Prayers for 2-8 October (B) - the unexpected
Prayers to use anytime you think they are useful, but originally written for
Sunday between 2 and 8 October, Year B
(Proper 22, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Inspired by Mark 10:2-16, Genesis 2:18-24 and Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12.
Opening Prayers or Call to Worship
We come to the God of Ages,
the God of Abraham and Moses,
the unchanging God who always is and always was.
But we come also to a God who constantly changes everything:
a God who flung stars into the blackness;
who demanded to be met on a mountain,
then in a holy temple
but came among us as a baby in a barn
before coming to live in each of us, his living temples.
We come to a ceaseless, restless God and say
Lord, do a brand new, unexpected thing today
in our hearts, in our church, in this world.
you made the vastness of the universe
and all its galaxies and stars and planets.
They appear to us to be so fixed and constant
but by your hand they are ceaselessly moving and changing
and we ask you to bring that same change to our world today.
We ask you to change the economic systems
that leave our world blighted by unequal distribution of wealth,
torn and shaken by wars for control of diminishing resources,
shamed by mistreatment of the weak, the vulnerable and the voiceless.
We ask that you will give strength to all who work to bring justice
and give us a burning desire to make our own difference.
We ask you to change governments and laws
so that they work for the many, protect the helpless and defend the innocent.
Help us to put aside our apathy and our prejudices
and work alongside others with the same aims,
giving our support to any projects and campaigns that seek to bring your care.
We ask you to change the community we live in,
to dispel the dark cloud of fear
and to bring hope, belief and energy back to this place.
Awaken people, give them life and purpose
and show us how to be a central part in that life.
We ask you to reach into the lives of those on our hearts today:
[especially… or brief pause]
You touch and transform lives
in ways we don’t expect;
help us to be part of that change.
We ask you to transform your church,
so often living in its own history
and debating things that never mattered.
Fill us with your power,
wash over us and through us with your love
then open our eyes to the real work you have for us.
We ask you to change us Lord, taking our brokenness and making us whole.
Take our weariness and aches and uncertainty
and renew us from the inside out.
You are the God who always is,
the God who never ceases
and we ask you to do a new thing today
and change everything.
© Rod Belt 2012, 2021