Sunday 24 May 2020
we give thanks that you are a God
who teaches us more about yourself
and who has always more to reveal of your love.
Speak to us now in this time of worship.
God, we are here to meet with you.
Though you are always with us,
we need to take time to pay attention,
to become aware of your presence
and to discover you at the very core of our being.
So, we are here to bring our worship.
To declare your greatness and your goodness.
To give thanks for all of your gifts to us.
To feel your presence.
To listen out to what you have to say.
To resolve afresh to live as your people,
with the help of your Spirit.
We thank you for the many ways we hear your voice
especially through the life and example of Jesus,
through the scriptures,
through the world around us,
through the people we meet,
through thinking, and reflection, and prayer,
through the experiences of our lives,
and through our day to day relationship with you.
help us to be open to everything you say,
ready to receive your instruction
and accept your guidance.
Speak to us this day,
and give us ears to ear,
through Jesus Christ,
in whose words we pray together,
Our Father in heaven…
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us in the time of trial
and deliver us from evil
for the kingdom, the power and the glory
now and forever.
See video from Ruth Forsythe (Goes out on Monday)
Prayers for Others and Ourselves.
Thank you, Lord, for those working in the front line during this crisis,
confronting the challenge of coronavirus head on.
Thank you for hospital staff –
and so many others behind the scenes –
sometimes at real personal risk to themselves.
Thank you for GPs,
and those working in the community,
offering guidance and support to those in special need.
Thank you for these people:
for their dedication,
and giving of themselves above and beyond the call of duty.
Support them in all the pressures they face,
and help them to cope with the extra workload,
the limited resources,
the emotional and physical demands made upon them,
so that, through their work and skills,
you may show your love and bring your healing.
In these troubled, and difficult days
it would be easy for us to feel sorry for ourselves, Lord,
to be anxious about the long hours of isolation
or worry about what might happen to us or our loved ones,
but what good would that do,
what help would that offer us or anyone else?
So teach us instead to think of others,
and to ask ourselves what we can do for them,
for we can all do something,
whatever our situation.
a phone call,
if nothing else, through such things as these we can stay in touch,
Show us what we can do,
how we can help,
in ways we might never even have considered.
Whatever these days might bring,
Help us to make them not about us,
but about others.
(Prayer adapted from Nick Fawcett)
May Christ’s peace surround us.
May Christ’s light shine on us.
May Christ’s joy fill us.
May Christ’s blessing always go with us.