6 January (Epiphany of the Lord)
'Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts ...' (Matthew 2:11)
Most of us don't have treasure chests,
some of us have worldly wealth,
some of us live on the edge of penury.
The richest among us are not always the most generous,
the poorest of us have unexpected and often unnoticed gifts to give.
But if our hearts thrill and rejoice at the safe birth of a child,
at the raising up of the humble,
at the promise of a different way
and the hope of justice,
then we offer you back the riches of our lives,
our insights for reflection,
our commitments for action,
our money, time and talents.
In you and through you,
let them be healing, nourishing, serving
in the life of the world.
Touch us with your loving and joyful spirit,
deliver us to be your new creation
and sharers in your creativity
so that we may be people who choose true wealth.
We ask in Jesus' name,
11 January (Baptism of the Lord)
'Then God said, "Let there be light" and there was light.' (Genesis 1:3)
God of all life, of all ages, of all places;
God of all people, of all voices, of all accents;
God of all signs, of all symbols, of all songs...
when creation came to be,
when the earth was first flooded with light,
you were there.
You are the abiding presence.
As old as you are,
we also know you as the very new within us –
as the tender, the emerging,
the ever young, whatever our age.
In you we place our trust.
As we celebrate Christ's baptism by John,
we remember the Spirit descending like a dove
on the Beloved who lived, died and is risen for us;
the abiding sign of love.
May we live out our baptism as a loving community in Christ,
strengthening one another in faith,
upholding one another in prayer
and encouraging one another in service.
18 January (Second Sunday after Epiphany)
'O Lord, you have searched me and known me...' (Psalms 139:1)
God of all life,
You call us from sleep, the tingling voice in our ears,
You know us as intimately as a mother knows her children,
You care for us body and soul,
You recognise that which is deepest within us.
Accompany us in the comings and goings of our lives;
In the hard places as well as the smooth ones;
in conflict zones and refugee camps,
in countries devastated by climate change
be present with those who suffer and struggle,
with those who work for change.
The gospel of the God of life to shelter us;
The gospel of the God of life to help us,
To keep us from all malice, to keep us from all anguish.
Christ himself is shepherd over us,
Enfolding us on every side.
He will not leave us forsaken, nor let evil come near us.
From the Carmina Gadelica (final section)
25 January (Third Sunday after Epiphany)
'And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people."' (Mark 1:17)
You are a Lord who walks beside your people.
So we pray for people who walk for justice.
You are a Lord who raises up those who are bent low.
So we pray for those held down by the grindings of life
and the indifference of the world.
You are a Lord who feeds the hungry.
So we pray for all who long for bread
And the means to provide it.
You are a Lord who celebrates the small and the insignificant.
So we pray for the children
And for those who are never noticed.
You are a Lord who says, 'Follow me'.
So we pray for courage and faith in our hearts
That we may take up the cross and find it leads to life.
For more of our prayers, please use the red arrows below to see our prayers from previous months.