May 17 Worship at Home

Prayers and Reflections for May 17, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

[Adapted from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life L/E/P 2008, page 125]

When the way is difficult, and the path is lonely, Jesus says:
     I am with you.
When the journey is smooth, and the travelling easy, Jesus says:
     I am with you.
When the horizon is far, and the call is clear, Jesus says:
     I am with you.
When the place is here and the time now, Jesus says:
     I am with you.

Opening Prayer:

Adapted from  Gord Waldie as found at http://worshipofferings.blogspot.com]

Peace-giving God, you promise that you will not leave us alone.

As we pause for worship this week, fill us, we pray, with your presence.

As we live through this time of turmoil and anxiety,

remind us that we are not alone;

refresh our souls with the peace that passes understanding,

and help us love each other as we have been loved. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 264 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Voices United # 333 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Voices United # 374 Spirit of the Living God

Voices United # 619 Healer of Our Every Ill

Scripture Reading:

John 14:15-21

Video Reflection:

Mirror, Mirror

Offering Prayer:

[Adapted from www.ministrymatters.com]

Giver of all gifts, we are grateful for your every blessing
and for your presence through all of life —
in our joys and fears, and in our hopes and dreads.
May you be revealed in the gifts we give
and through the lives we live. Amen

Ways to give: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Mail      PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance)

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:  

[Adapted from http://presbyterian.ca/worship/]

Compassionate God, we pray for vulnerable people all over this world,
who live in places of terror and violence, fear and oppression.
Protect them, God; we feel so powerless ourselves to help them.
Encourage and empower us to work
for peace and freedom from fear in our own contexts.

God of grace, we pray for those whose lives have been turned upside down
by various disasters: floods, fire and drought-driven famine.
Bring courage and hope to them;
through their pain, may they remain connected to you in prayer. 

God of community, we pray for our own community of faith;
may we be a source of hope for our neighbourhood.
Help us to discern needs and work to fulfill them. Strengthen and unify us
and show us how we can be the disciples you envision us to be. 

Return the sick to health and well-being
and relieve the suffering of those who have lost loved ones,
are unable to find meaningful employment
and fear the challenges of old age. 

Be with us, Holy Advocate, and with those for whom we pray. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas

Closing

While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.

Amen.


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