Author Archives: rickpryce

Prayers for August 18, 2019

Filled with promise, and empowered by love, let us offer our prayers to God.

[Short pause]

Transforming God, you love us as we are, yet you do not leave as as we are.  Open us to change and growth.  In your unbounded mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Transforming God, we fear change because we fear loss.  Rekindle our faith in your presence.  Remind us of your renewing promise.  In your unbounded mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Transforming God, forgive us for reducing your love to a transaction, your forgiveness to a contractual arrangement.  Embrace us with the vastness of your love.  In your unbounded mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Transforming God, our limitations do not limit you.  Inspire your church to take risks, to take what comes, and to trust your promise.  In your unbounded mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Transforming God, all of our lives need to be transformed.  Use us to reach past the familiar, and to touch those who need healing, reconciliation, and hope.  We especially remember [NAMES, AND] those whom we name before you.
[Long pause]
In your unbounded mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Transforming God, you love us as we are, yet you do not leave as as we are.  You have freed us to move.  Help us join your dance.  In your unbounded mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Trusting in the promise of unbounded love, we pray as Jesus continues to teach us.
Our Father in heaven, ….

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Looking to Jesus – A sermon

This is a sermon I wrote back in 1998.

It has stayed with me (that is, haunted me!) ever since.

I don’t know if it’s the “best” sermon I’ve ever written, but it is probably the most honest.

It has been slightly revised for the current day.

May it inspire your own wrestling and reflection.

Looking to Jesus

Prayers of the People, August 4, 2019

Filled with promise, and empowered by love, let us offer our prayers to God.

[Short pause]

God who gives, you call us to use our wealth for the sake of your purposes in this world.  Free us from selfishness and fear.  Free us for love and service.  In your unbounded mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the greedy, we admit our insatiable desire for more.  Remind us again of how much you have already given us.  Call us again to gratitude.  In your unbounded mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the generous, we offer our thanks for those who live a grateful life, who serve joyfully, who recognize what they have, who give out of your abundance.  Strengthen our faith to live the same way.  In your unbounded mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the church, you bring your people together to support each other in our efforts to live faithful lives.  May we be generous with each other, that we may grow in blessing the community and world around us.  In your unbounded mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the needy, free us from our fearful self-centredness, and open us to our neighbours throughout the world.  May we reach out before we are asked; may we help before others are desperate; may we become as generous as you are.  In your unbounded mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God of the suffering, motivate us to touch those who are hurting with your abundant love, especially [NAMES, AND] those whom we name before you.
[Long silence]
Remind us that you have given us all we need to respond to the pain around us.  In your unbounded mercy,
Hear our prayer.

God who gives, re-create us in your generous image, that your world may know your love.  In your unbounded mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Trusting in the promise of unbounded love, we pray in Jesus name.
Amen

Gay Pride in Lunenburg, 2019

The following was the litany written by myself, and read by myself and the Rev. LauraMarie Piotrowicz, from St. John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg, on the occasion of the 4th annual Gay Pride Flag Raising in Lunenburg, on July 19, 2019.

Quite well received, actually.

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We are here as allies, and as representatives of the church.  As allies, as representatives of the church, we would like to say the following.

For assuming we have had the right to tell others what their value is, we admit our brokenness.

For insisting that we have the ability to tell other how to be, we admit our brokenness.

For attempting to exercise power over others, and demanding conformity with standards that don’t even apply to ourselves, we admit our brokenness.

For turning our back on the image of God in you, we admit our brokenness.

For your grace-filled welcome to participate in this celebration with you, we offer our thanks.

For reminding us all of the kind of church, community, nation and world we are called to be, we offer our thanks.

For being who you are, and inviting us to share the same adventure, we offer our thanks.

For reminding us of the image of God in all of us, we offer our thanks.

May this day, our lives, and all our interactions reflect the presence of the God who is love.

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Photo by Grant Dixon.

Prayers of the People for Pentecost, 2019

God is with us.  God is in our world.  Therefore we can offer our prayers in confidence, trusting that we will be heard.

[Short pause]

God who goes with us, you call us to follow Jesus.  You empower us to follow Jesus.  Through the power of your Spirit, we can be what you call us to be.  Spirit of God,
Hear our prayer.

God who goes with us, you invite us to do what Jesus did.  Strengthen us to reach out to the outcast as he did, to love the unloved as he did, to welcome the outsider as he did.  Spirit of God,
Hear our prayer.

God who goes with us, you promise that we will do more than Jesus.  Free us from thinking in terms of accomplishments.  Free us to embrace humility, and to think in terms of service.  Spirit of God,
Hear our prayer.

God who goes with us, we celebrate the coming of your Spirit.  Remind us again that the church is not the goal of your mission, but is to be a means of your mission.  Remind us that your goal is not a bigger church, but is a restored creation  Spirit of God,
Hear our prayer.

God who goes with us, you fill us with yourself so that we may be your presence in our hurting world.  Use us to touch those who need love and healing, including [NAMES AND] those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Spirit of God,
Hear our prayer.

God who goes with us, strengthen us to serve your world, that all may catch a glimpse of your loving presence.  Spirit of God,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this and more, trusting the promise of our risen and living Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

Prayers of the People for Easter 7, 2019

Love has won.  A new way begins.  Therefore we offer our prayers, full of hope, and trusting life.

[Short pause]

God of resurrection, you send us to the world.  Remind us that you are the one who will do the helping.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you send us to the hungry.  Remind us that it is your food we are sharing.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you send us to the lonely.  Remind us that it is your companionship we are discovering.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you send us to the stranger.  Remind us of all we have in common with them.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you call us to be the church.  Remind us that it is your mission we are witnessing.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you send us to the sick and dying.  We especially pray for [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Remind us that you are the one who provides health and healing.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

God of resurrection, you send us to the world.  Remind us that you are already there.  God of life,
We offer our praise.

We pray all this and more, trusting the promise of our risen and living Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.