God of promise, persist in opening our hearts and minds to your presence among us.
Send your Spirit to increase our faith and our delight in your surprising ways.
Help us to seek your presence continually.
Gracious God, we have come to worship today with all of who we are.
Some of us come feeling uncertain about the relationships we have with one another.
We give thanks that we can trust in our relationship with you.
Some of us come thinking of past hurts, betrayals and broken promises in our lives.
We give thanks that we can trust you will never break your promises with us.
Some of us come joy-filled, hopeful and ready to celebrate.
We give thanks that you journey with us in our moment of joy.
Some of us come reflecting on struggles, sorrows and dreams.
We give thanks that you accompany us in our struggles.
We come with different feelings, different thoughts, different joys, different, struggles and many uncertainties. And yet we have all come to this place at this time.
(a time for silent reflection and prayer)
For all of these prayers both spoken and unspoken, we give thanks.
Gracious God, we are people of good intentions. We have good intentions to love one another; good intentions to be an authentic community together, to honour our words and promises, and to always honour you. We confess that we have not always lived up to our good intentions. We are broken peoples, and we have broken promises. Forgive us, dear God, for the ways in which we have failed one another, and the ways in which we have failed you. Amen.
Hear the good news: God forgives us again and again. We have second chances, and third chances, and fourth chances – to keep trying to get it right – and to live up to our good intentions. Even though we sometimes fail God, God never fails us; God always keeps God's promises to be faithful. Thanks be to God.
God helps us in our weakness, even when words for prayer escape us.
We trust in the power of God's love to bring good. Praise be to God.
This lovely prayer was used at St Ronan’s recently by Rev Doug Rogers. (From Prayers for All Seasons ed Ellen Turnball)
Autumn Easter God, may we be empowered to look to the future with hope:
unafraid of our dreams,
realistic about our limitations,
yet never losing hope in our potential to live courageously in today and for tomorrow.
May it be so.AMEN
Benediction from 6/11/16:
As the whirr of unseen wings tell us of the flight of the keruru,
may the blessing that surrounds us speak of God’s love.
As the call of the morepork sounds in the loneliness of the night,
may we recognise the companionship of the Christ in our dark times.
As the song of the tui peals melody to the hills and sky and bush,
May your joyous spirit sing through us into the world around us. Amen.
© Beverley L. Osborn, Gifts in Open Hands, 2011,Pilgrim Press
Blessing from 30/10/16
May our living be God inspired.
May our words be heaven filled.
May our hope be Spirit crammed.
May our choices be justice shaped.
May our faith be truth inspired.
May our journey be love breathed.
And may God be in our every step.