6 January (Epiphany)
'…they offered him gifts….' (Matthew 2:11)
We offer you our gold,
The morning on the wing
The glow on the faces of children at play
The shining moments that brighten our lives.
We offer you our frankincense,
The quiet reassurance of familiar things
The grace of care and friendship
The blessing of bread and our heart’s yearning in prayer.
We offer you our myrrh,
The ashes of our dreams
The bitter taste of our failures
The shadows through which we stumble.
Transform our inadequate gifts,
That they may be an acceptable sacrifice of praise,
And transform our lives
To reflect more deeply your justice and joy
In the life of the world.
13 January (Baptism of the Lord)
'When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…' (Isaiah 43:2)
God of many names
We give ourselves into the hand of your continuing creativity;
Our past, with its joys and triumphs, its failures and regrets,
Our present, with its struggles and accomplishments, its hopes and setbacks,
Our future, with its fears and freedom, its pain and possibility,
Trusting the Spirit that breathes life,
Trusting the love that will not let us go,
Trusting the promise of the Word made flesh.
20 January (Second Sunday after Epiphany)
'How precious is your steadfast love, O God' (Psalm 36:7)
May the Holy Spirit of all life bless and preserve our communities and families,
Our mothers and fathers, our grandfathers and grandmothers and grandchildren,
Our sisters and brothers, our sons and daughters,
Our spouses, partners, friends and neighbours of every age
Lord, in your mercy/hear our prayer
We pray for people continuing with the ordinary things of life in the face of difficulty:
for babies expected or new-born, and those who love them
for couples uniting their lives in marriage
for older people taking delight in the promise of a future they will not share
for those who have seen much sorrow
and those who continue to celebrate and say ‘yes’ to life
May we strengthen one another in loving service,
uphold one another in prayer,
and encourage one another in doing justice.
27 January (Third Sunday after Epiphany)
'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour.' (Luke 4:18-19)
O Christ, you lived as an ordinary man
not in style but simply,
yet still you caused uproar, and questions everywhere;
you drew the expectations of hungry crowds,
and brought buried conflicts to the light.
May we, who are sometimes swayed by the crowd’s approval,
and who often avoid conflict
for fear of its cost to us,
hold fast to the gospel of peace and justice
and follow faithfully in your way of compassion and solidarity
with those who are poor and excluded,
wherever it may lead us.
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