'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength…and you shall love your neighbour as yourself.' (Mark 12, 29-30)
God who loves us so much,
we know that we need each other.
Let us find you in each other,
let us find each other in you.
God, present in every movement of creation,
let us be responsible sharers of your garden of life.
And as the sky in all its mystery and glory
points out into the cosmos,
so may our lives display the mystery and glory of love,
your will for life on earth.
As we live by your grace and sharing of your very self,
open our hearts to those who need our solidarity.
We pray for people facing failed harvests and dry river beds,
for people who do not know where the next meal is coming from,
for people throughout the world who struggle to make a living in difficult circumstances.
Let your will for justice and equity be done,
that our love for our neighbour,
even those far from us,
may make known our love for you.
11 November (Remembrance)
you journeyed with Ruth
and comforted Hannah
when their lives were burdened by grief.
Grant us faith to believe you will provide a future
where we see none,
that bitterness may turn to joy
and barrenness may bear life. Amen.
'For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.' (Mark 12, 43-44)
God of widows and strangers,
you protect the oppressed and forgotten
and feed the hungry with good things.
You stand among us in Christ, offering life to all.
Give us open hearts and minds
to respond with love to the world,
caring for those for whom you care. Amen.
(Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts, admin. Augsburg Fortress)
'Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.' (Hebrews 10, 23)
O loving Christ, Redeemer,
hanged upon a tree, yet risen in the morning.
Scatter the sin from our souls as the mist from the hills.
Begin what we do, inform what we say, redeem who we are.
In you we place our hope,
our great hope, our living hope,
today and evermore.
(From the Celtic tradition)
in your own body you took upon yourself
the invisibility of all who are wounded
by war, sickness, poverty and fear
and you made it visible.
When we would rather turn our faces away,
draw us by your love
and give us your courage
to confront all that denies life
and to bear witness to our living hope,
not in our own strength but in your power to love
and to bring change to hopeless places.
25 November (The reign of Christ)
Pilate asked him, 'So you are a king?' Jesus answered, 'You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.' (John 18, 37)
Loving God of power and justice and peace,
in our broken world
we seek a new order
where there is courage to speak truth to power.
We seek a new order
where there is mutual support in church and community.
We seek a new order
where there is abundant time for healing.
We seek a new order
where there is peace and freedom for all.
This Sunday is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
A prayer for those who suffer from rape and assault
God of love, hear my prayer
I come to you bruised and weary, angry and sad.
Hold me and wipe away my tears.
Help me to see that this insanity was not my doing.
Walk with me through this long valley of darkness.
Stay with me when I feel lonely.
Sit with my heart for at this moment your gift of life to me is beyond my own feeling – even my own knowing.
Show me how to accept the care of those who love me and who pray for me,
especially when I cannot find the words to pray myself.
Pour out your healing spirit upon me, gentle God,
so that my spirit may again breathe
and then revive to feel hope and love once more.
All this and all that you see I need, I ask of you.
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