A service for the 1st Sunday in Lent including prayers, hymns, readings and a sermon.
We wait in expectation,
recognising your presence within us.
and around us even when we don't see it.
You are the eternal source of all that is, all that was and all that will be.
You make the smallest of seeds become the greatest of trees.
You have made a world full of potential to thrive,
vast rainforests, oceans, woodlands, fields...
You are slow to anger and quick to bless,
you wait patiently for us to respond to your love,
even through times where we get it wrong and make mistakes...
God of all creation,
who declared that all you had made was good,
who crafted a world intended for harmony and wholeness,
who made us physical and spiritual beings,
we praise you for the wonder of your creation...
God of the easy yoke,
We thank you that in calling us you offer life without a heavy burden,
we thank you for the gift of wisdom given to us in our openness to you.
Help us recognise you in those who are most in need.
Help us reach out with your arms of love to welcome others into your family.
Help us to stand alongside those who face injustice.
God who calls us to take up our cross,
show us how to put the needs of our whole community
before our own individual needs:
how to take up our cross and live for others,
how to preach good news in word and action,
(Matthew 10:24-39) I knew someone once who would exaggerate about the things they did to make themselves look better. It took me a while to realise this is what they did. At first, I didn’t know them well enough to question what I was told, but then they started to say things and I’d think, hang on a minute, that’s not the case. They’d do something and then say, I always do this, but I knew that...
God of justice for the oppressed,
shake us and wake us so we may hear the voices of those considered least.
We pray for those who are oppressed.
We pray for those in slavery.
We pray for those who are exploited.