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Eternal God, thank you for the things that do not end: the wind swirling around the globe, the sea rocking back and forth in its seabed, the sun rising and setting as we spin through space. Thank you for all... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at leadinginworship
Lord, you know we give thanks for fish often enough, the ones on plates on our table, served up hot and tasty. Today we say a prayer for the fish we will never see, the ones who live in the... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at leadinginworship
Thank you God for giving us minds that think and ideas that soar. Thank you for giving us language and writing, and prosperity that enables education for many. Thank you for brilliant inventors who created technological marvels; radio waves radiating,... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at leadinginworship
Creator God thank you for indigenous and Inuit communities, strong after centuries of persecution. Families with deep bonds of love, wise with elders, rich in culture, lovers of the land, speaking with powerful voices that cannot be silenced. God of... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at leadinginworship
God of sea and sky, God of this great earth laid out under the sun, we come with thanks on our lips and praise in our hearts. Thank you for life and breath, and senses to experience the beauty all... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at leadinginworship
Welcome to worship at this turn of the season. As the temperatures dip we gather in the warmth of God’s presence, as the darkness grows we seek Gods light, as the earth rests from its labours we long for God’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at leadinginworship
Creator God, thank you that you order the change of the seasons. Thank you for the great upheaval that is fall. Billions of trees dropping every leaf. Birds heaving themselves across oceans to warmer continents. Animals burrowing, amphibians tunnelling, everyone... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at leadinginworship
The advent of darkness brings with it a host of fearful thoughts crowding; sickness striking and life changing forever, debts looming and bills that can't get paid, governments floundering and security teetering, nature hurling storms and earthquakes everywhere, humankind falling,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at leadinginworship
Hear our prayer for muddlers everywhere. People with good intentions doing the wrong thing, diligently. Seekers heading in the wrong direction, energetically. Helpers choosing the wrong methods, heartily. Do-gooders rushing in to make a difference, not realizing that the difference... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at leadinginworship
Great God: Thank you for the constant call we hear from you every day. The wind whispering around our ears, the birds singing to us from the trees, rain pinging on the window, the good earth inviting our steps. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at leadinginworship
What God has joined together now lies in pieces. What began with delight and tenderness, reeks now with bitterness and festering pain. What began with soft words of love, grates now with harsh words of blaming. Jesus, we look for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at leadinginworship
You are the Great Provider, the Giver of all gifts; your love the only true currency. Thank you for putting money into our hands, and so we freely offer it back to you, for use in your service. We do... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at leadinginworship
We come to the Lord’s supper together as children of our one God. Jesus makes the guest list, not us. Our family, chosen by God, is gathered from west and east, and includes everyone, even the lowest and the least.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
You are invited to the table of our Lord Jesus Christ Here we have a feast for the people of God, a sign of Jesus’ body and blood given in love to save us. Everyone who has committed their lives... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
God, thank you for the dawn that comes every morning, even after our darkest nights. We give you thanks for life resurrecting from the death of winter. For birds singing their spring songs in the dark before the dawn; for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
Early in the morning we come to you, Lord, with gratefulness and wonder, with awe at your power to save us. This morning we want to follow the women to the tomb. We want to hear the surprising words, “He... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
God of Resurrection, we come on this most holy of mornings, thankful and awed by your power to save us. Thank you for the gift of your son Jesus Christ whose resurrection brings us life. You know us, Lord, in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
Great God of heaven and earth; we come to sing of your mighty power this morning, your wisdom, your goodness, your strength flaming out. We come to give thanks for great gifts. This morning, we ask that you would resurrect... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
Holy Spirit, we need your presence here on planet earth. Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem, it is there he was crucified. Today many still suffer in that same city. Racism and oppression are rampant; a giant dividing wall of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
Jesus, you walked a dark path; you took on the suffering of the world as your own. And so today we pray for all who suffer. We see your face in the face of those in captivity, and so we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
God of grace, we have dragged ourselves to church with heavy hearts. We are reluctant to hear this story of Jesus’ suffering, we would rather skip this somber day and go straight to Easter. We long for happy hymns that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
When you arrived in Jerusalem and the crowds gathered and cheered, you gathered your followers in an upper room. Were they expecting to hear a plan of attack for the takeover of Jerusalem? Were they expecting your master plan for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at leadinginworship
God of hope, hear our lament. Since we heard the news of ____________________ our minds are reeling. This is violence happening in our own neighbourhood. Some of us knew the victims, some know people who knew them. Our community is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at leadinginworship
For richer, for poorer, for better, for worse. I made these vows, God, before you and witnesses. You know I meant them. But how worse is worse? What does faithfulness mean when he hurls his dinner at the wall? What... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at leadinginworship
God, you see our world. The girl baby told she is sweet and lovely, the boy baby praised for strength and power. The little girl told to be quiet and sit still, the boy allowed to run and play because... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at leadinginworship