|Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
| I'm tired of your feasts...
A sacrifice of praise
A parade of the faithful
| RS 378
| Awake my soul, and with the sun
For the beauty of the earth
I'll praise my maker while I've breath
Have faith in God my heart
All my hope on God is founded
|The Almighty God, the LORD speaks;
he calls the whole earth, from east to west.
He says, "Gather my faithful people to me,
those who come to offer a sacrifice."
What sacrifice does the Lord require?
Let our giving of thanks be our sacrifice to God.
|We come to worship with minds fit to bursting. We have things to
do, messages to pass on, stuff to arrange; we have decisions to make, plans
to fulfil and places to go. Holy Spirit, calm my mind.
We come to worship with burdens to bear. We have problems in our relationships, there are people we have hurt, we have made poor choices; there are things that frighten us, things that hold us back, things that enslave us. Holy Spirit, lift my heart.
We come to worship with unfulfilled dreams. Our lives aren't going where we want them to; our deepest desires for fulness of life and depth of being constantly evade us. Holy Spirit, make my Spirit soar on eagle's wings.
We come to worship with so much to offer. Our lives are full of opportunities for joy and thanksgiving, for sharing and for caring; we have enough to live on, and more besides; we have the strength of a loving community of Christians right across the town. Holy Spirit, open our hands to a generosity that doesn't stop to count the cost.
We come to worship with so many needs. Holy Spirit, fill us, renew us, challenge us, and inspire us.
|For the times when our worship was an empty, meaningless habit: Lord,
For the days when good intentions were crowded out by selfish concern: Lord, forgive us.
For the words that were calculated not to heal, but to harm: Lord, forgive us.
For the opportunities to enhance life that we let slip by: Lord, forgive us.
For the thousand little compromises that weakened our witness: Lord, forgive us
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness. Release us from our burden of failure and set us free to serve you in newness of life. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
|Lord of all good, our gifts we bring to thee,
use them thy holy purpose to fulfil:
tokens of love and pledges they shall be
that our whole life is offered to they will.
We give our mind to understand they ways,
Father, whose bounty all creation shows,
Prayer of Intercession
In Micah 6 it is written
With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
Compassionate God, we know that you do not crave sacrifice of animals or
children or oil.
Instead we want to offer up our sacrifice of praise, of faith, of justice.
We pray for people caught up in civil war, those swept along in a tide of
hatred against anyone different from themselves and those who suffer because
of it. For children who have witnessed unmentionable atrocities which will
haunt them for the rest of their lives. For those who have lost family members,
We pray for people who are hungry. For those who live in countries frustrated
by the debt burden they bear. Where much of the countries budgets is taken
up with repayments to the west. We pray that a chance may be given, and taken,
to make a change. We pray for those in government that they will put the
needs of the poor first.
We pray for people who feel hopeless. Trapped in areas of high unemployment, of drink and drug abuse, of despair. People who don't know what to do or who to turn to. For those who suffer discrimination and those who are abused. We pray that those who are in government may look with compassion on these communities, to help people to help themselves, bringing self respect back to individuals and the areas they live in.
And we pray for those people and situations that weigh heavy on our hearts.
We talk about them to you in a time of quiet.
Compassionate God, we bring these prayers to you.
We pray in Jesus' name. Amen