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Monthly prayers

February

5 February (Fifth Sunday after Epiphany)

A Salty Prayer of Confession

If salt loses its flavour
Is it still salt?
If salt loses its flavour
Does it lose its power to transform?
If salt loses its flavour
What is it for?

Dull, dry white powder.

If faith loses hope
Is it still faith
If faith loses hope
Does it lose its power to transform?
If faith loses hope
What is it for?

Dull, escapist shell
Religion
not faith.

Forgive us
when we lose sight
of the transformative power
of your gospel.

Forgive us
when we forget
whose name
we bear.

(Silence)

Christ,
pervade our lives
Christ,
permeate our living
Christ,
imbue our faith
with your transforming
Spirit of justice, peace and love
Now and forever,
Amen.


12 February (Sixth Sunday after Epiphany)

Choose Life

The brave-hearted may wish to search for the quote from Irving Welsh's Trainspotting before using this prayer. However be warned that, as well as very strong language, the themes it contains are disturbing.

The Biblical writers present us with the same choice between 'life in all its fullness' and destructive nihilism in rather gentler language.

Choose life
Choose death
Choose prosperity
Choose adversity
Choose God
Choose idols
Choose life

Wisdom is the fear of God
Folly is the desire of human hearts

Choose

Choose life
Choose death
Choose justice
Choose greed
Choose unity
Choose division
Choose life

Wisdom is the fear of God
Folly is the desire of human hearts

Choose

Choose life.


19 February (Seventh Sunday after Epiphany)

Stripping the Vineyard

A prayer for global justice

God whose gleanings
Far outstrip our proudest achievements
Help us to remember that there is more to life than the search for ever more efficient means of production.
Remind us that our humanity is the humanity which you shared
We are not economic units
We are not consumers
We are your children
We are your body here on earth.

May we leave your fields unscavenged
that all may share of your foolish generosity
May we leave grapes on the vine
that all may share of your foolish generosity
May we put justice before profit
that all may share of your foolish generosity
May we know the wisdom of living in harmony with this your planet
that all may share of your foolish generosity
May we see the consequences of our choices for those born into poverty
that all may share of your foolish generosity.

God whose gleanings
Far outstrip our proudest achievements
May we tend your vineyard
with your love,
Amen.


26 February (Transfiguration Sunday)

Hiding and Revealing Opening Prayer

Transfiguration is a big word
and tricky to spell too
it means a marked change in appearance
or a change that glorifies.

Transfiguration is a big word
for the story we celebrate
at the beginning of Lent
a pivot and a turning point.

Transfiguration is a big word
adopted by church tradition
hiding the mystery of divinity
a veil over the face of God.

Transfiguration is a big word
invented by theologians
revealing that Jesus
is touched by the divine.

Transfiguration is a big word
hiding that which is buried deep within
revealing what could yet be
full of possibility and hope.

Transfiguration is a big word
yet we catch glimpses all around us
the dawn bathing the park in crisp clear light
the glow of joy on someone's face.

God of transfiguration
we catch glimpses of you
in the unexpected places.

God of transfiguration
touch our lives that we may be filled
with the glow of your glory.

God of transfiguration
teach us to see beyond the hidden
to celebrate what may yet to be.
Amen.

© Clare McBeath and Tim Presswood, 2013. 

 

This month's prayers are from Tim Presswood. Tim is Transitional Regional Minister for the North Western Baptist Association. He has lived and ministered in inner-city Manchester for 25 years.

Together with Clare McBeath, he is the author of Crumbs of Hope: Prayers from the City and runs the Dancing Scarecrow worship resources website.

 

For more of our prayers, please use the red arrows below to see our prayers from previous months.

 

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