setting off

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

Lord,

You call us to worship you Lord,
each one of us,
every one of us,
a diverse throng of people.
We come with our own understandings,
unique ideas
and individual hopes and dreams
but to you we are one, we are yours,
you have called us all
and we come ready to worship and serve.

Amen.

 

Intercession

Lord,

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

Thank you for those in governments 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, shop assistants and street sweepers
who for some young people 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 try to bring new ideas and new ways,
labelled as useless 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.
Give us strength 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 and do it all a new way
and the courage to start now.

Amen.

All the prayers are free to use but I would happily accept a coffee to keep me going!

 

Rod

About the author: Writer and editor at DramatisDei, dramatist and dreamer.