Compassionate God, open our hearts
that we may feel the breath and play of your spirit,
unclench our hearts
that we may reach out to one another in openness and generosity,
free our lips
that we may speak for those whose voices are not heard,
unlock our ears
to hear the cries of the broken-hearted,
and open our eyes
to see Christ in friend and stranger,
that in sharing our love and our pain, our poverty and our prosperity,
we may move towards that peace and justice
which comes from you and so be bearers of divine reconciliation. Amen.
(Source: South Australian Council of Churches e-news, August2016)
So fill us with your love
that it might cascade
into the ordinariness
of our working lives,
and others experience
the warmth of its flow,
spreading from hearts
and words and deeds;
an unbroken stream
to all that it touches.
(Source: John Birch)
God of love,
I pray for the peace of Christ:
in the face of fear, to trust,
in the face of violence, to be gentle,
in the face of sorrow to be healing,
in all things to offer blessing.
Christ, grant me your peace:
with those who are rejected – to stand in unity,
for those who are afraid – to offer my hand,
beside the outcast – to sojourn in longing,
to those who are cursed – to offer blessing.
Spirit of compassion,
be the grace and strength in me
to risk for the sake of justice,
to suffer for the sake of healing,
to give of myself for the sake of love,
to offer blessing, to offer blessing. Amen
(Source: Steve Garnaas-Holmes)
Receive us, Holy One. Hold us in the mystery of your one love. Your compassion flows through us to all living beings, with whom we share one life. We give thanks. Amen. (source: Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light)
Loving God, you have made us in your image and we yearn for the healing of all your people. Fill our hearts with the fire of your love and our minds with the thirst for justice.
Embolden us to speak out against oppression, empower us to work for the coming of your reign of peace and justice, and enrich us with your life-giving Spirit so that all creation may feel your touch and be healed.
We ask this in the name of Christ. Amen
For ourselves, for those named or remembered, and in solidarity with those
who have not the freedom to express their concern or celebration
for fear of discrimination or condemnation…we offer our prayers….
In all our joys and in all our concerns, may we be ever mindful
of the presentness of the sacred among us,
and to see the new possibilities of the now……
God of peace, You break the cycle of wars, so we can be enriched by your peace;
Liberating God, you shatter the grip of violence, so we may be freed from our fears;
God of love, you plant your words deep within us, carving on our hearts: ‘you are mine.’
God of grace, You give us the Word we need, so we might live in your grace,
God of creation, grant us courage, wisdom and compassion to take our part in your work in the world. Amen.
(Source: Thom Shuman, adapted)
(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation by Jeff Shrowder)
By your Holy Spirit, O God, warm the lives of those we name on our lips and in the silence of our hearts; celebrate with those open to your abundance; bring comfort to those among us and around us who are hurting, and encouragement to those for whom the light of life
shines less brightly. We pray in the name of Jesus who taught us to pray…. (Lord’s Prayer)