Sunday between 11 and 17 September, Year B
(Proper 19, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Inspired by Mark 8:27-38 and Psalm 19.
Opening prayers or Call to worship
The heavens are telling the glory of God!
Wisdom cries out in the street,
the earth rings with your glory
and we come Lord, we come.
Not perfect, not necessarily ready,
some not even properly awake,
but we have heard your call
and felt our hearts call back
so we are here for you.
We have heard a call, a cry in our hearts
so we have come to you to say that you are where we belong.
We have heard a voice saying “give it up, give it all up”
and so we have come to offer up to you
all our burdens, our fears, our relationships, our hopes.
We hear a call and bring our loads, each one of us,
with baggage from this week, this year, our whole lives.
In silence we lay it all down before you now…
[and together we bring to you… or brief pause]
We bring you these weights on our hearts in the knowledge that you take all,
and give all.
We hear your call and bring you our fears;
so many of them, tumbling out of our hearts almost uncontrollably.
Fears for ourselves, our family, our friends, our world;
fears that are too much to bear.
In silence we bring our blackness to the taker of all things.
[and together we share our fears for… or brief pause]
Take all these fears far away Lord,
and give us only your peace.
We hear your call and bring our relationships;
some good, others bad, a few indifferent or futile.
We don’t like to admit some of this
but you know the truth, you see our hearts.
In silence we invite you to take and make all anew.
We know that you are the lord of love
and we ask you to help us build good relationships,
ones that are selfless and honest and strong.
We hear your call and we bring our hopes;
hopes for today and tomorrow, for us and for them, for in here and way out there.
In silence we share the dreams that we feel unable to shout…
Lord, give us the wisdom to know when our hopes are good,
and the courage not just to shout about it but to set off on a new journey
with our dreams,
with people we trust,