Aurora over snow

Sunday between 13 and 19 November, Year B
(Proper 28, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Inspired by Psalm 16, Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25 and Mark 13:1-8.

Opening Prayers or Call to Worship

God who came to us,
God who will come again,
God who is here now,

be in our thoughts
and in our hearts,
and in our senses.

Be in our words
and in our actions
now,
today
and always.

Amen.

 

Intercession

Lord who was and is and is to come,
who knows?
Who among us really knows when Christ comes?
But we see the signs of his presence all around.

In the myriad stars and the grandeur of galaxies
flung out across the unending sheet of space,
we see an unmissable sign of you.
As they shine through all our nights, guiding and reassuring us,
let us always be awed by every thing you have made
and let us seek to live lives that are beacons of hope to those around.

In the tiniest flower and mightiest roaming creature,
the clap of thunder and gently lapping waves
and in the cry of a new-born baby
we see signs of you.
Give us the will to care for this world that you have entrusted to us
and the desire to make it a better place.

In the hope of people who have no reason to hope,
the lonely and the despairing and the homeless and the refugees
who still dare to believe in tomorrow
we see signs of you.
[we think of… or brief pause]
Show us how to reach out and help,
To bring a real reason to look forward and not look down.

In the forgiveness we have received when we deserved none,
the smile that welcomed us when we were feeling alone,
in the gentle word and the generous offer
we see signs of you.
Help us today to pass on the love we received,
To lift the heart of one more person and make them smile.

In the change we see in ourselves,
sharp corners softened, sharp tongue stilled;
in the peace that keeps creeping back in when we have crowded it out
we see signs of you.
Give us always the desire to do the right thing
and make us better people day by day, year by year.

Around us the world looks for signs:
Signs of war, signs of peace,
Signs of an upturn or downturn
Or just of rain tomorrow,
But we see the signs of your hope in a needy world.
Help us as we set out to share that hope with everyone.

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.