Sunday between 3 and 9 July, Year A
(Proper 9, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Inspired by Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30, Romans 7:15-25a and Psalm 145:8-14.
Opening prayers or Call to worship
as we enter into your presence,
free us of our burdens.
Free us to sing,
to be lifted,
Free us and fill us with you.
Set us free Lord
from the multitude of things that weigh us down or bind us tight:
things from within ourselves and things imposed upon us,
chains we have grown so used to that we have almost forgotten that they are there!
So set us free.
Set us free from ourselves:
from the negative self-image and the harmful habits;
from the ingrained routines and the limited ambition;
from the pain and guilt that we have carried around with us for so long;
from all that is broken inside.
Lord release us today.
Set us free to be new:
to see the world around us more clearly;
to understand better the people we live and work and pray with;
to love and live more freely.
Lord renew us today.
Set us free to face the challenge:
to take risks and try new directions;
to encourage each other as we try to build the future;
to be generous and giving to those in need,
whether in our local or global community.
The world is full of people who need us.
[especially now we pray for… or brief pause]
Lord give us courage and strength.
Set us free to live like children:
to face each day with a song in our hearts;
to enjoy the now instead of worrying about what comes next;
to offer ourselves, our time, our love unreservedly
and always to have hope.
Lord give us a new song.
make each one of us more free:
free from fear, free to be our true selves in you,
free to do whatever today requires,
free to live with hope and joy and generosity.
This is our desire Lord.