Prayers of thanks — Katherine Baxter, UK

As we go about our busy and frenetic lives we thank you for your on-going unfailing love, that at times we almost forget is there. We thank you, that you are always present in our lives, behind and before us. Your love is so great that we know you will never let us down, you […]

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Falling into temptation, the Lord’s Prayer anew

Ever felt uncomfortable praying ‘Lead us not into temptation’? Ever wondered why God would need to be asked to refrain from leading us toward that which tempts us? The French Catholic Church (Bishops, March 2018) has altered their translation of this troubling petition to read: ‘Ne nous laisse pas entrer en tentation.’  In English: ‘Do not […]

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ColourWeaving Prayer — David Yeo Poulton, UK

What of colour and faith?  What colour would you assign to love or to peace?  What colour symbolises God or Jesus?  How would you use colour to describe the feelings and emotions of trust, joy, anger, depression, dreams, hope, loneliness, or thankfulness? David explains: ‘As a Christian with dyslexia (dyslexia comes from the Greek meaning […]

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Open Table –Growing in the habit of prayer

Theme:  Growing in the habit of prayer A complete worship service weaving together scripture, drama, reflection & conversation Compiled & written by Ana Gobledale for Open Table   This service is designed for a congregation gathered around tables.  It can easily be adapted for a more traditional setting. The Leader’s Sheet includes the entire service, with […]

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Love words

Words of love express our care and compassion, inviting others into relationship. Explore these resources to discover ‘Love Words’ relevant to your experience and situation, to use in both group worship and personal devotions.   Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Love Words’ resources . . .

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Wisdom Words

Words to move us from indecision to certainty, from doubt to trust, from unknowing to knowing . . . Explore these resources to discover ‘Wisdom Words’ relevant to your experience and situation, to use in both group worship and personal devotions.   Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all […]

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Peace Words

Words of reconciliation and bridge-building, trust and serenity . . . Explore these resources to discover ‘Peace Words’ relevant to your experience and situation, to use in both group worship and personal devotions..   Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Peace Words’ resources . . .    

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Praise Words

Words of praise exhilarate and empower, catapulting us into joyful action. Explore these resources to discover ‘Praise Words’ relevant to your experience and situation.     Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Praise Words’ resources . . .    

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Meditation Words

Words to slow the pulse, calm the breath, settle the soul . . . Explore these resources to find Meditation Words relevant to your experience and situation.     Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Meditation Words’ resources . . .    

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Words of Justice

With words we cry out for justice in our lives and our world. Explore these resources to discover ‘Justice Words’ relevant to your experience and situation.     Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Justice Words’ resources . . .      

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Strengthening Words

Words connect us to the power and strength we need to meet the day. Explore these resources to find ‘Strengthening Words’ relevant to your experience and situation.     Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Strengthening Words’ resources . . . Featured image:  African Beauty in opalstone […]

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Healing words

Words can reach out to pain and suffering, bringing renewal and new life. Explore these resources to discover ‘Healing Words’ relevant to your experience and situation.     Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Healing Words’ resources . . .  

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Hopeful words

Words of hope defy despair. Words of hope buoy us when we sink, hold us when we falter. Explore these resources to discover Words of Hope relevant to your experience and situation.   Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   ‘Words of Hope’ resources: an alphabetical listing

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Gratitude words

Words of thanks and gratitude illuminate the path of life. Explore these resources to discover ‘Gratitude Words’ relevant to your experience and situation.     Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Gratitude Words’ resources . . .

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Candlelight words

Accompanying a flickering flame, words bring light into the darkness, illumination into the wondering . . . Explore these resources to discover ‘Words by Candlelight’ relevant to your experience and situation.   Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Words by Candlelight’ resources . . .  

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Prayer response to natural disasters — Meighan Pritchard, USA

When the earth shakes, the lightning flashes, the tsunami rolls across the waters;   when the snow whites out the roads, the floods wash out bridges and homes, the wildfires rage across the ridges;   when the tornados race through town, the hurricanes churn up the coast, the heat waves wipe out crops—   then, […]

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Prayer for peace, Order of St Luke — Australia

Dearest Friend, gentle Spirit, breath of live, source of our being, from the peacefulness of silence, the silence that preceded Creation, your Word entered the void and said, “Let there be light.” This afternoon we sit mindful that we are kin and covenanted to that Word and to your light. We are grateful to you, […]

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Psalm 105 prayer, Australia

Inspired by Psalm 105 Lectionary for Year A: 8th Sunday after Pentecost 3th Sunday after Pentecost 16th Sunday after Pentecost We remember your wonderful works and we give thanks We sing praises, we tell of your strength, your faithfulness, your holiness, and we ask, how do we bring glory to you? Your judgements are over […]

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Soar, a poem — Nicola Slee, Australia:

Used with permission, from Nicola’s book, Seeking the Risen Christa (SPCK, 2011)  which can be purchased at Amazon.   Such a fast one You came running towards us Over the morning grass Then off, off forth on swing Sweeping smooth on a big wind Out of our sight I want to come with you Fly with […]

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Prayer of adoration — Louise Gough, UK

Loving God who conceived life, originates ingenuity, embraces individuality, welcomes everyone, celebrates diversity, encourages unity, offers serenity, gifts simplicity, lavishes compassion, we worship you!   Living Jesus who breathes our air, walks our streets, feels our pain, sheds tears, enjoys company, bubbles with laughter, holds our hands, we worship you!   Gentle Spirit who strengthens […]

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Great Love, a version of the Lord’s Prayer — Stephen Best, UK

ready-to-print copies: WORD Lord’s Prayer – Stephen Best, UK PDF Lord’s Prayer – Stephen Best     Great Love; the root and sap of our evolving fullness, Nudge us forward in our creative potential So we may flourish for the common good. In each mindful moment, help us recognise that We free ourselves from the […]

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Intercessory prayers — adapted from Christian Aid resource, UK

This multi-voice responsive prayer might incorporate groups of readers or individual voices.  Group/Voice 1 states the facts about the suffering in our world.  Group/Voice 2 lifts up those taking action to improve the situation and change the world.  Group/Voice 3 voices a prayer request.   Leader:  Through our faith, we reach out to God, interceding […]

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Who is God? — Eleanor Hubbard, USA

For Emalyn (a youth being mentored by Eleanor) I see God skiing in the snow-capped mountains. I see God suffering with the ragged guy begging for help. I see God sharing in the worship services at our church. I see God playing in graphic artistry. I see God enjoying diverse cultures: how they live, work, and […]

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Prayers for Today — Christina White, UK

Day’s Beginning O God, You have birthed the world And us. You have washed us, Dressed us, Fed us, Set us on our way in the school of life. Give us courage to stand strong, To meet all that comes our way with kindness, Learn from all with an open heart, And remember always That […]

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Prayers of Intercession

Praying for others… Praying for our world… What words do we use to express the pain of our world? How do we meaningfully express our concerns, fears and anger?   This time of ‘Sharing and Caring‘* offers a primary opportunity in worship to look outwards and to discern our responsibility for responding. *Sharing & Caring — […]

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Prayers of Confession

  Words seeking the deepest places Words for rigorous honesty Words to cleanse the spirit, mind and soul     Newest posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Words of Confession’ resources . . .     Featured image:  Holocaust Memorial, San Francisco, California USA

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Pastoral Prayers

What words reach out to a gathered congregation? Do they bring comfort? Challenge? A call for renewal and re-commitment? Are we free or stuck in a formula? What words enable God to speak through us?   Newest related posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Pastoral Prayers’ resources . . . […]

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Vestry Prayers

Time for worship has arrived. Worship leaders gather for prayer. What words will inspire us? guide us? ground us? What words will remind us of the need for both humility and authority? What words will connect us to our common purpose, faith and God? This quiet time for gathering and invoking the presence of the […]

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Psalm 121 Prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A   I lift up my eyes to the hills… We lift up our hearts To you, Spirit of the Universe God will not let your foot be moved… Trusting you to hold us securely When we feel caught in the mire of indecision When we hesitate to step forward […]

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Psalm 32 prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

Inspired by Psalm 32 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C     Eternal One, You have blessed us. You have forgiven our hurtful actions. You have blocked out our mistakes and wrongs. When you add up our errors, the total always seems to vanish. And we start with a clean slate. You erase our shame […]

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Prayer for empathy, vulnerability and curiosity — Australia

Our God We pray for Empathy – seeking to understand: ideas, people, situations, ourselves, our faith, our hopes, seeking, exploring the why of life, the why of who we are. seeking because we know that only by seeking, do we go beyond ourselves, to where answers reside, answers that we had never considered. And we […]

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Stay with us, a prayer, Luke 24:13-49 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Luke 24:13-49 Third Sunday of Easter, Year A Theme: The road to Emmaus   Spirit of new hope and promise… Stay with us in our places of hopelessness and despair. Spirit of joy and delight… Stay with us in the shadows of grief and terror. Spirit of forgiveness and mercy… Stay with us in the […]

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Words for personal devotion

Words resting  in the silence of our hearts Words spoken into eternal presence Word felt Words uttering our deepest need and strongest faith, our doubts and uncertainties Prayers for Sunday Prayers for Monday Prayers for Tuesday Prayers for Wednesday Prayers for Thursday Prayers for Friday Prayers for Saturday Prayers for today, words for you:   […]

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Prayer and Action for Peace — Ana Gobledale, UK

            Peace Your promise Our hope   Peace in our communities… Unite us to raise our voices against violence in our homes in our churches in our schools in our work places   Peace on our earth… Unite us to take a stand, to act to become eco-churches to go green […]

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Where do you live God?

Where do you live, God? Where can I find you abiding? I find you in moments of awe – breathing in the odor of lavender I find you in moments of wonder – looking across the icy waters toward the snow-covered hills I find you in moments of anxiety—lighting the flame of a devotional candle […]

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Progressive Christianity USA’s Liturgy Project

The USA-based Liturgy Project provides hundreds of liturgical posts by authors around the globe.  The free worship planning material is easy to locate using an extensive index. “Progressive Christianity is an open, intelligent and collaborative approach to the Christian tradition and the life and teachings of Jesus that create pathways into an authentic and relevant religious experience.” […]

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