Thursday, 06 August 2020

Worship Resources

Prayers: Our Church, World and People

(other sources are Words for Worship and Seasons of the Spirit in folders in the church library)
See also Ways to Pray

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Pilgrim Covenant Prayer

God of pilgrim faith, as you call us together to be your people, we will seek to live by the values and hope of Christ Jesus whom we follow.

We will honour one another, and seek to be an inclusive community in which each one is given justice, dignity and love.

As your Spirit prompts us, we will seek to discern your will for us and act on your call in our lives.

We shall be open to discovering your purposes for us in all aspects of our personal and corporate life.

We commit ourselves to a deepening of our knowledge and love of you: in relationship and solidarity with one another, through worship together and shared reflection, through faithful action in the wider community, and in honest fellowship.

We commit ourselves in this our Pilgrim congregation; for by your love it is here that you have called us to serve. And we commit ourselves to live in faith beyond this building and this body; we believe we are partners with you in the ministry of reconciliation in your world. Amen.

Rev Helen Alexander (church of Scotland)- written especially for Pilgrim Uniting Church

A Prayer for Our Church

Give us, O Lord
A church that will be more courageous than courteous;
A church that will not merely comfort the afflicted
    but afflict the comfortable;
A church that will not only love the world
    but will also judge the world;
A church that will not only pursue peace
    but will also demand justice;
A church that will not remain silent
    where people are calling for a voice;
A church that will not pass by on the other side
    when wounded humanity is waiting to be healed;
A church that not only calls us to worship
    but also sends us out to witness; and
A church that will follow Christ even when the way
    points to a cross;
To this end we offer ourselves
    in the name of him who loved us
    and gave himself for us. Amen

      The Rev. Robert Lee Longid       EDNP Convention (Phillipines), 1994.

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