Prayers and Reflections for June 7, 2020
[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]
Call to Worship:
[Adapted from Tim Graves as found at https://liturgybits.wordpress.com/]
In the midst of darkness and chaos...
In the fury and darkness...
God imagined a world filled with trees, and blue skies
and fluffy white clouds.
In the meadow, God stood and…
imagined foxes, bluebirds, and slithering snakes.
In a world of rainstorms and wildlife, and cattle and grasses blowing in the breeze...
God imagined humanity.
God imagined you and God imagined me. We are created in the image of God.
God imagined us all. God loves each of us.
[from Seasons of the Spirit Congregational Life Pentecost 1, 2008, page 19]
You speak, O God, and life comes forth.
Out of the shadows of chaos
your breath stirs order and beauty
which is sustained by your steadfast love.
Speak again, Creator God, and breathe new life
into this community of love
so we may answer your call to serve the world you so love. Amen.
Music for Singing or Listening:
Voices United # 315 Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
Voices United # 229 God of the Sparrow
Voices United # 427 To Show by Touch and Word
[from Gord Waldie as found at https://worshipofferings.blogspot.com/]
Creator and Re-creating God,
you have given us the earth, the air, the water, life itself.
In gratitude and humility we give back from our abundance,
that your life and love and hope
would spread throughout your Creation. Amen.
Ways to give:
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:
[Adapted from Brenda Torrie as found at https://re-worship.blogspot.com/]
In these days of knowing, not knowing, we, like the buds on the trees,
are eager to burst forth into the world. Hold us gently in place, O God,
until we are certain in the ways of loving our neighbour.
Help us to remember, Holy One, that all life is sacred in your eyes:
those whose lives have just begun,
those with lines of life lived etched upon their hands and faces,
those whose immune systems are compromised,
those who are black, indigenous, people of colour.
These are your beloved, whose care we are blessed to bear.
Compassionate One, as you have cared for us, enable us to care for one another.
May we offer kindness to others. May we speak up for justice.
May we make this world a better place,
not just through our words, but also our actions.
May we be beacons of hope and love,
as we care for our neighbours as ourselves. 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.