Category Archives: General

New Year prayers and blessings

Resources: Songs for New Year on the Singing from the Lectionary website  (scroll down for more music resources) A Prayer for the New Year God of wisdom and truth, at the beginning of this new year we look back and … Continue reading

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Advent – general resources

I did not know how this year Advent would feel like Lent. That I would feel the need to pare things down. That this year, like the riot of blooms of the bouganvillia, it would seem a fraction bright, a … Continue reading

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Candle lighting

Lighting of the Community Candle The Community Candle is lit We light this flame as a symbol of the creativity of our faith: the creativity to explore new avenues of religious insight; the creativity to develop a caring community; the creativity … Continue reading

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Communion – various

Reflection on sharing around a tablePeople of faith understand just how sacred the act of gathering around a table for can be. It was around a shared table that Jesus taught some of his most important lessons, while in the … Continue reading

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The following two prayers/reflections were written following the execution of Andrew Chan and Myurun Sukumaran in Indonesia. The words could easily be adapted for another sorrow, for surely there will be more to come that our nation will be engulfed … Continue reading

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Prayers for others – various

Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual and the community must enter every day.(Source:Dietrich Bonhoeffer) Introduction to prayers for othersA teacher asked his students how can you tell when night has given way to day. Students were eager … Continue reading

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Poetry – various

I came across this wonderful post of poems by Chris Corrigan as part of the reflections on the 2014 Awakening Soul conference. He writes: These poems were composed more or less spontaneously at Awakening Soul 2014. They are harvests of … Continue reading

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Prayer of Intercession based on WCC theme

Poem written by Reuel Norman O. Marigza (Philippines) as reflection on the theme of WCC Busan Assembly, 30th October to 8th November, 2013: ‘God of life, lead us to justice and peace’ God of Life, Lead Us to Act God … Continue reading

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Prayers for Syria

A Prayer for Reconciliation in Syria God of history, Witness of the struggles within families; we pray for the divided family of Syria as brother fights against brother, and sister rejects sister. We pray for those whose love of neighbour … Continue reading

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Prayers of thanksgiving – general

(14th century) Meister Eckhart: “If the only prayer you said in your whole live was “Thank –you, That would suffice!” (this prayer by Jon Humphries could be offered at different times in a service, but putting it in this section … Continue reading

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