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Prayers for 7-13 January (C) - A Voice Calling

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Sunday between 14 and 20 January, Year B / Second Sunday after Epiphany
(Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Inspired by John 1:43-51 and 1 Samuel 3: 1-10.

Opening prayers or Call to worship

We hear a voice calling to us,
it shakes the earth and bends the trees.
We see a light where we expect no light,
we feel a touch on our heart.
Our despair evaporates,
our boredom flees,
our anger seems like a thing out of place.
We hear a voice like no other:
come to me, come to me.
So we have come in expectation
and we are ready.




The people of this world have heard something,
though to most it is a voice far off, indistinct, uncertain,
obscured by the din of each day and the chaos of the age.
But if we listen very very hard we might hear the words:
this is my son.

So when there are times of need,
when people are seeking answers,
when they are looking for help
they cry out, uncertain if anyone will listen.

We know you are listening, Lord. Help us to listen too.

Help us to hear the wail of the poverty-stricken refugees,
fleeing from drought or war or flood or lawlessness.
[we particularly think of…]
Give us the strength to not turn our faces away.
Give courage and wisdom to those who are working against all odds to build better futures
and help us to seek out ways to play our part.

Help us to hear the groan of those burdened with cares,
troubled by finances or family or work.
[we particularly think of…]
Show us how to be good friends and good listeners
and help us to be honest about our own problems
so that we can be channels of your peace.

Help us to hear the sigh of the lonely and the elderly,
wanting to be loved, wanting to be involved, not wanting to ask.
Remind us that it is individuals you care about, not plans and schedules,
and give us the love and the patience to spend time just chatting.

Help us to hear the whisper of the sick,
hurting physically, hurting inside.
[we particularly think of…]
Bring your healing and your comfort
and show us how to care for the carers, supporting them in all their needs.

Help us to hear the unspoken deep longings of those around us,
hoping for rest, hoping for friendship, hoping to be valued.
May we always strive to be good friends, honest and open
and each day of our lives
be available to help create that space
where people can hear your voice.


© Rod Belt 2013, 2023
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