rejection,
where returning kin
go disbelieved, their fulness
unwelcome, Holy One, 
bring your love. 

Into villages and homes
of courageous embrace, 
where change evokes wonder, 
fulness of being is nurtured,
and all are welcome, Holy One,
we see your love. 

In all the village and homes,
towns and cities, farms
and camps, where hope
is rare and peace so 
keenly needed, Holy One,
may we be your love. 

4. Commissioning 
Take nothing: 
no bread, no bag,
no money in your belt,
no extra tunic for the cold. 
Have sandals for your feet,
a staff for support
as you walk,
two by two,
seeking welcome. 

Take everything 
I have taught you,
food and water for
yearning souls, love
for broken spirits: 
restore, revive,
reconcile wherever you
are welcome. 

Take nothing: 
no offence, no sorrow,
no anger or resentment;
leave the dust
at doors unopened,
at the feet 
of the unwilling,
when you meet not
welcome. 

Take everything
I will give you: 
love that heals,
wisdom that guides
a flourishing life, 
peace that transcends
understanding. Take
and share abundantly
my welcome, God's 
welcome, home. 



Sunday, 20 June 2021

bid me rise

 


Mark 5:21–43 

 

when I am ‘sleeping’,

Jesus take me by the hand

and bid me, rise. 

 

when illness lays me low,

a day, a week, a lifetime: 

Jesus take me by the hand

and bid me, rise. 

 

when grief breaks my heart,

and weeping fills my nights and days,

Jesus take me by the hand

and bid me, rise. 

 

when despair, depression, anxiety

stop me from living well,

Jesus take me by the hand

and bid me, rise. 

 

when I am homeless, when I am poor,

when I am friendless and alone,

Jesus take me by the hand

and bid me, rise. 

 

when I am ‘sleeping’, 

Jesus take me by the hand

and bid me, rise. 

Amen