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Sunday between 25 September and 1 October, Year B
(Proper 21, 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Inspired by Mark 9:38-50, Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 and James 5:13-20.

Opening prayers or Call to worship

You call us to worship you Lord,
each one of us,
every one of us:
a river of people, all so different from each other.
We come with our own understandings,
our own histories,
unique ideas
and individual hopes and dreams;
but you see what we don’t see,
you see us as one,
your people,
all called
to stand in your presence.
Help us today
to hear you
and to respond to you.

Amen

 

Intercession

Lord,
you send many to do your work.
Some do your will intentionally, others never know what they did
but we rejoice in them all
and see that by your power and in your love
wonders are done.

Thank you for those in government around the world
who strive to make their nations better places to be,
often in the face of cynicism, slander or just crashing indifference.
Lord, guide them as they touch and change your world.

Thank you for those who work amongst the poorest people,
providing education, medical care, agricultural and engineering knowledge
and doing these things just because it is the right thing to do.
Lord, guide them as they touch and change your world.

Thank you for all those who are faithful servants in our communities:
the teachers and youth workers,
health professionals and shop assistants and street sweepers
who for some young people they are the only fixed points in a crazy life.
Lord, guide them as they touch and change your world.

Thank you for the leaders of your church
who frequently face opposition from everyone:
criticised when they bring new ideas and fresh approaches,
labelled as pointless if they don’t.
Lord, guide them as they touch and change your world.

Thank you for this congregation,
this odd assortment of individuals each just trying to do their best
and together trying to build God’s world.
Give us boldness and direction in all the work we do
and belief in the prayers we raise.
[today we bring prayers for… or brief pause]

Lord, give us the power to change your world,
the openness to work with anyone who shares our vision,
the confidence to do it all in brand new ways
and the courage to start right now.

Amen

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Take a look at my Christmas drama scripts and bring more light to your services or assemblies this season!

 

Rod

About the author: Writer of DramatisDei, dramatist and dreamer.