Week starting 18 August 2019

25 Aug 2019 by William Tibben in: Weekly Prayer

 Loving God, Thank you for holding this space for us to gather together as your church community, and for accepting us as we come and go from this sacred place. Thank you God for your abundant love and the faith and trust which you have in us, and for the cloud of witnesses who inspire our faith. Thank you for Christ’s caring example, which has woven us into a supportive and loving community of faith. Thank you, God, for providing us with the building blocks with which we have built our church community of unconditional love, peace and acceptance. 

And – beyond us -
We thank you for the many people throughout the ages
Who have followed your way of life joyfully:
For the many saints and martyrs, men and women,
Who have offered up their very lives, so that your life abundant may become manifest.  For your love and faithfulness we will at all times praise you.

O Lord, we thank you for those who chose the way of Jesus Christ.
In the midst of trial, they held out hope,
In the midst of hatred, they kindled love;
In the midst of persecutions, they witnessed to your power;

In the midst of despair, they clung to your promise.
For your love and faithfulness we will at all times praise you.

O Lord, we thank you for the truth they passed on to us:

That it is by giving that we receive;
It is by becoming weak that we shall be strong;

It is by loving others that we shall be loved;
It is by offering ourselves that your kingdom shall unfold;
It is by dying that we shall inherit life everlasting.
Lord, give us courage to follow your way of life.
For your love and faithfulness we will at all times praise you.

Father, we especially ask for your healing hand  on Barry, Pat, June,

Neri’s mum – and in the next few moments we bring you those

concerns that are on our hearts, in the silence . . . (pause)

Let us clearly recognise what it means
to be called the children of God,
and to know we are to be your saints
neither by our own inclination norin our own strength
but simply by the calland the healing holiness of Christ Jesus our Saviour.

Shhh, listen! Can you hear them? The saints of heaven – those who have gone on before us – are cheering us on as we run towards the finish line of our faith.
They join with us as we pray, saying . . .

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen.