Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Opening and CLosing prayers for the opening of a Funeral Home

Opening:
Source of life, Creative Spirit, God of many names and faces,
You are with us in life and in death and in life after death.
We give thanks for those who support us in life and who are there at the time of death to offer comfort, to give us a safe place to express our grief and say good bye to a loved one.
In this place broken hearts will gather, in this place lives will be remembered, in this place tears will be shed, in this place final farewells will be said.
We know that such times of farewell are sacred times, thin places. And so we ask your blessing for this place, for those who work within it, and for those who will gather here. Amen.

Closing:
Eternal Spirit, Giver of life,
We have gathered to mark a new beginning, a new place for old practices.
Here people touch the holiness that lies at the core of life.
Here people will seek comfort according to their own beliefs and cultures and understandings.
Watch over this place. As we ask these things we remember one who revealed your presence and love in the world, a man named Jesus, who encouraged his friends to pray by saying..

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Communion PRayer for A Presbytery Meeting (service talking about God doing a new thing)

Communion Prayer

INVITATION
Here at this table we join in a ritual that stretches through time and space.
Here God invites us to share in the banquet of life.
This is God’s table, and God invites all who seek to follow the Way of Jesus Christ to eat and drink from it.
Come and taste the grace eternal, come and see that God is good.

GREAT THANKSGIVING
May the Peace of Christ, the love of God, and the Power of the Holy Spirit be with you.
God of life, in the beginning of our story you decided to do a new thing.
And so you spoke and creation came into being.
And we join with thousands who have gone before us to share words of praise and thanksgiving for this universe you spoke into being.
Then after a while you decided again to do a new thing.
You called Abram and Sarai into a new life, promising that through them the world would be blessed.
The new thing continued through the lives of their children and grandchildren through many generations.
Then the people were enslaved and you once again did a new thing.
Calling Moses and Aaron and Miriam to lead the people to freedom,
giving them a set of rules to guide how they lived with you and with each other,
covenanting to be with them always.
Over time the people would forget their part of the covenant, they would wander from the path.
And you would send messengers to call them back, men and women filled with your Spirit.
Remembering all these gifts, all these new things, all these ways you attempted to regenerate the people we join in the old songs of praise and thanksgiving.

THE STORY IS TOLD
Eventually, looking at the world you again decided to do a new thing.
You chose to become one of us, Word-made-Flesh, to share the joys and sorrows, the slings and arrows of our lives.
In Jesus of Nazareth, child of Mary you walked among your people
Jesus revealed a new way of being, Jesus revealed what it would look like to live a life based on love for all he met, Jesus challenged his peers and challenges us to live as though the Kingdom of God was really present in our midst.
But the world was not ready for Jesus’ message, for his challenge, for the Kingdom.
And so he was arrested, tried, convicted, executed.
But then you once again did a new thing!
You raised Jesus from death, shattering the bondage of the grave.

Here at this table we remember a meal Jesus shared with his closest friends.
During that meal he took bread, blessed it, broke it and passed ti to them saying:
Take, Eat, this is my body broken by the world. Whenever you eat this loaf remember me.
Then he took a cup of wine, blessed it and passed it to them saying:
Take, Drink, this is the cup of the new covenant, sealed in my blood. Whenever you drink from it remember me.
Joining with the community of Christian faith across the miles and the centuries we continue to eat and drink and remember.
As we share this bread and this cup send your Spirit upon and among us.
In the eating and the drinking may our commitment to living as people of The Way be strengthened.
Fill us with hope for the present and the future so that as people of hope we are ready to give of our selves so that your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
As we gather at this table, unite our hearts and souls with our brothers and sisters in faith across the country and around the globe.
We pray in the name and memory of Jesus, the man from Nazareth; whom we cal Christ and Messiah, and who encourages us to pray together saying:
Our Father, who art in heaven...

BREAKING, POURING, SHARING
The Bread we share is the Bread of Life.
The Cup we share is the Cup of Love
Gifts from God for the people of God.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
God who invites us to the table,
We have eaten, we have drunk, we have tasted your goodness.
May the meal we share here today awaken our hunger for the Banquet of Life.
May the company of these brothers and sisters renew our commitment to live a people of the Kingdom of Love.
God who regularly does a new thing,
As we go out from this meal may we be refreshed and renewed.
When the next new thing comes along may we have:
the wisdom to discern if it is from you,
the courage to embrace what you offer,
and the energy to journey with you on the road.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Teacher and Guide, our Rock and Redeemer.
Amen.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Call to Worship for the season of Lent

May the Peace of Christ be with you
And also with you.
Through these Lenten days and nights we journey closer to the cross.
Walking with Jesus, we seek to learn what it means to follow his Way
Jesus has invited us to journey with him, to learn, to grow, to be transformed.
LINE TO GO WITH THAT WEEK’S READING
As followers of Christ we begin our worship by greeting each other with words and signs of Christ’s peace.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

For January 28, 2018 -- God Loves the World

OPENING PRAYER
Loving God, as we gather for worship,
move within, around, and among us.
Loving God, caring deeply for the world,
remind us that we are loved, move us to share that love with our neighbours.
Loving God, yearning to redeem the world,
open our ears and souls to hear you calling us into relationship, open our eyes and hearts to see the light of hope and promise.
We pray in the name of Jesus, who encourages us to pray saying...

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God sometimes we look around the world and wonder why bother. Then we read:
For God so loved the world...
And we are comforted that we are loved but there are others who we think need some condemnation
For God so loves the world....
Sometimes we wonder if another cleansing flood might be a good thing. And then we remember,
For God so loved the world...
That you became one of us, clothed in flesh, to show us a Way to live.
For God So loved the world...
In love and grace you choose to save and redeem, not condemn and punish.
For God still loves the world.
God of Love and Grace, as we live in this world,
May we never forget that we, and everyone we meet, are held in a love that will never let us go.
Lead us in the Way of wisdom, call us back when we stray, love us into what we could become.
We pray in the name of Jesus, Love Incarnate, Word-Made-Flesh. Amen

COMMISSIONING:
As Worship concludes we go out into the world that God loves
A world that may not be perfect but is beloved.
As we move through God’s beloved world we share the Good News
we remind each other and all we meet that God loves the world, and all those who live in it.
God with God who is Love; Jesus, Love Incarnate; and Spirit, Love’s Creative Breath
Always and everywhere. Amen.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Prayer for Grace for January 21, 2018 -- CLeansing of the TEmple

God of Passion,
in Jesus you show us what it means to be passionate about the Kingdom of God.
God of Passion,
as followers of Jesus you call us to be passionate about the Kingdom of God.
God of Passion,
help us to know when to use our anger in the service of love, as we share our passion for the Kingdom of God.
God of Passion,
help us know when it is time to makes a scene instead of being quiet and nice as we share in the building of the Kingdom of God.
God made known in Jesus, the Word-Made-Flesh,
open our hearts to know what Jesus would have us do as we learn to live as citizens of the Kingdom of God.
God of Grace, God who forgives when we take the wrong road, God who calls us back to the path of wisdom,
lead us to live lives of passion, of grace, of justice and mercy here in the growing Kingdom of God. Amen.

Monday, January 8, 2018

REsources for January 14, 2018 -- The Wedding at Cana

OPENING PRAYER
God of the party,
we gather to worship,
to watch for the signs that point to your presence,
to join in the party of faith.
God of celebration, in this time together,
open our eyes and hearts to recognize the abundance of your grace.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Word-Made-Flesh, who encourages us to pray saying...

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God of abundance,
at times we look around and say that we have run out of something crucial.
But then you show us that there is so much more.
God of the party,
at times we want to limit who is at the party in case the supplies run out,
And then you throw open the doors because there is plenty for everybody.
God of grace,
open our souls to drink in the richness of your new wine
fill us with the knowledge that through grace we are welcomed to the party of faith.
challenge us to see the wonderful abundance that is around us.
...time of silent prayer...
The grace and mercy of God overflow all our containers. The party of faith is one where all may eat and drink without cost. Let us sing and dance with joy and praise!
Amen.

COMMISSIONING:
Our time of worship draws to a close.
The party of faith continues.
We move from this place to the world where we live and serve
carrying with us the good news of God’s abundant grace
As we go out to continue to share the Love of God,
we go knowing that God: Parent, Child and Spirit, is with us wherever we go.
Thanks be to God!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Opening PRayer for January 8, 2017 -- John 1:35-51

Source of Life, we come to celebrate your presence.
Here we tell the stories, here we pray, here we share the feast.
As we listen for your voice, as we share the meal of faith, as we seek to share your love,
move within and among us, breathe your transforming Spirit into our souls.
And when our worship draws to a close,
send us out to share the life and love you have given us with the world around us.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Word Made Flesh, who invites us to come and see, Amen