I have written these prayers for you to freely use in any church service or other gathering. Most of the prayers have a Lectionary year and date to suggest when they might be used but don’t feel bound by that – if the theme fits yours, use it!
So many in this world are refugees, leaving a cherished land behind, nothing ahead but vague hopes and shadowy fears. (19-25 June Year B)
Let us see again through new eyes, a child’s eyes, full of wonder, full of hope. (23-29 October Year B)
Burn your gospel of peace into the essence of our being and your gospel of love into the core of who we are (Pentecost Year A)
We’re coming home Lord, From the dreams of last night and the tangled thoughts of today. (Fourth Sunday in Lent Year C)
We are sometimes slow and foolish, so open our ears and eyes. (Third Sunday of Easter Year A)
Let us offer help before we offer opinion, and let us show humility before we show judgement. (Fourth Sunday of Easter Year C)
We are called to love God, also to love strangers. Not just love a bit, but love in abundance. (30 October to 5 November Year B)
Help us always to be amazed and to never to take any of this for granted. Make us glad to share the fruits and resources with anyone and everyone because you made it for all.
Give us a second chance, Lord, to do those things today that we should have done yesterday; to say those things we should have said yesterday. (Third Sunday in Lent Year C)
Help us to travel lightly Lord, as we walk into each new day. Do we need all our things, the comforts and gadgets and clutter? (3–9 July Year B)
Short advent-candle lighting scripts with weekly themes of the future, justice, joy and peace.
(Fifth Sunday of Easter Year A) “Show us how to give up the life we struggle to have And help us to take up your offer of abundant life, wonderful life And then to bring the joy of your life…
Come suddenly with power and love unimaginable, leading us into dreams and adventure and success and failure. (Pentecost Year B)
You are a king of all and for all, with all and in all, forgetting nothing and forgiving everything. (20-26 November Year B)
On the frst Sunday of Advent the candle lighting script is based on the theme of Expectation, and the intercessions calls for us to be God’s light in dark places. (First Sunday of Advent Year C)
We are trying Lord, trying to walk in your footsteps, follow your path and we are not really very good at it. (16-22 October Year B)
If we shut our eyes really tightly we can see a sea of lights, the multitude of those who have set out on your journey of faith.
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. (2-8 October Year B)
Fill us with your spirit and the desire to tell everyone that this is the year – The year when they could make a difference. (21-27 January Year C)
Short advent-candle lighting scripts with weekly themes of expectation, preparation, justice and joy.
On the second Sunday of Advent the candle lighting script is based on the theme of preparation, and the intercessions ask God to prepare us to reach out to this world. (Second Sunday of Advent Year C)
Original prayers for you to use in any Sunday service. “to most it is a voice far off, indistinct, uncertain, But if we listen very very hard we might hear the words: This is my son”.
We hear you calling us out of our safe places, beckoning us onward to journey uncomfortably with you (19-25 June Year A)
You transformed a belief in laws into a faith of grace; you transformed the everyday into the extraordinary. (14-20 January Year C)
We have heard a voice saying “give it up, give it all up” and so we have come to offer up to you all our burdens, our fears, our relationships, our hopes. (11–17 September Year B)
Protect us as we venture into new things, as we become the people you already see. (4-10 February Year C)
The days are short and the wind cold, and in our houses there are dark, shadowy corners. But with love and hope help us to bathe our world in sparkle and wonder.
We’ve tried to be good Christians when we should have been good friends. We’ve tried to be right when we should have been fruitful. Help us to be fruitful Lord. (2–8 October Year A)
As we watch the news, chat and hear stories, surprises and shocks, joys and heartbreaks, Open our minds to understand and our hearts to love. (Fifth Sunday of Easter Year B)
Can anything good come from this place, from the shuttered shops and minds? Somewhere, or everywhere, your voice is calling, calling us to be the difference. (14-20 January Year B)
All the prayers are free to use but if you would like to make a voluntary payment the price of a coffee would keep me working!