Prayers Rushall Parish

Prayers at Rushall Parish

As we begin Advent

We praise you, living God, for the words of Scripture
that breathe life into our prayers,
urgency into our complacency,
energy to our discipleship,
depth to our faith,
and warn, challenge and equip us
to prepare for Christmas more deeply,
more fully, more honestly and more purposefully.
In Jesus’ name.
Amen.

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Previous Prayers

to Christ our King

Lord Jesus, King of kings,
yet nailed to a cross;
Son of God,
yet with time for criminals;
we offer you our lives,
our successes and our failures,
our excuses and our honesty,
our desire to change and our reluctance.
Speak to us today and draw us closer to you,
that we may be transformed by your power and love –
so unexpected… so amazing... so humbling.
Amen.

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Remembrance Sunday

We praise you, eternal God,
for those who inspire us through their struggles,
for those who speak your word
though it is dangerous and costly,
for opportunities to learn from our mistakes
and to grow in wisdom.
We praise you,
and we look to you when we can find no answers
and see no future
– for you are our God in war,
in peace, in life, in death and for ever.
Amen.

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of trust

We praise you, loving God,
for the breath of life,
for the assurance of eternal life,
for the lives of all those we love,
and for your kingdom
where all fear will pass and all questions be answered,
as we grow into life in all its fullness.
Amen.

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For honesty

Merciful God,
thank you for your care for us;
thank you that you love it when we are honest before you,
thank you that we can bring ourselves to you,
in the full knowledge that you know us,
you hear our sincerest cries,
and you care for each one of us.
Amen.

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In an ever-changing world

Lord, you are our keeper,
the one who watches over us,
you are always present,
ever loving, ever faithful.
You are creator and redeemer.
We praise you
for your kindness and justice,
and for all that you are.
Amen.

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at harvest time

Heavenly Father, you have filled the world with beauty:
open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works;
that, rejoicing in your whole creation,
we may learn to serve you with gladness;
for the sake of him through whom all things were made,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.


In adoration

Lord, who calls the lost to be found,
who seeks to know us and be known,
we worship you.
We praise you for your constancy,
your faithfulness, your unending love,
and your undiminished passion
for the wellbeing of your people.
Amen.

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For all ages

Lord Jesus,
help me to follow you always.
When I have a choice to make,
help me to know what is the wise one.
Show me when my choices
could hurt other people, or the world.
Give me the courage always
to choose your way of love.
Amen.

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of welcome

Welcoming God,
thank you that we all have a place at your table;
thank you that we sit alongside the lowly,
the disadvantaged members of our society who are disregarded;
thank you that you turn everything upside down
and give priority to the poor not the powerful.
May we learn more about genuine humility
and how to make a place for everyone.
Amen.

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of Adoration

Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we can never see you in all your fullness,
all your glory, all your majesty.
Your greatness is beyond our understanding,
your deeds beyond our imagining,
your love beyond our deepest yearning.
You are the God we adore – certain, secure and sure.
You are God from one generation to the next,
not waning or changing, but forever our God.
Amen.

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As many struggle

Creator God,
we know that on this planet there is enough,
and indeed plenty for all.
Help us to be good stewards of your plenty,
working with you so that all may be fed,
all may be secure,
and all may come to know and honour you,
the giver of all good things.
Amen.

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As we look at ourselves and our world

You, God, are the centre of our being,
the plumb line by which we measure our lives.
For you are God of all,
and all are your children.
You are the promise of what is right
and the measure of what is wrong.
You are the teacher of love, respect and understanding.
In you we find sufficiency and more.
It is you, O God, we worship.
It is you and your ways we adore.
It is you and your giving that shows us how to live our lives.
Amen.

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As holidays approach

Almighty God, in a world of so many choices,
with so many options,
so many routes to take and roads to follow,
we give you thanks that in all the mix of life you are there,
you are here with us and always will be.
We give you thanks that you have inspired so many people
to live their lives with love and support and generosity.
We give you thanks that you have set hearts on fire
with passion and commitment to serve you and our neighbours
in the way you would have us do.
We give thanks that we can read and share your word,
know your truth, feel your peace
and have the freedom to choose right from wrong.
For all this and so much more, we give you thanks and praise.
Amen.

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In a troubled world

We gather in the power of your Spirit, O Lord.
Give us the wisdom to live in the Spirit,
and to show the fruit of the Spirit in who we are.
Make us people of love, joy and peace;
make us generous and kind;
and help us to shape our lives with gentleness,
faithfulness and self-control.
Amen.

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Sharing healing

God of light and life,
you see all our problems and our pains:
help us to open our hearts and minds to you,
to receive your healing and forgiveness,
and to learn how we can bring hope and healing to others.
Amen.

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As new growth appears

God of our past, present and future,
help us to see you at work in your creation –
as flowers lift their heads to the sun,
or trees shake their leaves.
Help us to see you at work in our daily lives,
in our routines and choices,
in our growing and our changing.
Help us to see you at work in all things.
In Jesus’ name.
Amen.

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With Easter Joy

Creator God, you made us in your image,
part of your wonderfully diverse creation,
fragile and yet fantastic in your eyes.
Be present with us today,
and in all we think and say and do.
Meet us and remake us,
shape our hearts and minds
that the pattern of our lives
may better reflect your life.
Amen.

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This Eastertide

Lord Jesus, we thank you that
although we cannot touch you as Thomas did,
we can reach out in prayer;
although we cannot put our fingers in your side,
we can proclaim you as our Lord and our God;
although we cannot see the marks of the nails,
we can open our hearts to receive your peace
and praise your wonderful name.
Amen.

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Holy Week

We are sorry, Lord Jesus, for the moments
when our hosannas are loud but lacking in love,
when we chase the lure of worldly power,
but miss the signs of heavenly glory
when we choose popularity over integrity,
when we would silence those who speak the truth
and are silent when we could speak out.
Forgive us, and inspire our steps as we follow you to the Cross…
and beyond. Amen.

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Passiontide

Ever-giving God,
we sometimes close our hearts to you and to others;
but your heart is always open,
pouring out your grace and love,
filling our lives with the fragrance of forgiveness
and friendship,
wiping away our fears and our regrets,
and receiving the thanks we would offer you.
May the trickle of our praise become a torrent,
and may the whole world be filled with your truth.
In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

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