Week beginning Sunday 17th September 2017

The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
Ordinary Time

Our prayers

  • Praying for those who find themselves affected by natural or man made disaster. 
  • Praying for the needy and poor.
  • Praying for people who find themselves refugees, without home nor country.
  • Praying for sick people, their carers and healers.
  • Praying for our politicians and world leaders.

Heavenly Father
Reminded of those who've lost loved ones or had lives changed through natural disaster or man made atrocity, we hold before you 
  • rescue teams and support agencies, 
  • Governments and individuals
  • Families and communities
and all those involved in seeking healing and creating order out of chaos.
Lord, in your mercy 
hear our prayer.
Loving God, 
Help us in all that we do, think and say to seek to honour you.
May we open the door of our heart to receive you and then see the doors that open up for us to take your love to others; Rev 3:8
May we carry the fragrance of Christ to all we meet;  2 Cor 2:15
May we be rooted and built up in Christ and established in the faith, abounding in thanksgiving; Col 2:6-7
May we enlarge the site of our tent, let the curtains of our habitations be stretched out, lengthen our cord and strengthen our stakes. Isaiah 54:2
May we be your song in the world. Zeph 3:17b
Amen

Heavenly Father,

We thank you for the scriptures and the message they convey. We thank you for your servant Paul, whose life was transformed by his encounter with your son our Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus.

Help us to follow his example of discipleship and guidance in his letter to the Christians in Rome: Do not avenge yourselves dear friends, but give place to God's wrath;

for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay," says the Lord. 

Rather, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; 

if he is thirsty, give him a drink; 

for in doing this you will be heading burning coals on his head.

Do not overcome evil by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Amen

Collect

Almighty God,

whose only Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence:

give us our hearts and steadfast wills to worship you in spirit and in truth;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.

Amen

Creator God,
We bring before you all our prayer, all our work, all our study, all our leisure.
In all we do give us grateful hearts and a longing for you, whose source is your love and longing for us.
That we might find a rhythm and pattern for a life centred on you.
Redeemer God,
Who came and walked among us, who cleansed and healed and restored human dignity.
We pray for the healing of the nations, we pray for understanding and peace, for reconciliation and forgiveness.
Heal we pray, our fractured relationships, transform hatred and violence into gentleness and love and hold all our human brokenness in the glorious light of your love in Jesus Christ.
Sustainer God,
Whose Spirit ignites the flame of your goodness in us, we pray for your church in this time of political turmoil, that she may be a beacon of hope, a lace of stability and enduring faithfulness, a bedrock of your love and graciousness, that we make your face visible to the world,
in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.