Monthly Archives: July 2012

Olympics 2012

Paul Sheppy (UK) wrote this prayer after reflecting on the opening ceremony: ‘As I watched the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, I rejoiced in the creativity and discipline which marks all Olympiads. And I thought of the motto: citius, … Continue reading

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Creeds and statements of affirmation

Some interesting affirmations of faith on this Progressive Christianity website. An affirmation that could be used as words of mission We believe in the God of grace. We follow the Teacher of Love. We live by the Spirit of mercy. We … Continue reading

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Response to Bible readings

For the word of God in scripture, for the word of God among us, for the word of God within us, We give thanks.

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Easter Day Year B

“Christian hope is resurrection hope, and it proves its truth in the contradiction of the future prospects thereby offered and guaranteed for righteousness as opposed to sin, life as opposed to death, glory as opposed to suffering, peace as opposed … Continue reading

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Gathering hymns/processionals

God of the Bible Words: Shirley Murray (altered). Music: Colin Gibson God of the Bible, God in the Gospel, hope seen in Jesus, hope yet to come, you are the centre, daylight or darkness, freedom or prison, you are our … Continue reading

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Welcome – various

Wherever you are on your faith’s journey, wherever you have come from and wherever you are going to, whatever you believe, whatever you do not believe, you are welcome here. (used by St Andrew’s on the terrace, NZ)

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deflating balloons – a symbol for Prayers for Others

Bishops in the Philippines used yellow balloons to make the point about promises from politicians (full story below) which are not delivered, and which only favour the elite at the expense of the poor. Providing a deflated balloon to people … Continue reading

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Words of mission

Creator Spirit, wellspring of our lives, as the refreshing rain falls on the just and unjust alike, refresh us with your mercy who knows our own injustice.  As the stream flows steadily on, defying all the odds of stone and … Continue reading

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Litany of commitment

Litany of Commitment (source: 30th anniversary service of death of Archbishop Oscar Romero) God, our strength, enliven our resolve to seek bread which nourishes and sustains, that through our resistance of instant satisfaction we may learn to value what we … Continue reading

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Litany of sorrow (prayers for others)

Litany of Sorrow (Source: 30th anniversary service of death of Archbishop Oscar Romero) In the midst of hatred that divides people of different nations, ethnic groups, classes, religions and genders, God forgive us. In the midst of our difficulty in … Continue reading

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