Monthly Archives: February 2014

Transfiguration: A vision of the future?

 

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 Transfiguration Sunday 2 March 2014

 Year A, colours: White or Gold

“We celebrate Transfiguration today as a reminder that the one who leads us through the coming season of penitence and preparation is preparing us to participate in such glory with him both now and at his second coming.” (Source: www.gbod.org)

 Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary   24 Feb –  2 March  2014

 24 February – 2 March

 A resource for the Daily Rhythm of Worship using the Lectionary Readings

 Download the PDF here.

 See “Weekly Rhythm” below for comment and question to engage with the readings.
Also “Praying the lectionary Readings” below for prayers based on the readings.

 Reading for Sunday 2 March: Transfiguration Sunday (Thanks to www.gbod.org)

Exodus 24:12-18. The mystery and awe of God’s holy presence: God calls Moses up on the mountain, and Moses enters the cloud of God’s glory.

Psalm 99

2 Peter 1:16-21. Peter says, “We had been eyewitnesses of his majesty … we were with him on the holy mountain … So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed.”

Matthew 17:1-9Matthew’s account of the Transfiguration.

 Monday:

Adoration Focus: Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. (Psalm 105:3)

Confession: This week we look at certain resources that God has given us.  How are we using/abusing them? Today simply try to name some resources’ and begin to examine your use of them.

The Word: See readings above or use your own devotional resources.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church: Today: that we may be wholehearted worshippers.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

             Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother” by H van der Looy)

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. (Psalm 104:24)

Confession: Lord, help us to use the resources that you have given us responsibly and in ways that reflect your Kingdom and rule.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church:  Today: that we may be connected and caring.

Personal Prayers:

 Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother”)

 

 Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Praise the Lord… who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:5)

Confession: We focus on the resources of this earth.  Water, land, minerals, fuel, forests, etc.  In our short –sightedness and greed we have cause much damage and suffering.  Lord help us, each one, to take the call to conserve and to be responsible to heart

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church: Today: that we may be listening and responding…

Personal prayers:

            Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother”)

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: But you, O Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. (Psalm 102:12)

Confession: We focus on the resource of money.  Lord, our use of money reflects our priorities.  Help us to place this important area under your direction, and to seek your Kingdom first in this area also.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church: Today: that we may be warmly welcoming.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother”)

 

 Friday:

Adoration Focus: I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing praise. (Psalm 101:1)

Confession: Lord, you have made vast spiritual resources available to us.   You have given us all we need to live a full life of love.  Enable us to open up your gifts and to share these with each other.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church: Today: that we may be able to more out of our comfort zone as God leads us.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother”)

 

 Saturday: 

Adoration Focus: Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (Psalm 100:3)

Confession: We pray for guidance as to how you would have us use the gifts and abilities you have placed within us.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church: Today: that we may be able to care for suffering, empathise with others and care for “the least of them”.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother”)

 

 Sunday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. (Psalm 99:1)

Confession: Today we bring the resource of time before you, O God.  Help us to use time wisely.  We thank you for this gift.  May our use of it reflect your love, your order, and your priorities.  Release us from all that “drives” our time in inappropriate ways.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: We pray for our church: Today: that we may be able to risk as we offer ourselves as “sacrifices of praise”.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication:
“So keep Jesus before your eyes.  Don’t hesitate to go anywhere he leads you; don’t stay where you are and don’t look back, but look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead.” (From “Rule for a new brother”)

Weekly Rhythm

 Engaging with the weekly Lectionary Readings (Comment and Questions)
 Download the PDF here.

 Exodus 24:12-18
The mystery and awe of God’s holy presence: God calls Moses up on the mountain, and Moses enters the cloud of God’s glory.

Psalm 99

2 Peter 1:16-21
Peter says, “We had been eyewitnesses of his majesty … we were with him on the holy mountain … So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed.”

Matthew 17:1-9
Matthew’s account of the Transfiguration.  Jesus must be listened to/what we will become glory to glory. Gathering up the law and prophets…

Comments

This is an intimate moment.  Jesus takes the inner circle of disciples and together they go up a mountain, a sacred space of revelation.  There Elijah and Moses appear, representing the prophets and Law.  Jesus continues a line of sacred history and carries it forward.  Could it be that he also needs the support and encouragement of those who have been on this journey as he faces Jerusalem?  He shines like the sun.  Light and divinity have always gone together.  This Jesus is God.

 Questions for Reflection


1)      The scriptures say we will be transformed from glory into glory.  Could this transfiguration vision have something to say about our future – what we will become?  (See link to sermon below.)

2)      Why can’t the disciples live on this mountain forever?

3)      Look at the other texts set for Transfiguration Sunday and see what links you can see between them and our Gospel text.

 For more to think about read this sermon by Paul J. Nuechterlein for Transfiguration Sunday: A Glimpse of Glory.

  Praying the Lectionary Readings

 Sunday 2 March 2014

 Prayers you may pray during the week and on Sunday

 Radiant God, source of light,
as you surrounded Jesus with your glory,
so you come to us in penetrating brightness.

You catch us off guard and expose our weakness.
We choose the limelight while you call us to explore the shadows
and brighten the darkness.

We seek the spectacular while you bind up the broken in
countless acts of mercy.

We seek to stay on the mountain or in a comfortable pew while
you walk to the valleys of need.

Radiant God,
fill us with light and courage to carry good news into all the
corners of the world and to bring back the joy of your presence.

Amen
Source

Let’s go up the mountain.
Let’s go up to the place where the land meets the sky
where the earth touches the heavens,
to the place of meeting,
to the place of mists,
to the place of voices and conversations,
to the place of listening.

 Prayer:

O God,
We open our eyes and we see Jesus,
the months of ministry transfigured to a beam of light,
the light of the world,
your light.

May your light shine upon us.
We open our eyes and we see Moses and Elijah,
your word restoring us, showing us the way,
telling a story,
your story, his story, our story.

May your word speak to us.
We open our eyes and we see mist,
the cloud of your presence
which assures us of all we do not know
and that we do not need to fear that.

Teach us to trust.

We open our eyes and we see Peter’s constructions,
his best plans, our best plans,
our missing the point,
our missing the way.

Forgive our foolishness and sin.

We open our eyes and we see Jesus,
not casting us off,
but leading us down, leading us out –
to ministry, to people.
Your love endures forever.
We open our ears and we hear your voice,
‘This is my beloved Son, listen to him!’
And we give you thanks.
Amen

(prepared by William Loader)

 Prayer of Intercession for Transfiguration Sunday

 (Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-9, Luke 9:28-36)

 Holy and loving God – whose nature and ways are far beyond our understanding, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus – who lets us see your face in his, who shows us your love in his actions, your grace in his manner of being.  In him too, O God, we see ourselves as you would have us be and as your power is able to make us.  Make us more like him now we pray…  Lord hear our prayer……

Lord – we often find ourselves weary, tired out by a load of care, a heap of responsibility and concern.  We hunger and thirst, and often fail to stop to eat and drink at the table you have prepared for us.  Lord, we are here now – and we ask you – grant us a glimpse of your glory – fill us with your spirit – refresh us and make us new … Lord hear our prayer…..

Loving God, we pray that your glory may fill your church and give to your people everywhere the energy to shine wherever there is darkness, disunity, persecution, or despair… Lord hear our prayer….

Father, we pray for those we named in our sharing time and for all those whose names are upon our hearts.  Grant to them health and wholeness, peace and joy, strength and hope…  We remember before you:

(intercessions and petitions as shared in sharing time)

 ….. Lord hear our prayer….

 Give us all, O Lord, a greater love of your holiness, a greater delight in your mystery, and a greater joy in seeking your presence.  We ask it through Christ Jesus, who revealed your will to us and who taught us to pray to you as one family, saying Our Father….

 — written by John Maynard, and posted here.

 

 

 

 

“Watch over one another in love.” (John Wesley)

watch with love textYearly Rhythm

Sunday 23 February 2014
Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A

“The church sets aside a holy season called Ordinary Time as sacred. The Ordinary is part of the religious tradition of being ordered in our daily lives so that we can always be in the presence of the holy.” (Becca Stevens)

 

Daily Rhythm

Devotional Diary   17 – 23 February 2014

A resource for the Daily Rhythm of Worship, using the Lectionary Readings)
Download the PDF here.

See “Weekly Rhythm” below for comment and questions to engage with the readings.
Also “Praying the Lectionary Readings” below for prayers based on the readings.

Readings for the week preparing for Sunday February 23, 2014, the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany: 

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18.  Social holiness defined: loving your neighbor, whatever their condition, as you love yourself.

Psalm 119:33-40.

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23Paul reminds the Christians in Corinth they are the temple of God. They are to honour their bodies as God has made them and be grateful for all leaders who lay or build on the foundation of Christ.

Matthew 5:38-48 “You have heard it said… but I tell you,”  Part 2! The nearing of the kingdom of God means we are to (and now can!) treat those who harm us, (oppressors and enemies,) very differently than we may have been trained.

This week’s suggestion:  Don’t be too quick to move off the adoration focus.  Read the verse and spend a couple of minutes meditating on it before moving into confession.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Yet you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true. (Psalm 119:151)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive our pride.

The Word:  See readings above or use your own reading plan.

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: God calls and we offer ourselves in response, discovering who we are. This week pray focussed prayers for the world as you encounter it.  What circles do you engage with?  As you pray for these areas each day, begin to think of ‘call’: What service may God be calling you to?  Or how may God be guiding you in terms of the service that you are already involved in?

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer.

Dedication:
Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

 Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord is God and he has made his light shine upon us.  (Psalm 118:27)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive our self-sufficiency.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal Prayers:

Dedication:
Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus:  For great is His love towards us… (Psalm 117:2)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive our short-sightedness and distorted vision.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:

Personal prayers: See Monday’s focus.

 Dedication:
Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: The Lord protects the simple hearted… (Psalm 116:6)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big. Forgive our inability to realise the gift of your Spirit.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:

Personal prayers: See Monday’s focus.

 Dedication:
Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Not to us, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.  (Psalm 115:1)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big. Forgive our tendency to hold all the praise for ourselves.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

 Dedication:
Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord… (Psalm 114:7)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive our parochial care that limits the spread of your kingdom.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

 Dedication:
Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.  (Psalm 113:3)

Confession: Lord we are small you are big.  Forgive us when we worship a “small” God.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: See Monday’s focus.

Personal prayers:

 Dedication:
Lord we are small you are big.  Give us love, strength, guidance and power to go where you send.

 Weekly Rhythm

Engaging with the weekly Lectionary Readings (Comment and Questions)

Download the PDF here for personal or small group use

 Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18Social holiness defined: loving your neighbour, whatever their condition, as you love yourself.

Questions

1)      John Wesley calls us to, “watch over one another in love.”  How can this passage be seen as a call to do this?
2)      How can this passage apply to us today?
3)      How does God “watch over us in love”?

Psalm 119:33-40. 

Pray this as a prayer: see The Message translation in “Praying the Lectionary” below.

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23Paul reminds the Christians in Corinth they are the temple of God. They are to honor their bodies as God has made them and be grateful for all leaders who lay or build on the foundation of Christ.

Questions

1)      How are our bodies Temples of God? Come at this question from a number of perspectives.
2)      What are the implications of our bodies being temples of God?

Matthew 5:38-48.   “You have heard it said… but I tell you,” Part 2! The nearing of the kingdom of God means we are to (and now can!) treat those who harm us, oppressors and enemies very differently than we may have been trained.

Questions

1)      How do you understand turning the other cheek?
2)      Can you turn the other cheek without becoming a doormat?
3)      How did Jesus turn the other cheek?
4)      Who are your enemies?
5)      What does loving your enemy mean?
6)      Did Jesus love his enemies?  How did he show this?
7)      How can we love our enemies?

 

Praying the Lectionary Readings

Sunday 23 February 2014

Prayers you may pray during the week and on Sunday

 Psalm 119: 33-40 is a prayer we should pray.The Message translation prays well:

 33-40 God, teach me lessons for living
so I can stay the course.
Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—
my whole life one long, obedient response.
Guide me down the road of your commandments;
I love traveling this freeway!
Give me a bent for your words of wisdom,
and not for piling up loot.
Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets,
invigorate me on the pilgrim way.
Affirm your promises to me—
promises made to all who fear you.
Deflect the harsh words of my critics—
but what you say is always so good.
See how hungry I am for your counsel;
preserve my life through your righteous ways!

 

 

 

 

Living Blessed

blessedlifeYearly Rhythm

Sunday 16 February 2014
The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A.

“The church sets aside a holy season called Ordinary Time as sacred. The Ordinary is part of the religious tradition of being ordered in our daily lives so that we can always be in the presence of the holy.” (Becca Stevens)

 Daily Rhythm

10 – 16 February

               A resource for the Daily Rhythm of Worship using the Lectionary Readings.
Download the PDF here.

See “Weekly Rhythm” below for comment and question to engage with the readings.
Also “Praying the lectionary Readings” below for prayers based on the readings.

Devotional Diary  10 – 16 February 2014

Readings for the week, Sunday 16 February, 2014. The  Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany (www.gbod.org)

Deuteronomy 30:15-20From Moses’ final sermon: There are two ways—life and prosperity or death and endless troubles. The way of life requires us to walk in God’s ways and not bow down to or serve any other gods.

Psalm 119:1-8.

1 Corinthians 3:1-9. Despite their spiritual riches, Christians in Corinth were still living by the flesh as cliques forming around preferred leaders. To live by the Spirit is to recognize they are God’s field, God’s building.

Matthew 5:21-37. “You have heard it said… but I tell you.” Part I of two weeks of Rules of Relationships. This week: Overcoming sin.                                                       

 Monday

Adoration Focus: We are called to respond to God in many ways. In our adoration focus we look at some of these ways.  Today, “Glory in the name of the Lord”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when I feel like it.

The Word:  See readings above or use own devotional guide.

Seeking the Kingdom: The church in South Africa has a role to play in all areas of life.  This week we pray for some of these concerns that the church is called to.

Shared Focus: Christ came to bring reconciliation.  Pray that the church in S.A. may make this ministry of reconciliation relevant to our situation.  Pray that the peoples of our land may come closer together in creativity and peace.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

Dedication:

Remember the bracelets with the letters W W J D on them?  Those bracelets remind us to ask the question, “What Would Jesus Do?” in every situation of our lives.  This week as you face each day why not ask yourself that question and as you ask it, let Christ live in and through you.

 Tuesday 

Adoration Focus: Today, “Lift up His holy name.”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when we get our way.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The call goes out from the prophets to facilitate economic justice.  Pray that the church may be a creative part of this process.   Thank God for those within the church whose are reflecting on this issue from God’s perspective and are voicing Godly concerns.

Dedication:

“What Would Jesus Do?”  (See Monday’s dedication)

 Wednesday 

Adoration Focus: Today, “Love the Lord your God.”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when our power base is not threatened.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The call goes out to feed the poor and alleviate poverty.  Pray that the church may take this call to heart and reach out in compassion.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“What Would Jesus Do?” (See Monday’s dedication)

 Thursday 

Adoration Focus: Today, “Praise His holy name.”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when it costs us little.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The call goes out for the church to be part of the fight against crime and corruption.  Pray that we may build relationships across all barriers and that mutual love and respect for life may be our guide as peoples in this land.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“What Would Jesus Do?” (See Monday’s dedication)

 Friday 

Adoration Focus: “Prostrate yourself before the Lord.”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when it suites our timetable.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  The call goes out for the church to care for people with HIV/AIDS.  Pray that the church may deal with this issue with deep compassion and embrace all who suffer.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“What Would Jesus Do?” (See Monday’s dedication)

 Saturday 

Adoration Focus: Today, “Sing a new song to His name.”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when I can make sense of my situation.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: The call goes out to the church to help build family life.  Pray that we may promote healthy families and good family dynamics. Pray for families that do fit the traditional mold that they too may find a place of belonging in our community.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“What Would Jesus Do?” (See Monday’s dedication)

 Sunday 

Adoration Focus: Today, “Bow before the name of the Lord.”

Confession: How do we “reserve our worship”?  This week we examine ways we do this and pray that we may worship God always, everywhere and whole heartedly.  Today’s focus: Only when I’m in church?

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus:  The call goes out to the church to strengthen the moral fibre of our country.  Lord, you have called us to a whole new way of life.  Help us not to compromise the values of your call and help us to promote these values in every way we can.  May your holiness spread throughout our land.

Personal prayers:

Dedication:

“What Would Jesus Do?” (See Monday’s dedication)

Weekly Rhythm

Engaging with the weekly Lectionary Readings

Comment and Questions
(Download the PDF here.)

 Deuteronomy 30:15-20.

From Moses’ final sermon: There are two ways—life and prosperity or death and endless troubles. The way of life requires us to walk in God’s ways and not bow down to or serve any other gods.

Questions

1)      What lifestyles does this passage present us with?

2)      What ways of life present themselves to us today as choices for living?

3)      Can you discern the influence of these ways on your lifestyle?

4)      How do the words of our Deuteronomy reading challenge your lifestyle?

Psalm 119:1-8

1)      Try to describe what a “blessed” (verse 1) (other translation may use a different word for blessed e.g. happy)  person is according to this psalm.

2)      How can you be blessed?

3)      What is hindering you from being blessed?

1 Corinthians 3:1-9.

Despite their spiritual riches, Christians in Corinth were still living by the flesh as cliques forming around preferred leaders. To live by the Spirit is to recognize they are God’s field, God’s building.

Questions

1)      How does Paul suggest we demonstrate our immaturity as Christians?

2)      How does he suggest we can demonstrate our maturity?

3)      How would we live this out in practical ways?

Matthew 5:21-37.

“You have heard it said… but I tell you.” Part I of two weeks of Rules of Relationships. This week: Overcoming sin.

At gbod.org we are reminded that this way of living is not impossible, not hard, barren and bound to failure.  We are pointed to the “abundance and joy that comes from living this way. “  To the “many people actually do live these ways…” and to the fact that we can “pursue life and blessing with the help of others who are more than eager to help.”

Questions

1)      What kinds of lifestyles are described in this passage?

2)      How is the Kingdom lifestyle as describe in this passage life-giving?  (Blessed!)

3)      How do you struggle with a “blessed” lifestyle?

4)      How can we enter into this Kingdom lifestyle?

 

Praying the Lectionary Readings

Sunday 16 February 2014

Prayers you may pray during the week and on Sunday

 A Litany of Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Leader:

Blessed are you, Lord our God. We come before you to ask your forgiveness for all of our failings both great and small.Generous God, you give us so many gifts in life, yet sometimes we forget to share them. And so we say…

All:

We are sorry.

Leader:

Faithful God, you are with us in one another, yet we sometimes refuse to recognize you. And so we say…

All:

We are sorry.

Leader:

God of gentleness, you ask us to bring peace to our family and to the world, yet sometimes we spread anger and trouble. And so we say…

All:

We are sorry.

Leader:

Gracious God, you give us a voice with which to sing, and words to speak, and yet sometimes our words are hurtful or untrue. And so we say…

All:

We are sorry.

Leader:

Loving God, you sent your only son to show us how to love and serve one another, and yet we sometimes are selfish and unloving. And so we say…

All:

We are sorry.

Leader:

Merciful God, help us to ask forgiveness when we need to. Help us to forgive others who have wronged us. And let us be peacemakers in our world and in our family. We thank you for the gift of your forgiveness and love.

All:

Amen.(Prayer adapted from faithfirst.com)