May 19, 2019

Call to Worship: John 14: 23-29


Here’s a responsive call to worship inspired by Jesus’ words in John 14:23-29. It was written by Rev. Mindi and posted on her Rev-o-lution website.

Call to Worship
(inspired by John 14:23-29)

Those who love Jesus keep his words;
Those who love Christ
will make their home with God.
Those who know Jesus
will know his peace;
Those who know Jesus
will be taught in the ways of peace.
Come, follow and love Jesus our Lord,
who has come to be among us.
Come, worship God,
who lives among us, loves us,
and calls us home. Amen.

~ written by Rev. Mindi and posted on Rev-o-lution. http://rev-o-lution.org/

Prayer: Acts 16


Here’s a prayer inspired by the events in Acts 16:9-15, one of the suggested scripture readings for Easter 6, Year C. It was posted on the Monthly Prayers page (now Weekly Worship) of the Christian Aid website.

Prayer: For Eyes to See and Ears to Hear
(inspired by Acts 16:9-15)

God of dreams and Lord of visions, 
We pray for eyes to see and ears to hear 
For hearts and minds that will respond 
To all that you reveal to us:

'Come,' said the man who spoke through the night, 
'Come to Macedonia and help us.'
And his plea echoes others offered down through the centuries 

'Come,' they chorus, 
'Help,' they implore
In places of famine and desert they cry: 
'Bring to our nations the waters of life'

In places of pain and brokenness they cry: 
'Bring to our nations leaves for healing, from the tree of life'

In places of conflict and betrayal they cry: 
'Bring to this world the peace that was given by Jesus himself'

And of course, today, 
we’ll endeavour to bring justice and peace, 
freedom and healing and love. 

But in our ambition to build heaven on earth, 
Remind us, good God of vision and dreams, 
With eyes to see and ears to hear, 
And hearts and minds to understand, 
That those we seek to help today, 
May be the very ones anointed 
To reveal the paths of salvation 
That we are yet to walk. Amen.

~ originally posted on the Monthly Prayers page (now Weekly Worship) of the Christian Aid websitehttps://www.christianaid.org.uk/churches/weekly-worship


Prayers of the People: Easter 6 C


Here’s a prayer of intercession for the sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C.  It comes from the Presbyterian Church of Canada website.

Prayer of Intercession for Easter 6 C

God of new possibilities,
we give thanks for your constant reminder
that you have a vision for our world
that far exceeds our present realities. 

You call us up out of our cynicism, apathy and fear
to keep our eyes on the life you would have us live. 

We are grateful for the courage and determination
you make available to us to sustain our efforts
to work for better relationships, justice and peace. 
Help us to find the language and the courage
to share our own faith stories with each other,
and to be open and honest and humble in all of our interactions. 

God, we pray for our world and those nations
where violence and tyranny cause so much suffering. 

We pray for people driven out of their homes and their homelands,
and struggle to survive in refugee camps. 

We pray for those who do not have enough food to sustain them
or water to quench their thirst. 

We pray for those who are victims of slavery,
even in this 21st century;

God, we feel so helpless at times. 
Help us to enact your command
to love and to feed your sheep. 

For those who are suffering in body, mind or spirit,
we ask for healing and peace. 
Be our light in this world, God. 
In Jesus’ name we pray; Amen.

~ from the Presbyterian Church in Canada website. http://presbyterian.ca/worship/

Confession: Easter 6 Year C


Here’s a prayer of confession inspired by the suggested scripture readings for Easter 6, Year C.  They were written by Nancy Townley.

Prayer of Confession
(inspired by John 14:23-29, Revelation 21:1-10, 22-22:5)

Lord,
You know how easy it is for us to sit here,
tethered to our darkness and fear.
We get bound up by chains of mistrust.
We dare not to hope,
for so many times before we have been disappointed.
So we sit here and wonder where you are.
We are not unlike the disciples
who wondered also, who feared.

Lord, come to us in our darkness.
Flood us with your powerful light of love and mercy.
Help open our eyes to the good news of your eternal glory.
Give to us visions of the place in which love and hope will reign.
Forgive our stubborn resistance to your mercy and your love.
For we ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

Words of Assurance

Let the light of God’s eternal love flood into your hearts this day.
Feel the healing presence of God in your lives.
Accept God’s love and hope for you.
This is the gift freely given for you by Jesus Christ,
God’s risen Son our Lord. AMEN.

~ written by Nancy Townley, and posted on the Worship Connection page of the Ministry Matters website. http://www.ministrymatters.com/


Prayer: Revelation 21


Here’s a prayer inspired by Revelation 21. It was written by Christine Jerrett and posted on her blog (see link below).

Prayer:
A God who makes all things new
(inspired by a reading of Revelation 21)

Living God,
Maker of heaven and earth,
we come into your presence
and we know ourselves to be recipients of
great and wonderful gifts —
the earth, the sky, the waters —
given to us here in such abundance and beauty.
We lead enormously privileged lives.
Don’t let our comfort blind us to the newness
you are making in our midst —
a newness that is taking us in directions
we would not choose on our own;
a newness that moves our safe horizons
out beyond what we can control.

This much does not change:
You are our God; we are your people,
bound to you by the love of Jesus Christ
and by the call of your Holy Spirit.
Faithful God, hold us deep in that truth
even as you move us into your new creation.

Creating and re-creating God,
take us in our uncertainties
and make us new.
We pray in the name of your Son,
who has gone ahead of us into your new future
and who beckons us follow. Amen.

~ posted on Christine Jerrett. https://christinejerrett.wordpress.com/


May 18, 2019

Prayer: God of Pentecost


Here’s a prayer of commitment and intercession inspired by the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2). It was written by Johanna Harader and posted on RevGalBlogPals.

Prayer for Pentecost

Flaming God of Pentecost,
Let us speak in tongues of comfort
to those weeping over the bodies of their loved ones
shot by troubled gunmen, killed in border clashes, dying from Ebola.

Let us speak in tongues of courage
to those living in fear
of the next shooting, the next bomb, the illness that threatens.

Let us speak in tongues of condemnation
against laws and policies that promote violence,
prioritizing the preferences of some over the lives of others.

Let us speak in tongues of care
for the most vulnerable in our world–
human beings, animals, and ecosystems.

Let us speak in tongues of love
for you and for your people,
that Your language might be our language.

And when our tongues are still,
when we have no words to speak,
let our hearts burn with your fire,
let our ears hear your words in our own native tongue,
let our skin feel the wind of your Spirit–
a mighty wind, blowing where it will.
Amen

~ written by Rev. Joanna Harader, pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS. She blogs at SpaciousFaith.com. This prayer was posted on RevGalBlogPals. https://revgalblogpals.org/2018/05/19/saturday-prayer-speaking-in-tongues/

Prayer: Pour Out the Fire of Love Upon Us


Here’s an opening prayer (prayer of invocation) from Rev. Karla Miller. It was posted on RevGalBlogPals. (See link below.)

Opening Prayer

O for a thousand tongues to sing sweet praise!

O rushing wild spirit of God
pour out the fire of love upon us!
Unfurl your language upon our lips,
Unlock our minds to embrace all possibility
Unleash our hearts so Your justice flows freely.

O for a thousand tongues to sing sweet praise!

O rushing wild spirit of God
pour out the fire of love upon us!
May your breeze bring health and wholeness,
May your breath heat our resolve,
May your Spirit storm the earth with mercy and grace
O for a thousand tongues to sing sweet praise!

O rushing wild spirit of God
pour out the fire of love upon us!
Set us free from self-doubt,
Make us listeners as we seek awareness,
Shake us awake when we forget our privilege. 

O for a thousand tongues to sing sweet praise!

O rushing wild spirit of God
pour out the fire of love upon us!
Amen. Amen. Amen. 

~ written by Rev. Karla Miller, Minister of Community Life at Old North Church in Marblehead, MA. Posted on RevGalBlogPals. https://revgalblogpals.org/2018/05/19/saturday-prayer-speaking-in-tongues/