For Luke 18:9-14

One: With our lips (touch lips)
All: we give thanks!
One: With our hearts (touch heart)
All: we give thanks!
One: With our minds (touch head)
All: we give thanks!
One: With our lives (swish from head to toe)
All: we give thanks!
One: For our lives within – (both hands to centre)
All: for the world around – (big round earth)
One: We give thanks, (cupped hands)
All: Loving God! (crossed arms)

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Christmas Eve

On this Night of nights, God most holy, we give you thanks –
thanks for this time together…
thanks for our families – by blood or by Spirit –
who gather with us to celebrate.
We give you thanks that you created us to be in this world.
Before we were born, you knew us.
You watched as our very bones began to form.
You continue to watch us – and to love us –
each and every day of our lives.
Thank you, loving God.
Thank you, loving God.

Out of that love you have given us an extraordinary gift –
a gift that is difficult to comprehend –
a gift of lived love –
the Christ!
Infant, child, teacher, healer, prophet, saviour –
one of us – one with you!
Thank you, loving God!
Thank you, loving God!

Even as we give thanks for this and all your gifts to us,
we realize that we have not always lived your love.
There are times we have closed our ears
to your messengers’ words.
There are times we have joined with the crowd in condemnation.
There are times we have turned away from real need,
saying, “No room. No room!”
There are times we have buried the presence of the Christ
so deeply within ourselves that our sharing becomes almost impossible.
For these – and all the times –
we have separated ourselves from you, O God –
we ask for your forgiveness.
Even more than forgiveness,
we ask for your wisdom and strength.
That when we face choices which allow us to turn away,
we would choose instead to turn towards you
and your love.

Loving God, hear the prayers of our hearts…
(a time for silent prayer)
Knowing that we are a forgiven and forgiving people,
we lift up our prayers for all who are in need…
* we pray for parents who must make hard decisions;
* we pray for children who are hurting and alone;
* we pray for those whose bodies or spirits are in need of healing;
* we pray for…

God, hear our prayers.
And, in your love, answer.

We pray all these things,
sharing in the words that Jesus gave to his disciples
and gives to us: Our…

(First printed in “gathering: resources for worship planners” Advent/Christmas/Epiphany 2007-2008)

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Lent 1 (Discipleship ‘U’) – Year A

(During Lent this year, we were exploring the six marks of discipleship: Uplifted through daily prayer. Nourished in weekly worship. Informed through daily conversation with scripture. Transformed through service to others. Engaged in Spiritual Friendships. Devoting our resources to God’s mission.)

God –

sometimes when we come to you,
we aren’t sure what to say.
sometimes when we come to you,
we’ve got more words
than our mouths can handle.
Thank you – for listening to us.
Thank you – for sharing with us.
Thank you – for being you.
Thank you!

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Thanksgiving – Year A

Take a deep breath.
Feel the air fill your lungs.
Feel the breath move through your body.
Feel the life within you…
and give thanks to God.
Thank you, God!
Look at the people around you.
Neighbour or guest,
child or adult?
Feel there presence beside you.
Feel the life within them…
and give thanks to God.
Thank you, God!
Look outward, into the beyond.
Look inward, into your soul.
Feel God’s presence outside and within.
Feel the life and the Spirit…
and give thanks to God.
Thank you, God!
For inviting us to be family.
For giving us new life.
For sharing with us the Christ.
For loving us, no matter what.
For healing and wholeness and truly love.

Thank you, God!
Thank you, God!

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Proper 28 – Year A (Matthew 25.14-30)

For our playful times and our serious ones –
thank you, God!
For our moments of laughter
and our moments of tears –
thank you, God!
For hopes fulfilled and ones to come,
for pasts unfinished and dreams not yet filled –
thank you, God!
For the time you give us,
and the talents you challenge us to risk –
thank you, God!
For holding what we give you,
and keeping it safe.
For loving us, even when we do not love you…
thank you, God.
Because we don’t always live out our love.
Because we don’t always live out your call.
Because we don’t always use
what you’ve given us, to the best of our ability –
forgive us, God.
Because we are sometimes paralyzed:
by fear, by longing, by anger, by greed,
by ourselves and by others.
Because we are sometimes paralyzing,
those who need to be set free…
forgive us, God.
Forgive us, God.
Show us your wisdom, we pray.
So that, next time, we might live into You.
Hear the prayers of our hearts, beloved God.
(silent prayer)

For all those in need,
we ask your blessing.
For all those in fear,
we ask your blessing.
For all those who have nowhere to turn,
we ask your blessing.
And, more than that,
we ask that we might be your blessing
to them,
using the gifts you have freely given,
to share your Love with all.

Thank you, Loving God.
Thank you, Loving God.

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