The Season of Holy Revenance

Kingdomtide in Climate Emergency

This season is during November, before Advent. It incorporates All Saints, All Souls and Remembrance and on 30th is the Day of Remembrance for Lost Species1. So, the themes for this season are remembrance of losses, lament, and recognition of mortality. It also recognises the natural theme of growing darkness and lengthening nights (in the northern hemisphere). Officially this season before Advent is Kingdom Season. The title “The Season of Holy Revenance is taken from a book of Poems by Cynthia Hogue 2. For some context on how the idea of daily prayer in climate emergency is worked through, read this.

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All flesh is grass, enduring as a flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades.
But the Word of our God stands for ever.3

Pause to appreciate God’s presence.

Your word O Lord, is a lamp to our feet
and a light to our path.

Lights /candles may be lit

Sustain us according to your promise
and we shall live.

Psalms and readings 

Comfort our hearts and strengthen them
in every good work and word

Reflection individually or together. 

Then a Canticle (as follows) may be used or a hymn.

Every good deed
Every perfect gift
Is from Above,
Coming from the Creator of lights
Who does not change
Like their shifting shadows.
God chose to birth us
Through the truthful Word
So that we would be
As firstfruits
Of all God created. 4

O Lord, open our lips
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessèd are you, God of all consolation, you love us and in grace you give us eternal comfort and good hope 5, you give seedtime and harvest and nourish life in the midst of decay; with you is the well of life,
In your light we see light.

Praise and thanksgiving, silent or aloud.

God in heaven; you are as a father and a mother 6 to us,
Hallowed be your name

The nights lengthen, trees leave themselves bare and plants retreat in on themselves. We remember summer, and warmth. We recall whom we miss and remember what is no more. And we pray for life in death, light in darkness and hope in despair.

We grieve for fraying the web of life we love. 
We rail at the losses we contemplate.
We long for words of comfort,
yet find them hard to hear.

We bring our concerns for creation, or for the needs of the earth, people or events to God, silently or aloud. Consider pausing after each of the following response to consider and pray from whatever the petition brings to heart and mind.

We pray for life in death, light in darkness and hope in despair. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth

Creation groans: we feel the marring and lament the harms. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth

The cries of the needy and dispossessed call out for justice. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth

Strongholds against truth and compassion vaunt themselves. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth

We cast our cares upon you, generous and faithful God. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth 

As we seek to walk in Light, you promise to supply our need

…sharing of needs, silently or aloud …

Seeking first your righteousness,
All things needful are shared.

The darkness of night is dissolving as the Dawn’s light draws near. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness.

We pause to recognise what of our life needs to change in the light of God’s Reign

When the shadows we have cast have hidden the light for others,
Father forgive.
Bring us life again

We reflect on what we may need to forgive

We forgive the shadows others have cast on our lives.
Father forgive.
Bring us life again


We cry to the Lord in our trouble:
deliver us from our distress
Bring us out of darkness:
from out of the shadow of death 7

We reflect on the coming day:

In all that today may bring; the anticipated and the surprising, the pleasant and the testing;
Go before us, alert us to the real issues,
strengthen us for Good,
awaken us if we sleepwalk into sin,
show us the way out of the darkness:
fill us with love, hope and peace as we cling fast to you.
Amen.

In your tender compassion, O God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace
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1 https://www.lostspeciesday.org/

2 This word can be found in Cynthia Hogue’s book of poems. It resembles “revenant”, the French word for ghost (literally, “returning”), and ‘reverie’ -a state of dreaming (in this case for a better future) and it also conjures the word ‘reverence’.  See  https://poets.org/book/revenance

3 Isaiah 40:6b-8

4 Adapted from James 1:17-18

5 2 Thessalonians 2:16

6 See Isaiah 42:14; 49:15; 66:13; Hosea 11:3f; Psalm 131:2

7 Psalm 107:13-14

Season of Creation in Climate Emergency

The Season of Creation starts on 1 September and goes through to 4 October. It is a time to pray for the sustaining of creation, the protection of vulnerable ecosystems and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles. It is a time to appreciate afresh the beauty and wonder of what God has made.

Let us pray that God’s loving presence may flare up in our hearts and transform us by the knowledge of divine glory.

A light may be lit and set in a bowl of soil as the following prayer is said by all:

We take refuge in God’s earthing in flesh;
immersion in death;
rising to Life.
We take root in the Love of God;
the Good News of Christ;
the prayers of the faithful.

Psalm[s] and reading[s]. Quiet and/or shared reflection. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer could be used. A collect may be said.

From the creation of the world, God’s eternal power and nature, though invisible, have been perceived and grasped through the things God has made. [a]

You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honour and power,
for you made all things,
by your will everything persists
and was created
[e]

The heavens tell out God’s glory;
and the skies proclaim God’s handiwork.
Day streams data to day,
and night declares knowledge to night.
This is not speech; there are no words;
their voices are not heard;
and yet their forthtelling propagates through the whole earth,
and their words to the world’s end.[i]

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.

Creator God, breathe your Spirit through never spent nature[o] and make flourish the the deep down viridity[u] of the world.
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.

Sustainer of all, in the searing of uncaring trade and the smearing of human toil[o] let there grow renewal, justice and peace.
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.

Loving and out-reaching God, as you touch and woo every heart, let there grow a reverence for all you have made and freedom to respond to your grace.
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.

prayers or biddings may be added here, further suggestions here. You might, on occasion, wish to plant a seed in the soil for each petition or add a few drops of water to seeds already planted. When you’re ready, the leader ends with:
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.
May we know your comfort and provision as we seek your will for life and cosmos
…requests for God’s provision may be added here the leader ending with
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of the earth.

We are debtors to the ecosystem you have grown for our nurture.
We have trespassed on the resources you provide for others.

Like carbon to the atmosphere:
We have added to the world’s woes
Like nutrients from the soil;
We have taken without restoring.
Like heat to the oceans
We have sown destruction

If there is a bowl of soil, perhaps at this point you might trace with a muddied finger a cross on the palm of a hand and pause to reflect

We open our hands to forgive:
we are debtors to mercy and heirs of grace.
Thank you for bearing our dys-grace.
We are forgiven in your determination to bless.

Lead us into gracious and merciful living;
generous and respectful in all you have made.
As we contemplate your creation, O God,
we see wildness and order,
chance and necessity,
Freedom and limits.
Grant us to use lovingly our freedoms
to be wise in living the order of things
And wary of our vulnerability to misleadings.
For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory.
Now and forever, amen

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Footnotes

[a]Romans 1:20
[e] Revelation 4:11
[i] Responses based on Psalm 19:1-4
[o] Phrase from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem God’s Grandeur.
[u]
Viridity is a term from Hildegaard of Bingen, a medieval mystic, writer and artist who led a convent. It comes from the Latin for ‘greenness’ and so captures nature’s sign of health and growth.

Eastertide in Climate Emergency

Eastertide lasts until the celebration of Christ’s Ascension, ten days before Pentecost.The prayers below reflect Christ’s rising from death and its implications and incorporate references to creation and alludes to the environmental crises. This form is a beta testing version.

Alleluia, Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Our hopes are raised
Life emerges from death
Right is wrested from wrong
The uprising of Love has begun!

Draw alongside us, Lord Jesus,
Open up the scriptures to us by your Spirit,
so our hearts might be lit with fresh understanding
and fired up by your presence.
Psalm[s] and reading[s]. The reader or service leader, after the readings may say:
Here ends the reading.
Here begins its outworking.
There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.

Jesus said: ‘Do not doubt but trust.’ With Thomas we respond,
‘My Lord and my God!’
Let us hear for ourselves what Jesus replied,
‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to trust.’

We have these words so that we may come to believe and trust:
Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,
we have life in his name. based on John 20:19ff

We set God always before us:
who is at our right hand; we shall not fall.
Our hearts are glad
and our spirits rejoice;
Our flesh shall also rest secure
You will show us the path of life;
in your presence is the fullness of joy
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore From Psalm 16
… Further appreciation of God may be voiced
O God, you roll away the stone from our hearts, and brighten our imaginations with the dayspring of new life. In Christ you spoke Life into death’s unmaking, and infuse us with your Springtime.
God of new creation:
Hallowed be your name

In this world marred by sin and death, and yet marked by blessings and common grace…
Living God:
glorify your name.
In our world’s fractured global community, in our world’s distressed ecologies
Living God:
glorify your name.
In your church called to proclaim your new life in thought and word and deed
Living God:
glorify your name.
Among those whose lives our lives touch; friends, colleagues and families
Living God:
glorify your name.

We ask for God’s eternal-life-giving to be known in our world, saying,
Living God:
glorify your name
Particular concerns for the world and its people are brought before God, you could use the one-line petitions above*, using each one-liner to prompt further prayers. There are suggestions for climate and environment related prayers here and here.

In our needs and weakness in our provision and supply…
We consider what we need to continue living in Christ
The risen Jesus makes common table with us.
As we make common cause with Christ:
Give us each day our daily bread.
Living God:
glorify your name.

Full-lively God, we come to you in sorrow for our sins, and confess to you our weaknesses and unbelief.
Recollection of what we need to confess.
We have fallen back into the systems of sin and death, failing to live the metabolism of the risen Christ.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
We have entombed others in unforgiveness,
enshrouding them in contempt, withholding 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.
Who will rescue us from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

As we seek to forge a new future living the life of Christ let us pause before the likely events and involvements and the unpredictable happenings that face us.

collect prayer may be said.
In our laughter, and tears, in our fear and our hope;
Living God:
Glorify your name.

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

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Notes

*Prayers rewritten from an intercessions prayer in Patterns of Worship, 1995

Lent in Climate Emergency

This prayer for Lent in climate emergency is evolving -if you visit more than once during Lent 2022, you may see changes. You’re welcome to suggest further changes or ideas in the comments section at the bottom. I encourage you to pray it before commenting, though. The form for Friday daily prayer in climate emergency could also be used during Lent.

During Lent you might like to keep a small dish of dust or ash near where you normally pray as a reminder of the season and a visual reminder in some of the prayers. Perhaps you might mark a cross with it on your hand or hold it in your hand as you start to pray the first words of this office.

just a suggestion !

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We remember we are dust
And to dust we shall return.
Of stardust we are formed
Of God we are breathed to Life.

     Pause to take a deep breath or two …

In the wastes we’ve been making
We discover false stories
In the climate we’re creating
We recognise our complicity
We seek your wisdom, O God
In scripture and reflection.
Teach us your ways
Form us in truth.

Reading(s) and reflection

Jesus calls us to follow him.

….pause for reflection

Lord, we believe,
help us in our unbelief.

A collect may be used.

Our God in heaven, father and mother to us;
Hallowed be your name.
We will give you thanks:
You are our help and our God.
You seek us out in the darkness of our sin, and exchange beauty of reconciliation for the ashes of our rebellion.

                                     …other appreciations of God may be added.

You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger;
Abounding in steadfast faithful love.

In a world of precarity and danger, we cry out for  marginalised people and vulnerable biomes – that they may find respite, security and dignity
….
God fulfil your purpose for us:
Send from heaven and save us.

In a world replete with prideful and greedy powers, determining the lives of people and planet -bring them to judgement, call them to the common good and draw them into creation care.
God fulfil your purpose for us:
Send from heaven and save us.

In our deserts of dried-up dreams and decaying stories, nurture and equip those who hunger and thirst for right to prevail. …
God fulfil your purpose for us:
Send from heaven and save us.

In a fragile and pressured world we lay out before you, God, the needs and concerns known to us.

                        Further prayers may be voiced here. This prayer guide is commended and you may find these topics useful to consider further.

God fulfil your purpose for us:
Send from heaven and save us.

In a world where there is bread enough for all, we recall those who do not have, and pray for the will and means of supply, globally and locally.
God fulfil your purpose for us:
Send from heaven and save us.

Seeking first your kingdom & righteousness may all things needful be added to us.

                           We hold before God our own needs ….

You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

Give us this day the courage and insight to forgive others as you forgive us our trespasses …

Like carbon to the atmosphere:
We have added to the world’s woes
Like nutrients from the soil;
We have taken without restoring.
Like heat to the oceans
We have sown destruction

Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
                       A moment of silence for reception of God’s mercy and grace …
in our forgiving and being forgiven, God, fulfil your purpose for us:
Send from heaven and save us.

As we live the coming hours, what in the world do we seek?
We seek God’s way among the ashes.
Let’s seek with all our deciding
Amen. God be our wisdom.
Let’s seek with all our affections
Amen. God be our centre
Let’s seek with all our attitudes
Amen. God be our vision.
Let’s seek with all our resources
Amen. God be our mainstay.
Tested and tempted in the desert, scripture revealed, as the Spirit steered, Jesus’ resistance and direction;
Let us go in the mind of Christ
Led in the way everlasting.

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Other climate emergency attentive prayers can be found here, an explainer for them is also there -a few paragraphs down.

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.

Presentation of Christ aka Candlemas

On 2 February, we celebrate the Presentation (of Christ at the Temple) aka Candlemas. This recalls when Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus at 40 days to be dedicated at the temple as told in Luke’s gospel. You might like to use the form of prayer for a few days or up to the start of Lent. Some people think of Candlemas as a kind of pivot-point: looking back to Christmas and forward to Holy Week and Easter.

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We bring ourselves here and present ourselves to God:
the Lord whom we seek comes to his temple.
The true light that lightens all has come into the world,
In your light may we see light,
leading us from delusion to truth, and into your righteous way.

Lead us, Source of all Being, Father and Mother to us:
From darkness to light and into your gracious will.
Lead us, Christ, our Friend and our Brother;
From death to eternal life and into your infinite joy;
Lead us, Divine Spirit, empowering Life within
for we seek your enabling touch.

Based on a prayer from the Church of South India

As we hear the scriptures read, let us be transformed by the renewing of our minds, to discern the will of God -what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Rom 12:2

Psalm[s] and reading[s]. At the end of the reading[s]:

As we reflect
Holy Spirit, rest upon us.

There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used. 

Nourished in what is revealed by the Holy Spirit
May we grow and became strong in faith,
filled with wisdom;
And with the favour of God upon us

Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
A light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.

                                      English translation of the Nunc Dimittis, Luke 2:29-32, ELLC license

Glory to God in the highest:
and on earth -peace and goodwill.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
…expressions of of praise and thanks …
Our God in heaven, father and mother to us, Light of the nations, Fulfilment of the desires of the ages.
Hallowed be your name

In a world needing revelation to lighten our darkness,
faithful God,
glorify your name.
Among those who await consolation and redemption,
faithful God,
glorify your name.
In the search for meaning and fullness of life,
faithful God,
glorify your name.
Among those who bring good to workers, widows, and among those who show mercy to migrants.
faithful God,
glorify your name.
…other petitions may be made, each ending with
faithful God,
glorify your name.

The company of those who seek your face, O God, shall receive a blessing from you. [Cf Ps.24]
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
Into what will sustain our life in you, lead us.
Pause to recognise our needs
As you provide for us, sustain us and equip us to serve you,
faithful God,
glorify your name.

When the shadows we have cast have hidden the light for others,
Father forgive.
We offer the light of forgiveness for the shadows others have cast on our lives.
Father forgive.
You are the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Your word is a lantern to our feet
and a light upon our paths.

Though we walk in the midst of trouble, O God;
you will preserve us.
You will stretch forth your hand against the fury of our enemies;
your right hand will save us.
Make good your purpose for us;
your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever
forsake not the work of your hands.
Make good your purpose for us.
[Ps.138:6-8]
Master, now you dismiss your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation.

Thy Kingdom Come

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is a global prayer movement inviting Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.  It started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England and has grown global from that beginning. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come (21-31 May 2020). This is an adapted version of the Lord’s Prayer offices to support ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. As with the other Offices in this collection, this one starts with prayers to support reflection on scripture, followed by a pattern of prayers taking the Lord’s Prayer structure, using words suitable for blending in the main intentions of Thy Kingdom Come. There is a shorter version which may be suitable for middle-of-the-day use.

Bold-type words are to be said together in group situations. Italics mostly indicate ideas for activity at that point and generally are not said aloud. Three dots … suggest a possible pause.

Together with all in Christ, we wait
Come Holy Spirit; soak into our deepest being …
We pray 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…
pause to gather thoughts …
Brood over us as we hear the scriptures.
Change our hearts, correct our course and draw us into your counsel.
Ready us for service and steady us in wisdom,
Spirit away the dullness of our hearts. Amen.

Psalm[s] and reading[s] are announced and read. 

There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.

When it is time to resume the service…
Together we say:
We will receive power
when the Holy Spirit comes upon us;
And we will be Jesus’ witnesses
to the ends of the earth.

                                              [Acts 1.8]

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
        …Prayers and/or songs of praise and thanks may be shared aloud here…
And now we give you thanks because in Christ you embed us in your mission, and you equip us by the Holy Spirit, in love you adopted us through Jesus Christ: Our God In heaven
Hallowed be your name!

God, send your Spirit: mend your creation, fulfil your promises and inspire your people for good.
       … prayers or biddings relating to this may be added here the leader ending with:
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

Bring us alongside those whom you are drawing into Life; give us hearts to listen and minds to discern so that we may have well-chosen  good news to share.
… prayers or biddings relating to this may be added here the leader ending with:
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

We are encouraged to pray for 5 friends, neighbours and family members in #ThyKingdomCome 2021. To help you to do that there’s a form of prayer based on the Lord’s prayer flow here. You could use it at this point in this office-prayer.

Work righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. Among the infected, the exposed and the vulnerable; ​call up strength and healing, support and protection
        … prayers or biddings relating to this may be added here the leader ending with:
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

In our world’s global community, in our world’s living systems, strengthen ecological resilience. Let those who speak for health of planet and people be heard above the din of commerce and the roar of industry
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

Be the wind in the sails of our lives and as we are blown forward by your Spirit may we know your comfort and provision
        …prayers or biddings asking for God’s provision may be added here the leader ending with
Equip us to work with you,
enthuse us to hold our course true.
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of our lives.

We recognise that we quenched your Spirit and resisted sharing your good news
… No more: rather forgiveness abound; your Kingdom come.
We find again that we withhold forgiveness from others.
… No more. rather forgiveness abound: your Kingdom come.

Breathe upon us the breath of life:
And renew the face of our lives.
Make our hearts clean, O God
And re-form a right spirit within us.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of God.
A moment to take a deeper breath, reflecting on our forgiveness.

Intending to walk in the Spirit, we go out into God’s world, where God invites us into the ongoing work of creation and redemption, let us pray not to miss our path.
       Pause to consider the hours ahead of us

Who is it that we seek?
We seek God: Sender, Sent and Sending.
Let’s seek God in neighbour and in foe
Amen. God open our hearts.
Let’s seek God in the routines and the happenstance
Amen. God be our vision.
Let’s seek God in our trials and tribulations
Amen. God be our wisdom.
Since we live by the Spirit,
let us keep in step with the Spirit.
[Gal 5:25 ]

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