Call to worship You will be my witnesses, says the Lord, in Jerusalem, … and to the ends of the earth. Your Word is a lantern to my feet and a light on my path. We meet in the name of Jesus, who offers his peace and strength to all.
Opening Prayer Christ is with us ; his Holy Spirit comes to everyone; He will rescue us; he doesn’t leave us to cope on our own. The invitation today is to come to him, even if we feel we are always returning, for this is what Christ offers to us all. Lord, gracious and compassionate, you invite us to come to be loved, forgiven, and healed. Your heart is open to us even when we fall again & again. Give us faith in the power of your Holy Spirit now and always. Amen
Responses Lord have mercy on your creation, on the world you have made, on every living creature, on us all, Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy on your salvation, on those who are lost, on those who stray, on us all, Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy on the dispirited, on the depressed, on the despairing, on us all, Lord have mercy
Scripture: The Chosen Ones of God - Colossians 3: 12-15; The Call of the Lord - Joel 2: 27
Confession: What God has prepared for those who love him , he has revealed through the Spirit, for the Spirit searches everything. So we come to the Lord who is full of compassion, and acknowledge our transgressions in penitence and faith. Merciful God, we confess our failures to give what we can in our life; for failures in generosity, for failure in tolerance of others; for failure to do our best at home, work, in study; for failure to rejoice in the good fortunes of others; Lord in your mercy - hear our prayer. Lord, make us generous in sharing, of our talents, of what we have, in all we think and say and do; Christ in your mercy - hear our prayer. Lord, bless our efforts in work and at home; in our relationships with others; and in our joy in the goodness of others. Lord in your mercy - hear our prayer. God of all time forgive us and help us to lay down our burden of regret. We pray in your name. Amen.
Readings: The Call of the Lord - Isaiah 43:1; The Lord’s Guidance - Psalm 143:10; Called by a new Name - Isaiah 62;2b &3; Isaiah 40:28-31 - Come unto me, when tired ; Matthew 11:28-30 - Carrying Heavy Burdens
Our prayers Feel free to name people or places or issues or to raise them before God in a time of silence. Then pray: We hold in our prayers the people through out the world who have lost loved ones due to the Corona Virus ; We remember those who are working tirelessly in the NHS to save lives in this National Emergency. We pray for those suffering throughout the world through violence, poverty and illness and especially pray for the Children. We pray for all those in countries who are without a fair share of this world’s resources . the poor, the sick and those excluded because of gender, race and faith. We pray for those working for justice. We pray for all who have become isolated or trapped by their own fear and hostility. We pray for those who feel they have no value in their lives. We pray for homes that are places of unhappiness; for refugees or political exiles, those with no home. We pray for all those who are sick or infirm, those whose admission to hospital is delayed, and those in need of any kind. We pray for those recently bereaved, for loved ones we remember at this time. Lord, you have called us to serve you. Lead us beyond words to action, so we may respond to the suffering of others. Make us into the people you want us to be and reassure us of your love. Listen to us Lord, listen not to our words but to our prayer. For you alone, understand and care. Amen
Prayer God our Father, you are the source of all health and healing, all strength and peace, teach us to know you more clearly and to trust you more firmly. Take from us all that hinders your healing power, all anxieties and fears. help us in our weakness to rest in your love and continue in the stillness of your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Closing Prayer God our Father, you are the source of all health and healing, all strength and peace, teach us to know you more clearly and to trust you more firmly. Take from us all that hinders your healing power, all anxieties and fears. Help us in our weakness to rest in your love and to enter into the stillness of your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Blessing May we know in our hearts the love and compassion of Jesus, and may we know in our minds the truth of his forgiveness. May God’s forgiveness of us be noticed in our forgiveness of each other. May the Father of life, the Son of forgiveness and the Spirit of reconciliation bless and heal each one of us now and always. Amen.
Dismissal Go in the peace Of Christ.
This Service was adapted from Pattern of our Days from the Iona Community - Wild Goose Pubs.1996 & Reconciliation Services by Donal Neary,–the Columba Press 2004.