Monthly Archives: March 2017

Prayers of the People for Lent 4, March 26, 2017

Together we come to God, aware of our brokenness, aware of our call, aware of the world’s need, and asking that we be strengthened for ministry.

[Short pause]

God of those who cannot see, you come to us, into our space, into our darkness, with words of encouragement and hope.  Help us hear you.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who do not see, you come into our situation with words of persuasion, words of direction, words of call.  Help us respond to you.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who refuse to see, you challenge our stubbornness with words of confrontation, words of demand, words of warning.  Help us take you to heart.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who claim to see, you do not offer comfort when we deceive ourselves.  You point us to uncomfortable reality.  You bring painful truth.  Help us be open to whatever you see that we need.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who crave to see, you offer words of promise to all who realize their blindness.  Help us be open to the healing you bring.  Help us be vehicles for the restoration you offer, especially for [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of those who do not see, our world is blind, and we are a part of this world.  Help us hear your word.  Help us trust your promise.  Help us share your love.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, your liberating Saviour.
Amen.

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Water Creed

I believe in almighty God,
Creator and Divider of waters:
Salt and fresh,
Running and still,
Falling and frozen and fog;
Holy liquid, without which we would not be.

I believe in Jesus, the Christ,
Holy Child of God,
who was infused by the Spirit into the waters of creation,
who was nurtured and grown in Mary’s womb-water,
who entered the river-water with John,
who restored the storm-water to calm,
and who shared living-water with the woman at the well.

This was the One
who was condemned by the political sea-scape of the day,
whose blood-water was spilled on the cross,
whose breath-water was released back to God,
and who was placed in the ground to return his life-water to the earth.
But who, after three waterless, lifeless days, returned,
splashing us with heavenly identity
and holy promise.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
who hovered over the waters,
who pours God’s very self into us,
who unites us with each other in the regenerating flow of love,
who restores our parched souls with reconciliation,
who promises life,
and who pledges that we will never be thirsty again.

Amen.

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Prayers of the People for Ash Wednesday 2017

Together we come to God, aware of our brokenness, aware of our call, aware of the world’s need, and asking that we be strengthened for ministry.

[Short pause]

God of ashes, we acknowledge our guilt.  Remind that your forgiveness embraces everything about us.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our limitations.  Remind us that it’s ok for us not be perfect.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our fear.  Remind us that it does not have to set our agenda.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our divisions.  Remind us that you bring us to reconciliation, with you and with each other.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our unhealthy lives.  Remind us that you bring restoration, for us and for all.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of ashes, we acknowledge our efforts to keep you at bay.  Remind us of your promise that you will never leave us alone.  Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We offer all these prayers, as well as the unspoken longings of our hearts, to you, liberating God, in the name of Jesus, your liberating Saviour
Amen.