Prayers and Reflections for June 14, 2020
[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]
Call to Worship:
[Adapted from https://jesusscribbles.wordpress.com/]
God’s people were made for worship:
to sing and to praise, to laugh and to dance.
God’s people were created to experience God’s presence:
in pleasure and praise, in tears and sorrow,
in joy and in song, in all of life.
From our homes and yards, computers and screens:
we worship and praise God together.
[Adapted from Rev. Nancy J as found at http://ruminari.wordpress.com/]
Move us, Joyful God,
take our hands and lead us in your dance of creation.
When we are uncertain,
guard our hearts with your peace.
When our steps falter,
surround us with the strength of your Spirit.
Guide us, Dancing God,
until we are move and sing with the joy of your grace. Amen.
Music for Singing or Listening:
Voices United # 313 God, Whose Almighty Word
Voices United # 570 Jesus' Hands Were Kind Hands
Voices United # 326 O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
[Adapted from Gill Le Fevre as found at https://re-worship.blogspot.com/]
Gracious God, who made us who we are, we offer all of ourselves to you.
Take our talents, our energy and our joy, and use us to share your love.
Take our mistakes, our regrets and our pain, and use us
to bring your healing. Magnify the gifts we offer before you today,
to spread your peace in the world. Amen.
Ways to give:
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:
[from Martha Spong as found at https://marthaspong.com/]
Holy One, sometimes we wonder, are you listening?
We come to you with our ordinary prayers, the ones you probably expect.
We have prayed for the same things for a long time.
We pray about our jobs, our children, our friends, and our parents.
We pray for healing and peace and change and relief.
We raise our joy and our bitterness, our hopes and our despair.
We demand justice, or maybe we shyly ask to better understand
what it might mean. We pour it all out to you. Are you listening, O God?
Sometimes we see a glimmer, get a hint, feel the nudge,
a moment of something that assures us, yes.
Yet so much that we pray for does not come to be. So much has not come to pass. Are you listening, O God? O God, you are listening.
Give us the nudge, we pray, that rouses us from a comfortable slumber,
that propels us out of the seat, that equips us for the work you call us to do —
the work that brings hope where there is despair,
the work that offers joy to sweeten bitterness,
the work that brings the justice we seek.
Are you listening, O God? O God, you are listening.
We will call on you as long as we live. In Christ's name. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer:
Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas
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.