July 12 Worship from Home

Prayers and Reflections for July 12, 2020

[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]

Call to Worship:

[from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Pentecost 1, 2011, page 41]

We bring our hopes and fears, our struggles and our lives as they are,
into the presence of the One who leaves doors and futures
open to gracious possibilities.
     God’s word lights the path before us.
May this time of worship empower us to make faithful choices.
     God’s word lights the path before us.
May this time of worship renew and restore our relationships
with God and each other.
     God’s word lights the path before us.

Opening Prayer:

[from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Pentecost 1, 2011, page 41]

To come into Holy Presence is not to come without questions
about why some things are as they are.
     So come to us in our wonderings, God of Rebekah,
     and companion us.
To come into Holy Presence is not to come free of conflict
within our lives and relationships.
     So come to us in our tensions, God of Esau and Jacob,
     and untangle us. Amen.

Music for Singing or Listening:

Voices United # 265 Creating God, Your Fingers Trace 

Voices United # 556 Would You Bless Our Homes and Families

Voices United # 421 Lead On, O Cloud of Presence

Scripture Reading:

Genesis 25:19-34

Video Reflection:

Changing Fate

Offering Prayer:

[from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Pentecost 1, 2014, page 76]

Gracious God, may we recognize all the gifts we’ve been given.
May the gifts we freely offer be without expectation
for anything in return.
May you bless the work of these gifts this day
and in the days ahead. Amen.

Ways to give:

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Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:

[Adapted from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Pentecost 1, 2011, page 43-44]
God of each, God of all: we pray for our families,
those with whom we are drawn together by birth, marriage, adoption, or choice.
     May they receive care and love from you
     and from us as well.
We pray for our friends and neighbours, those with whom we are drawn together
by common places of work or learning, by common aspirations and values.
     Strengthen the ties between us, and may we find in these relationships
     the freedom and companionship and community
     that nurture us and the world around us.
We pray for our communities, those with whom we are drawn together
by the places we live, work, and the circles we move in.
     Fashion these bonds so to insure the relationships and ideals we claim
     are paid more than lip-service, so that who we are and have been
     never closes us to who we may yet become.
We pray for the St. Andrew’s community of faith,
and for all who seek to follow you, O God.
     May we thrive in ministry and service to your world.
     May we deepen in spirituality, and grow closer to one another and you.
We pray for all of humanity, who are formed in your image,
with whom we are drawn together in one family.
     Free us to recognize the stranger as no stranger, but siblings;
     and to see the joy and need of any as the cause
     of our rejoicing and compassion. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer:

Words only, Voices United # 921

Sung Version, Voices United # 960 The Lord's Prayer (Langdon)

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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