Sunday 16 AUGust 2020
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Come and worship, all you who love and serve the Lord--
outsiders and insiders,
old-timers and new-comers,
the young, old and the in-betweeners.
Come as you are,
for this is God’s space—a place of prayer for all people,
and God welcomes each one who comes.
Our God – as father and mother your open arms welcome all who call on Your name--
who acknowledge You as Lord, and look to You in faith.
No one stands outside the circle of Your mercy and love.
You welcome us from all cultures and traditions
You know that we don’t all have the same power and influence
But we all have equal value, voice and agency before you
Thank you for your constant and unending love that knows no border,
no ethnicity, no gender or sexuality
But is poured out freely upon each one of us
And so we come to offer you our worship--
to declare that you are our God,
and that we are your people,
called and chosen by you from the very beginning.
In the many times that we fail to follow your footsteps, we ask
not only for forgiveness, but for boldness to carry on,
And to always know that you stand with us
Through the presence of your Holy Spirit
open our eyes to see you here;
open our minds to receive your truth,
and our mouths to speak and sing your praise.
For you alone are God--
worthy of all praise and worship,
now and to the end of time.
PRAYERS FOR OTHERS:
(inspired by Matthew 15:21-28)
O Christ our Lord, we thank you that you do not discriminate when we call on you for healing, you reach out to all who seek you.
Thank you, that you are an inclusive Saviour, not prone to favouritism, not swayed by class, ability, material circumstances, nationality or gender.
As the Canaanite woman brought her daughter’s need to you,
overcoming stigma and rejection to do so,
confident of your healing in her life,
so we bring the needs of others, not just in our own congregation, but throughout the wider world, to you in prayer:
Those for whom pain is a constant companion
Those who daily live with chronic illness or ill-health
Those who struggle with the confusion, anxiety and distress
of mental illness
Those who care for and treat people who are ill
and sometimes have agonizing decisions to face
Those for whom treatment is not available or affordable
Those who have nowhere and no one to turn to for help.
We particularly remember, those who have Covid 19, and are struggling to recover, those who are taking longer to regain their energy and strength and whose mental health has been affected by their experience of the illness.
Those who have suffered loss, loss of health, loss of livelihood and security, loss of hope, loss of family and friends.
Lord Jesus Christ,
bring peace. Amen.