Pray5-4-5 for #Thy Kingdom Come

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, between 13 and 23 May 2021, we are being encouraged to pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus. Since the Lord’s prayer has five main sections we could use those five parts to pray for each of our five people. Underneath this introduction, there’s a set of prompts to assist you in using the Lord’s prayer structure as a way to pray for your people. Five phases of prayer for each of five people: 5-4-5.

In each section following there’s a short description of the kind of praying you might undertake in each phase of the prayer and then, in the section with the left-side stripe, an example of how that phase might look as prayer. To help keep it more personal-sounding, I’ve used a name -Kim- rather than put N or something like that. Kim is a name that could be male or female, so I’ve also used ‘their’ as the pronoun.

As you read the examples, you will probably -rightly- understand that praying like this will take some reflection and therefore time. The Lord’s prayer is a ‘we/us’ prayer, however it’s probably the case that you will mostly be praying when you’re on your own, so the examples reflect that in using mostly ‘I/me’ language.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Give thanks for your ‘prayee’ and especially for the ways that you see God at work in them.

I remember before you my friend Kim with thanks for their support and helpfulness to me. I praise you that where there is love, you are present and so I rejoice to see that. It’s great also to remember that their concern for the environment mirrors your own longing for the integrity of creation and nurture of all you have made. I’m grateful for our relationship.

God who loves us both deeply: hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Think about the person before God: what God might be doing in them next? -That’s your prayer.

As I reflect on Kim before you, I wonder whether their concern for the environment is seeded by your Spirit. So I ask that the eyes of their heart might be opened to begin to see us and the environment as your creation and you the wellspring of life. Help them to connect that passion in their own hearts with your heart.

Your kingdom come: your will be done in them.

Give us today our daily bread.

Ask God for the means to serve your prayee and for insight into how to relate the Good News to them.

Enable Kim and me to connect more deeply around environmental concern. Give me a deeper concern and understanding of your deep love for your wider creation and to learn to rejoice in what you have made. Grow wisdom in us to know how best to share that with Kim not to be off-putting but attractive.

Provide the means to do your will: give us our daily bread

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us

Confess any problematic thoughts, words or deeds towards them. Release any unworthy attitudes on your part.

I recognise that I have been dismissive of Kim’s concern and failed to recognise that you might have inspired it. I have been unheeding of that concern of yours in my own heart. Forgive me, turn me and I shall be turned. Forgive me too that I have thought of more of how I might give the gospel to Kim rather than how I might discover what you are doing in them and aligning with that, I’m sorry for the mistakes that has led me into with Kim. I also let go of the negative reaction I have had to Kim when we have argued partly as a result of that, I understand better now.

Your mission in love means forgiving: teach us both to receive and to pass it on.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

Ask for God’s guidance and wisdom in relating well to them, and to help keep you from unhelpful ways of relating to them.

I recognise my temptation to avoid or dismiss Kim’s concerns. Help me to be aware of that and enable me to find ways to share Kim’s concerns with integrity. Help me to find you in those concerns. Steer me away from being silent when I should be sharing and from talking when I should be listening. Help me to know the difference.

Move us forward in your will: keep us from wrong turns and ending in bad places.

Then ‘rinse and repeat’ as they say; try the same process with each of those five you are praying for. And as you enter into the flow of using the shape of the Lord’s prayer for regular prayer, you might want to consider some of the forms of prayer elsewhere on this sight. God bless you as you pray.

Prayers from the pandemic

During the lockdown period, Green Christians had an online course ‘Radical Presence’ the sessions began and ended with prayers. These prayers are repro’d here.

Each session’s opening prayers were the same. The closing prayers varied slightly week to week according to the main topic and readings. The bold lines are to be said together. Italics generally give guidance. There is a ‘consolidated’ single version here.

Opening liturgy

Together with all in Christ, we wait
Come Holy Spirit; soak into our deepest being
We reflect together with all your people
Come Holy Spirit; breeze through our staleness
We will hear the scriptures together
Come Holy Spirit; fire up our imaginations for good
There follows a moment of quiet, and then Bible reading/s and reflection

A canticle may be said.

Forms for the different sessions follow.

Jordan | Kairos | Flesh | Contagion | Womb | Tomb | Emmaus

“Jordan” (Threshold of Freedom) Session

We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves to fear
By your Spirit, You hold us as your children
God of compassion and all comfort
We rest in your loving-kindness, O God
Hallowed be your name in the Beloved, by the Spirit
As in the beginning so now and forever. Amen.

We ask for God’s eternal-life-giving to be known in our world in this
between-the-moments time, saying: Living God
change the world for good
For the unemployed and less-employed, provoke the breaking out of
means to live well; Living God
change the world for good
Among households, young and old, well and infirm together in unfamiliar
life patterns, inspire wisdom, forbearance and joy; Living God
change the world for good.
Strengthen the prophetic voices and embolden the visionaries of
business as better than we’re used-to; Living God
change the world for good.
Other biddings, out-loud or in heart-quiet, may be added here, ending
each
:
Living God
change the world for good
We desire courage of ourselves to wait and to face the future; Living
God
change the world for good
…Pause, holding before God our own needs …
O God, your unstinting providence sustains the world, our societies, our
living: Take care for us, and keep us ever mindful that our common weal
flows from each other’s toil and care. Amen.
Full-lively God, we come to you sorrowing for our weaknesses and
unbelief.
Recollection of what we need to confess.
We have failed to live the new life of Christ.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
When we have laid others in the tomb of our unforgiveness.
Forgive them, Merciful God
And restore us to life-giving.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us God’s peace and forgiveness.
A moment for quiet reflection on our forgiveness.
Jesus comes to us and says, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent
me, so I send you.’
He breathes on us and says; ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’
….Pause to reflect on Christ’s presence and call before we return to
the rest of our lives.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God
Who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Kairos: Moment of truth -Session 2

We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves to fear
By your Spirit, You hold us as your children
God of compassion and all comfort
We rest in your loving-kindness, O God
Hallowed be your name in the Beloved, by the Spirit
As in the beginning so now and forever. Amen.

We ask for God’s eternal-life-giving to be known in our world in this
between-the-moments time, saying: Living God
change the world for good
Bring to life the hope-bearing ideas that lie dormant in this time of
formless void; Living God
change the world for good
In our world’s global community, in our world’s living systems,
strengthen ecological resilience; Living God
change the world for good.
Among those who are alone, intimate your loving presence; Living God
change the world for good.
Other biddings, out-loud or in heart-quiet, may be added here, ending
each
:
Living God
change the world for good
In our needs and weakness in our provision and supply, Living God:
change the world for good.
… holding before God our own needs …
O God, your unstinting providence sustains the world, our societies, our
living: Take care for us, and keep us ever mindful that our common weal
flows from each other’s toil and care. Amen.
Full-lively God, we come to you sorrowing for our weaknesses and
unbelief.
Recollection of what we need to confess.
We have sheltered in the deathly hollows away from the opportune
moments that bring life.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
Where we have held others in unforgiveness, withholding words of life.
Forgive them and us, Merciful God
And restore us to life-giving.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of
God.
A moment for quiet reflection on our forgiveness.
Jesus comes to us and says, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent
me, so I send you.’ He breathes on us and says; ‘Receive the Holy
Spirit
….Pause to reflect on Christ’s presence and call before we return to
the rest of our lives.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God
Who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Flesh: The vulnerable body of Christ -session 3

We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves to fear
By your Spirit, You hold us as your children
God of compassion and all comfort
We rest in your loving-kindness, O God
Hallowed be your name in the Beloved, by the Spirit
As in the beginning so now and forever. Amen.

We ask for God’s eternal-life-giving to be known in our world in this
between-the-moments time, saying: Living God
change the world for good
In your church, waiting indoors in viral fear and for love of neighbour,
grow generous, articulate and timely witness; Living God
change the world for good
Among the infected, the exposed and the vulnerable; call up strength
and healing, support and protection; Living God
change the world for good
Let those who speak for health of planet and people be heard above the
din of commerce and the roar of industry; Living God
change the world for good
Other biddings, out-loud or in heart-quiet, may be added here, ending
each:

Living God
change the world for good
In our needs and weakness in our provision and supply, Living God:
change the world for good.
… holding before God our own needs …
O God, your unstinting providence sustains the world, our societies, our
living: Take care for us, and keep us ever mindful that our common weal
flows from each other’s toil and care. Amen.
God who shared our vulnerability, we are ashamed for our weaknesses
and unbelief.
Recollection of what we need to confess.
We have not well resisted the death-dealing systems of this present age,
and failed to enact ourselves in the life-giving lore of Christ.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
When we have entombed others in unforgiveness, withholding words of
life.
Forgive them, Merciful God
And restore us to life-giving.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of
God.
A moment for quiet reflection on our forgiveness.
Jesus comes to us and says, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent
me, so I send you.’
He breathes on us and says; ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’
….Pause to reflect on Christ’s presence and call before we return to
the rest of our lives.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God
Who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Contagion: Curse or mercy? -Session 4

We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves to fear
By your Spirit, You hold us as your children
God of compassion and all comfort
We rest in your loving-kindness, O God
Hallowed be your name in the Beloved, by the Spirit
As in the beginning so now and forever. Amen.

We ask for God’s eternal-life-giving to be known in our world in this
between-the-moments time, saying: Living God
change the world for good
Where there are people infected, exposed and vulnerable; mobilise
healing, support and protection; Living God
change the world for good
In deliberations of the powerful, amplify compassionate thinking and
wise discernment leading to courageous action; Living God
change the world for good.
Among essential workers, labouring with threat of illness, wrest for them
protection and continued provision; Living God
change the world for good.
For those whose home is not a place of safety, open up refuge and
security, Living God
change the world for good.
Other biddings, out-loud or in heart-quiet, may be added here, ending
each:

Living God
change the world for good
In our need and fearfulness, in our provision and comforting, Living
God:
change the world for good.

… holding before God our own needs …
O God, your unstinting providence sustains the world, our societies, our
living: Take care for us, and keep us ever mindful that our common weal
flows from each other’s toil and care. Amen.


Comapssionate God, we come to you desperate for your mercy.
Recollection of what we need to confess.
We have shied away from living the peace of the risen Christ.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
Where we have enshrouded others and You in our spiritual distancing.
Forgive us, Merciful God
And restore us to life-giving.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of
God.
A moment for quiet reception of our forgiveness.
Jesus comes to us and says, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent
me, so I send you.’ He breathes on us and says; ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’
….Pause to reflect on Christ’s presence and call before we return to
the rest of our lives.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God
Who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Womb” session 5.

We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves to fear
By your Spirit, You hold us as your children
God of compassion and all comfort
We rest in your loving-kindness, O God
Hallowed be your name in the Beloved, by the Spirit
As in the beginning so now and forever. Amen.

We ask for God’s eternal-life-giving to be known in our world in this
between-the-moments time, saying: Living God
change the world for good
As we wait indoors, gestate new life for future response and present
ministry; Living God
change the world for good
For the unemployed and less-employed, break out the means to live
well; Living God
change the world for good.
Where young and old, well and infirm are held together in unfamiliar life
patterns, inspire wisdom, forbearance and joy; Living God
change the world for good
Nurture among us the treasures of confinement, birth business not as
usual but as you shall see it on earth as in heaven; Living God
change the world for good.
Other biddings, out-loud or in heart-quiet, may be added here, ending
each:

Living God
change the world for good
In our vulnerability and dependence, Living God:
change the world for good.
… holding before God our own needs …
O God, your unstinting providence sustains the world, our societies, our
living: Take care for us, and keep us ever mindful that our common weal
flows from each other’s toil and care. Amen.
Full-lively God, we come to you for grace and mercy.
Recollection of what we need to confess.
We have railed against our confinements, so missing what you would
grow in us.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
When we have resisted giving grace, though expecting it for ourselves.
Forgive us, Merciful God
And restore us to life-giving.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of
God.
A moment for quiet reflection on our forgiveness.

Jesus comes to us and says, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent
me, so I send you.’ He breathes on us and says; ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’
….Pause to reflect on Christ’s presence and call before we return to
the rest of our lives.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God
Who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Tomb: awaiting resurrection -Session 6

We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves to fear
By your Spirit, You hold us as your children
God of compassion and all comfort
We rest in your loving-kindness, O God
Hallowed be your name in the Beloved, by the Spirit
As in the beginning so now and forever. Amen.

We ask for God’s eternal-life-giving to be known in our world in this
between-the-moments time, saying: Living God
change the world for good.
When we come forth, unbind us and give us to our neighbours for
business not as usual but as you shall see it on earth as in heaven;
Living God
change the world for good.
Open us to the tears of the wider world, let them bring us to
compassionate service; Living God
change the world for good.
Wisen us to co-create fitting honours for those who have died and to
deepen capacity for collective lament; Living God
change the world for good.
Underline in hearts and minds the connections between this crisis and
the continued dying of the ecosystem; Living God
change the world for good.
Other biddings, out-loud or in heart-quiet, may be added here, ending
each:

Living God
change the world for good
In our seeming insufficiencies, in our finding provision, Living God:
change the world for good.
… holding before God our own needs …
O God, your unstinting providence sustains the world, our societies, our
living: Take care for us, and keep us ever mindful that our common weal
flows from each other’s toil and care. Amen.
Full-lively God, we come to you sorrowing for our weaknesses and
unbelief.
Recollection of what we need to confess.
We have colluded with sin and death, and failed to step out into risen
life.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
Where we have been withholding from others mercy, grace and words
of life.
Forgive us, Merciful God
And restore us to life-giving.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of
God.
A moment for quiet reflection on our forgiveness.
Through our tears and our laughter, our fears and our hope; Living God
change the world for good.

Jesus comes to us and says, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent
me, so I send you.’
He breathes on us and says; ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’
….Pause to reflect on Christ’s presence and call before we return to
the rest of our lives
.
Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God
Who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Emmaus: distance and embrace -Session 7

We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves to fear
By your Spirit, You hold us as your children
God of compassion and all comfort
We rest in your loving-kindness, O God
Hallowed be your name in the Beloved, by the Spirit
As in the beginning so now and forever. Amen.

We ask for God’s eternal-life-giving to be known in our world in this
between-the-moments time, saying: Living God
change the world for good
Foster discernment and provide the means to expose the false stories
that offer legitimacy to destructive practices and habits; Living God
change the world for good
Among all your people, warm the hearts of poets and fire up the zeal of
prophets to win minds and allegiances; Living God
change the world for good
Work healing into our atmosphere, seas and the living systems of the
world; Living God
change the world for good
Raise up solidarity, salve hurting minds and hearts and unseat the forces
arrayed against us; Living God
change the world for good.
Other biddings, out-loud or in heart-quiet, may be added here, ending
each
:
Living God
change the world for good
In our our needs, be our provider, Living God:
change the world for good.
… holding before God our own needs …
O God, your unstinting providence sustains the world, our societies, our
living: Take care for us, and keep us ever mindful that our common weal
flows from each other’s toil and care. Amen.
Full-lively God, we come to you sorrowing for our weaknesses and
unbelief.
Recollection of what we need to confess.
Where we have embraced deathliness, and distanced the new life of the
risen Christ.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
Where we have distanced others by unforgiveness withholding the
embrace of grace.
Forgive us, Merciful God
And restore us to life-giving.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of
God.
A moment for quiet reflection on our forgiveness.

Jesus comes to us and says, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent
me, so I send you.’
He breathes on us and says; ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’
….Pause to reflect on Christ’s presence and call before we return to
the rest of our lives.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God
Who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Exodos

My soul magnifies Your name O Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
You have looked with favour on this lowly servant.
You have remembered your promise of mercy
… Songs and/or words of praise and thanksgiving could be shared here…
Almighty, you have done great things for us
and holy is your name.

Let us catch glimpses of heaven today; inspire us to  sense how your will may be transfused into our world’s life, as we pray now.
… concerns for the good of people and events are brought before God, silently or aloud 
Compassionate God, may your will be done:
on earth as in heaven.

We seek your kingdom and righteousness, give all things needful to us in our seeking
 sharing of needs in silence or aloud…
In our asking for your provision, Generous God, may your will be done:
on earth as in heaven

Just as the Lord has forgiven us, so we also must forgive.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Thanks be to God

 I will listen to what the Lord God will say
for God shall speak peace to his people
to the faithful shall God speak
that they do not turn again to folly
           [from Psalm 85:8].

One of the following scriptures is read

Matthew 11.28-30 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 6.21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Luke 4.12 Jesus answered “It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”

Matthew 10.32-33  “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.

1 Corinthians 10.13 No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

       Time for reflection

The word that goes out from God’s mouth
shall not return empty,
it shall accomplish God’s purpose,
and succeed in what it is sent to do.

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because God has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
God has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.
            [ Luke 4:17-19 and Isaiah 61:1-2 ]

As we seek to walk in the Spirit, let us pause before the likely events and involvements and the unpredictable happenings that face us.

Since we live by the Spirit,
let us keep in step with the Spirit.
           [Gal 5:25 ]
Now to you who by the power at work within us are able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to you be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
           [Eph.3:21]

Return

We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves to fear
We received the Spirit of adoption
Your Spirit, O God, testifies with ours that we are your children:
By your Spirit we cry “Abba! Father”
Your Spirit hovered over the unformed creation, and overshadowed Mary as the Christ was enwombed, and now your Holy Spirit flares up among us assuring that we are your children, intimating at our core your delight in us,
Our God In heaven, father and mother to us:
Hallowed be your name!

In our world’s global community, in our world’s living systems;
Living God:
glorify your name.
In your church as we proclaim your new life in thought and word and deed;
Living God:
glorify your name.
Among all whose lives our lives touch, friends, colleagues and families;
Living God:
glorify your name.
In this world of sin and death, and yet of blessings and common grace;
Living God:
glorify your name.

In our laughter, and tears, in our fear and our hope;
Living God:
Glorify your name.
                                          [rewritten from a prayer in Patterns of Worship, 1995].

        Concerns for the life of the world may be voiced

 We will hear the scriptures together
Come Holy Spirit; fire up our imaginations for good

As we hear the scripture, change our hearts, correct our course and draw us into your counsel.
Ready us for service and steady us in wisdom,
Amen.

 One of the following scriptures is read

1 Corinthians 13.4-5 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

1 Corinthians 13.6-7 [ Love ] does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Matthew 7:1-3 “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?

Matthew 7:1-3 “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?

        Time for reflection

We confess with sorrow that we have collaborated with the fallen powers of this world knowingly or unwittingly deliberately or from fearful weakness. We have held others in the tomb of our unforgiveness. …
We are mortified.
We repent in dust and ashes.
We turn afresh to the way of Christ,
the way of the cross
the way of life-giving wisdom.
Heal us and we shall be healed.
Save us and we shall be saved.

Luke 5:20 When he saw their faith, Jesus said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”

Jesus comes to us and says,
‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’
He breathes on us and says; ‘Receive the Holy Spirit….’

       Pause to reflect on Christ’s risen presence with us and call to us

Let us bless the Lord
Thanks be to God
Who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Manna

You, O God, are the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Sustain us according to your promise
and we shall live.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
You have blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ
to the praise of your glorious grace,
which you have freely given us in the Beloved
And now we give you thanks because in love you adopted us through Jesus Christ: Our God In heaven
Hallowed be your name!

As we dare to intercede for a breaking world, we fear that our human agendas and earth-framed ideas fall short of true wisdom. So we ask, God of all mercies, not for our will but yours to be done.
For the misled and the disregarded
Not human scheming
but your will be done.
For the elites and powerful,
your will be done.
For the exploiters of others,
your will be done.
For the fearful and weak,
your will be done.
For the cynical and world-weary,
your will be done.
For the blindly pious and the users of religion,
your will be done.
For those just doing their jobs,
your will be done.
For the helpless and the hopeless,
your will be done.
For the despairing and crushed in spirit
 your will be done.
and we ask in hope that our prayerful imaginings may grow into God’s, as we consider the forces in our times still arrayed for woe and for ill.
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as in heaven.

We do not live by bread alone
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

       One of the following scriptures is read

 Matthew 6.33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 14.16 Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”

Luke 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written, “One does not live by bread alone.’ ”

Romans 8:32 [God] did not spare his own son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also graciously give us all things?

John 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

        A time of reflection

My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
and in your word have I put my hope.

You supply seed to the sower and bread for food, supply and multiply our seed for sowing and increase the harvest of our righteousness

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
Into what will sustain our life in you, lead us.

       … reflection and requests for daily bread and provision.

We look to you to supply our need.

Be our provider and strength.

We have lived within the horizons of this life alone, failing to take our bearings from eternal Life.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
We have laid others in the tomb of our unforgiveness, withholding the word of life.
Forgive us, Merciful God
And restore us to life-giving.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of God.

Our hearts tell of your Word, O God, “Seek my face”.
Your face, Lord, will we seek (Ps 27)
As we go from this time and place, we go seeking

What is it that we seek?
We seek God’s heart and holiness.
Let’s seek with all our reflecting
Amen. God be our wisdom.
Let’s seek with all our attentiveness
Amen. God be our centre.
Let’s seek with all our valuing
Amen. God be our vision.
Let’s seek with all our efforts
Amen. God be our strength and refuge.

Reign

Seek while the Lord may be found,
call out while God is near;
let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts.

Pause to acknowledge God’s presence.

Nothing in all creation, will be able to separate us from your love, O God, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Blessed are you God
And hallowed and glorified and exalted for ever

Hallowed be your name Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit, +
As in the beginning so now and forever. Amen.

 The word that goes out from God’s mouth shall not return empty, it shall accomplish God’s purpose,
and succeed in what it is sent to do.

           One of the following Scriptures is read

Matthew 5.43-44 “You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Luke 11.42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others.

Luke 17.20b-21“The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, “Look, here it is!’ or “There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you.”

Matthew  28:18-20 Jesus came and said to them,  ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’

      A time of reflection

God’s word is very near to us;
it is in our mouths and in our hearts for us to observe.

Concerned for God’s values to be embodied in our world, we now remember those in hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword.

      We recall before God and one another our concerns…

Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.

 Your kingdom come, your will be done:
Let us live by the word that comes from your mouth
seeking first your kingdom & righteousness, may all things needful be added to us.

      Prayers for needs may be voiced….
You open your hand

and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.

Forgive us that in various ways, big and small, we have grieved the Spirit as we have resisted being transformed into the likeness of Christ Jesus.
Gracious God, glorify your name,
We glory in your forgiveness.
Enfold our forgiving of others in your transfiguration of creation that we may continually participate in the transformation of the world.

Gracious God, glorify your name,
We glory in your forgiveness

Faithful One, be with us in the challenges to our faith and integrity: do not let us fall away from you…
      … we consider the coming hours…
Guide us O God:
by your light to live
  by your grace, forgive
to speak well to all
      to act on your call
in storm find your rest
          in others, seek their best
Your wisdom to know
                Christ’s presence to show
Father, may we be, in this world, the leaven
   And may your will be done on earth
                           as it is in heaven.

Hallow

Hallowed be your name Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit, +
As in the beginning so now and forever. Amen

As we hear the scriptures and reflect on their message, may God’s Lore frame our lives’ ebb and flow. Let us attend!

One of the following passages is read

Luke 1.46-49 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, … for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

Luke 10:21  Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank  you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.”

1 John 3:1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.

Ps 86:15 You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

1 Peter 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you

Time for reflection.

We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves to fear
We received the Spirit of adoption.
Your Spirit testifies with ours that we are your children:
By your Spirit we cry “Abba! Father”
Praise be to you, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of compassion and God of all comfort.
We give thanks to you at all times and for everything
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

      We recognise and celebrate God’s loving greatness…
So with angels and atoms, stars and saints, earth and sky and sea, we hallow your name, joining with the eternal song of heaven
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory,
hosanna in the highest.

Help us and all your church to bear with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,
we pray for all humility and gentleness, with patience.
We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.

    Sharing of concerns before God and one another…

We eagerly anticipate that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We pray for the whole creation, groaning in labour pains until now

Sharing of concerns before God and one another…

We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.

May we know your comfort and provision as we seek your will for life and cosmos: We bow our knees before you, Father, and your Spirit intercedes in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought.

…prayers for God’s provision, the leader ending with
You open your hand

and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

Give us today the resolve to forgive others: as you forgive us …
      …reflection on our own wrong and on forgiving
forgiven and forgiving; Merciful God, may your will be done:
on earth as in heaven.

Strengthen our hearts in holiness that we may be blameless before you, Father God, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

Now to you who by the power at work within us are able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to you be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.