Prayers of God Made Real

rocket launch

Sunday between 21 and 27 January, Year C
(Third Sunday of Epiphany, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Inspired by Luke 4:14-21, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19.

Opening prayers or Call to worship

The stars in the heavens tell of your glory,
the stormy seas pound out your name;
the ageless rocks reveal your unending love.
As we gather
Help us to remember that we are not a room full of people
But a people full of your grace,
Called to tell of your love
And to live in your love.
Amen.

Intercession

Lord among us,
fill us with your spirit.

Fill us with your spirit and the desire to bring good news to the poor –
news of hope, news of help, news that there is more beyond this.
Help us to remember those who are in more need than ourselves
and to support those who work tirelessly to be good news in bad situations.
[especially…]
Lord let your spirit move.

Fill us with your spirit and the desire to release people from their captivity –
the captivity of daily grind, of limited ambition, of endless distraction.
Show us the chains that bind those around us
and give us the insight and faith to start breaking bonds.
[especially…]
Lord let your spirit move.

Fill us with your spirit and the desire to bring sight to the sightless –
to those who don’t look or don’t see or don’t understand.
Open our eyes to the wonder of your universe and the joy of your grace
so that we can help reveal the light to others.
[especially…]
Lord let your spirit move.

Fill us with your spirit and the desire to remove oppression –
whether from sickness or worry or abusive relationships.
Give us the wisdom and grace to help those who are hurting
and let us never turn our backs on those who need your love the most.
[especially…]
Lord let your spirit move.

Fill us with your spirit and the desire to tell everyone that this is the year –
the year when they could break with the past,
the year when they could see your world in full colour,
the year when they could make a difference.
[especially…]
Lord let your spirit move.

Your love is amazing
and your world is breathtaking.
Help us never to forget all that you have given
and inspire us to go and touch this world and its people
with your love.

Amen.

All the prayers are free to use but Rod would happily accept a coffee.