At 8pm this evening, Sunday 18th September, on the eve of the Queen’s funeral we are asked to stop, pause, reflect and observe a minutes silence, for HM The Queen
After your minutes silence please pray
Lord God We give you thanks for your love Revealed in Jesus Christ We thank you that that love Is greater than we can ever imagine And stronger than death itself And so we know that we can trust you With our loved ones and with ourselves. At this time of national mourning We give thanks for our late Queen, Your servant Elizabeth And for the gifts which you gave to her And the ways in which you sustained her Throughout her long life and reign.
We bless you For her dedication to duty and diplomacy For her commitment to country and commonwealth For her faithfulness and loyalty to your ways of love and peace. We give you thanks for the respect and affection In which she was held By people of different nations and generations.
We remember her family, at this time, our Royal family As they mourn a mother, grandmother, great grandmother and family member. May they find privacy to grieve for her, Solace as a public demonstrate their sadness and respect And the peace that you alone can give. We pray for those upon whose shoulders New responsibilities now fall. And particularly for your servant Charles, As he succeeds to the throne Grant him wisdom, strength and courage That he may rule wisely and well With the support of government and people. We ask this in the name and for the sake Of Jesus Christ whose reign knows no limits And whose kingdom of love knows no end. Amen
Loved by God, inspired by Jesus and guided by the Holy Spirit, let us gather to worship to pray to listen and to respond.
Come, let us worship God.
Prayer of adoration and confession (from Spill the Beans Issue 9)
A “sacrifice of praise” is the way: praise that is pricey, not easy words ritually rhyming love to You, but costly honouring of Your being at the heart of our living; no mere words on lips, but convictions in our hearts that without You we would not be.
And so, as if offering our hearts on an altar of sacrifice, the flame of fired-up faith lifting the fragrance of our love for You to You, we say from the deepest depths of our very being, praise be to You.
Forgive us for thinking of ourselves far higher than we should! Forgive us for thinking of ourselves far lower than we ought! Lord, forgive us both ways!
Save us from the sin of pride and the offence of false modesty. Save us from being our own best defenders and our own worst critics.
Let us be glad simply to be at the banquet: gathered by You in grace, ready to be put in our place, not for our merit but despite our demerit, not for our status but despite our sin.
Forgive us both ways! Put us in our place! Only then can we face our worldly posture with heavenly poise. Amen
Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.
2 Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever. 4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. 5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.
6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. 7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. 9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn[c] will be lifted high in honor.
10 The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
Prayer of thanksgiving
Lord God, You are a God of hospitality who invites us all to a banquet where the last may be first, and where the humble and the powerful switch seats.
In gratitude, may we share Your abundance without counting the cost. In thankfulness, may we host strangers as angels You have sent!
May Your spirit rest upon us so that we may find a place at Your table and welcome others with radical hospitality.
In the name of Jesus, a guest at all our tables, we pray. Amen
Prayer of intercession (from Spill the Beans issue 9)
Loving God, we pray for a world where too often the loudest people presume to be heard: where money and power turns up the volume, and gentle wisdom is drowned out; where greed is too often the creed, and noise masks folly.
Loving God, we pray for a world where small voices remain unheard: where poverty and powerlessness mutes their sound, and harsh folly prevails; where need is a mantra-like refrain, and compassion a compromised chorus.
Loving God, bless them all: the loud and the silent, the powerful and the powerless, but bless them differently!
Bless the loud and proud with humility; bless the quiet and crushed with esteem; bless the powerful with silence; bless the powerless with sound. Amen
May we go to be the hands, feet, heart and mouth of Christ. May we offer our time and treasure to those who need it without stopping to count the cost. May we ceaselessly seek justice and pursue it. And may the blessing of God Almighty, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer be with us all, this day and always. Amen
Good day everyone. There is no online prayer meeting tonight due to holidays. However, prepared below are prayers, readings, songs and some thoughts, to help guide you through a time of prayer. We ask you to draw together in your homes at 7.30pm and begin the prayer service, thus joining our combined prayers towards God.
If you can’t manage at 7.30pm then anytime suits. Prayer is always heard.
We gather here to worship God With ears ready to listen With hearts and minds open to receive All: With voices ready to sing praise
God knows us God guides us God raises us up All: God is with us now
We gather together to worship God We come to God who inclines an ear to us We come to God who gives us words to speak All: We come to God in reverence and awe
God gives us life God sets us free God speaks a better word All: We gather to worship God
Thanksgiving for God’s Goodness
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits— who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
You can’t be half-hearted about this passage. It is generous and life-giving and seems to amplify the energy of the other passages.
The first part of the Psalm seems to be the words of an individual, while the second part feels more communal – “all who are oppressed”, “the people of Israel”, etc. Youth is renewed (v5), which contrasts with a common view that people need to hurry up and mature. We have misappropriated the idea of youth – we yearn for the physical aspects of youth as we get older, but young people are desperate to be adult.
What part of youth is being renewed? Is it the energy and excitement of new faith? What aspects of the eagle relate to or represent youth? Flying, freedom, an aerial view – you have a different perspective when you’re younger.
Prayer for Lifelong Protection and Help
In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me. Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel. For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.
LET US PRAY
In you alone we put our hope, God the Father, Creator and Sustainer, who gives all good things seen and unseen. In you alone we put our hope, God the Son, Saviour and Redeemer, who died for our sins and rose again. In you alone we put our hope, God the Spirit, Teacher and Comforter, who moves us to sing “Our God reigns!” In you alone we put our hope. AMEN
Sunrise, Sunset, Sin
My soul praises you, Lord. You are to us whom you were to Moses–compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love. Your love is so generous it seems to stretch from my back porch to the full moon. If we stand on one side of the globe, you exile our failures to the opposite side. They can no more catch us th an the sunrise can catch the sunset. My soul praises you Lord. AMEN
We continue in prayer
O Lord, you have indeed carried me on your wings. By your mercy, you have delivered me from sin and death. You have set me free from their bondage. Once I was a slave, but now I am free to be your servant. Thank you, Lord. Even as I seek to live faithfully as a child of the new covenant, help me to live each day by grace. May I continue to ride on your wings as you guide and empower me to serve you in every aspect of my life. All praise be to you, gracious Lord, because you carry me on your wings. Alleluia! Amen.
Prayer of Intercession
God, You are a God of compassion and love. Time after time we have experienced your care and provision. Time after time You’ve answered our prayers and met our needs— often in ways we could never have dreamed possible. We praise You for Your faithful love toward us. Because we have known Your love, we come to You with confidence, offering our prayers for the world that You love.
We see so much pain and suffering; so much anger and frustration and despair. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the needs around us. But we continue to bring our prayers to You in faith, because we know that nothing is impossible for You. You are the God who rained down bread from heaven, and made water flow from a rock in the desert; the God who resurrected Jesus Christ from the dead, and who brings new life and hope to all who believe. For You, all things are possible.
Hear our prayers.
We pray for those suffering the effects of recent natural disasters…. (insert your own private petitions here)
Because nothing is impossible for You, O God, hear our prayer, and in Your love, answer.
We pray for the regions of our world caught up in violence and threats of violence: Because nothing is impossible for You, O God, hear our prayer, and in Your love, answer.
We pray for those who live with serious illness,
those with chronic pain,
those without access to proper medical care,
those for whom treatment is no longer an option.
Because nothing is impossible for You, O God,
hear our prayer, and in Your love, answer.
Merciful God, You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to show us a different way to live— the way of deep humility and obedience. You’ve called us to love one another, and to work together with one heart and mind, balancing our needs with the needs of those around us.
Give us courage to follow faithfully, and with integrity— with actions that bear witness to the words we speak, and worship that overflows into our daily tasks and relationships— so that our lives will bring glory and honour to You, our Redeemer and Lord. Amen.
Send us out Loving God – our hope and trust from our youth – that we would not shame, but recognise the dignity of all Your children, that we would incline our ear and listen for Your call, that our actions may be just and compassionate. May our lives be lived in continual praise of You. Amen
God of creation, You brought life to all that we see. You set the boundaries of the universe and placed us within its care. Creator God, breathe life into Your creation
Holy Spirit, You bind Your children together in community. Your bonds transcend borders created by humankind. You kindle the fire within us that stirs our passion for faith, justice, and reconciliation. Spirit God, inspire us to reconcile
Jesus the Christ, You came to teach and to lead. You showed us the cost of discipleship when You stood up against the powers of the world, and they tried to suppress Your truth by sentencing You to death. Your life was more powerful than death and Your truth lives on in us. Jesus the Christ, help us reflect Your light of truth and peace
People of God, We are called to know our place in the great cloud of witnesses. We are called to run with perseverance the race that is set before us. We are called to worship as those who put their trust in Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Let us pray
Gracious God, We know You to be generous and full of compassion but in our anxiety we have stumbled and lost our way. Called to be a voice for the voiceless we have been silent. Challenged to fight for justice we have turned away. Co-opted to the work of breaking down barriers we have been quick to judge and slow to welcome.
Forgive all the moments when we have neglected to seek out Your will and to follow it.
Grant us the courage to be Your faithful people that Your compassion may flow through us to heal a broken world. Amen
1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth 2 before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!
8 You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it. 9 You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land. 10 The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches; 11 it sent out its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the River. 12 Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit? 13 The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.
14 Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine, 15 the stock that your right hand planted. 16 They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance. 17 But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself. 18 Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.
19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Assurance of forgiveness
God would have us be honest in all things. To cry out when we are in pain to seek guidance when we are lost and to trust in God’s strength when we are afraid.
Give thanks that we are reconciled to God and free to be the people that God would have us be. Amen
Prayers of intercession
God of the ages, You have walked with Your people from the moment that first we walked on the earth. You heard our cry when we were oppressed, gave us strength and courage when doubt and despair threatened.
The earth has been divided and brought to destruction by human fear, greed and the lust for power. We, Your people, turn to You, knowing that only in You can we flourish and grow.
Where division has given rise to distrust, build bridges of understanding. Where greed pollutes and threatens life, open hearts to share and build in partnership.
God of the present moment, Your love does not stop at borders. Your grace is given freely to those who are willing to hear and to trust.
The people of Korea have lived too long divided and fearful for the future. Grant them the courage to believe that their cry has been heard. Where nuclear weapons have been used to threaten and keep apart, turn swords into ploughshares that people North and South may be fed and prosper.
God of all that is to be, with people across the world we pray for the end of war and the dawn of a new age.
Let all that threatens the earth with destruction be banished for ever. Let the voice of those opposed to nuclear threat grow in confidence and strength.
We will work together with partners across the world until division is overcome and hostility ended. We will walk together with You, our God, into a future where the whole created order lives in harmony.
God of the ages, God of the present, God of all that is to be, alone we may stumble but together we pray Your kingdom come. Amen
Lord God, Fill our minds with Your wisdom Fill our hearts with Your love And guide our words and actions that we might become the living presence of Your peace. Bless our homeland That we might witness to Your transforming universal call to justice, And inspire all that we do in and with Your whole human family to protect and nurture all of Your creation.
Place within us the mind of servants, that we might build and nurture a world without violence in the building of your kingdom of love, justice and peace. Amen