Mar 27, 2017

Prayer of Illumination

Here is a prayer of illumination, traditionally offered before the reading and preaching of the Word. It comes from Leonard Sweet’s Preach the Story website.

Prayer before the Word

Gracious God,
may your messages and preaching come to us
through your Holy Spirit’s power,
so that our faith might not rest
on the articulation of words by our pastor 
or the acumen of the human mind,
but upon Your power and presence.
Help us never to depend upon our own might or power,
but always upon Your Spirit.
May You, the God of all hope,
fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in you,
and in your holy Son,
the Lord Jesus,
Messiah of all people. Amen.

~ Posted on Leonard Sweet’s Preach the Story. https://preachthestory.com/resources/

Call to Worship: Psalm 28

Here’s a call to worship inspired by Psalm 28. It was written by Joanna Harader and posted on her Spacious Faith blog.

Call to Worship
(inspired by Psalm 28)

Praise be to God
who hears our voice.
God is our strength;
God is our shield;
Our hearts trust
and help comes.
Our hearts leap for joy,
and with our songs we praise our God.


~ written by Joanna Harader and posted on Spacious Faith. https://spaciousfaith.com/

Good Friday Reflection: Do You Know?

Here’s a thoughtful prayer reflection from Rachel Hackenberg. It was inspired by John 13:12 and Luke 23:34

Good Friday Reflection
(inspired by John 13:12 and Luke 23:34)

“Do you know what I have done to you?”
You have retold my story,
loving it like it was your own,
changing it by your holy imagination.

“Do you know what you have done to me?”
We have co-opted your story,
loving it like we were its heroes,
twisting it to our own conclusions.

“Do you know what I have done to you?”
You have stood my feet on solid ground,
kept them company in my long wanderings,
guided them when my next steps were unclear.

“Do you know what you have done to me?”
We have stood without shame on your blood,
raised your name like we are its sole heirs,
presumed you bless our every endeavor.

“Do you know what I have done to you?”
“Do you know what you have done to me?”

Help us, O Christ.
You have done everything.
We have done too much…and not enough.


~ written by Rachel Hackenberg, and posted on rachel g. hackenberg. https://rachelhackenberg.com/tag/liturgy/ 

Prayer of Intercession for Good Friday

Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by Isaiah 52. It was written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the Still point Spirituality Centre website.

Prayer of Intercession
(inspired by Isaiah 52)

Jesus, who knew what it was to be despised,
who was no stranger to suffering and infirmity,
who understood the pain of abandonment:
be with us in our living,
where the small dramas play out daily,
and where we feel great pity for ourselves.

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Jesus, whose friends hid their faces
and turned away when you needed them most:
whose bruises were a political statement,
and who was a victim of perverted justice:
be with us in our world, where millions
long for justice and dignity.

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Jesus, in this long, long day
before you were laid to rest,
grant to all those whose waiting
drifts on through long months and years,
the grace of knowing that you
are also present to our Good Friday stories.

Lord have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

~ written by Ann Siddall, and posted on the website of the Stillpoint Spirituality Centre.  http://www.stillpointsa.org.au/

Prayer Reflection for Good Friday: Endings

Here’s a thoughtful prayer reflection for Good Friday.  It was written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws.

Endings

When the alleluias fall silent
and the story comes to a stop
and the words fade out mid-sentence
and even the stones keep quiet

and those who still find there is something to say
shout for the wrong side

then you know
the Lord of Life
has finished the parable
with one final sentence
'It is finished'

and the tragedy bows its final bow in the world
and is entombed

all that remains
is the fear
that we may never find our voices again
and we will forget
how to speak of love
now the word
has been silenced
and the story
run out of endings

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws. http://www.nkchurch.org.uk/index.php/mucky-paws