Cara Heafey

Prayer for Trans Visibility Day — Cara Heafey, UK

31 March Transgender Day of Visibility Creator-God, mother and father of us all, you delight in all that you have made. We rejoice in the glorious diversity of your creation. You have room to hold us all inside your love. Rebel Christ, at home on the margins, you rejected the names and labels others imposed […]

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Christ the ‘King’ — Cara Heafey, UK

This was originally written to be used as the opening prayer on Reign of Christ Sunday (traditional Christ the King Sunday). In spite of its language, I have included this prayer because Cara uses it to creatively critique the language of masculine power traditionally used to describe Jesus. Jesus, this morning we hail you as […]

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Confession, Reign of Christ Sunday — Cara Heafey, UK

Jesus said, “My realm is not of this world.” And yet, we confess, sometimes we still get seduced by the values of empire: wealth and power and glory. Loving God, you see us as we are. You know our secret battles and all the ways in which we fail to live out your call upon […]

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Reign of Christ, Intercessions — Cara Heafey, UK

Originally written for Reign of Christ Sunday*,  the last Sunday of the Church Year. God of love: hear our prayer. This morning we think about those who hold positions of power. We ask that you bless them with wisdom, convict them with conscience and afflict them with compassion for all those who are affected by […]

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Reign of Christ, Call to worship — Cara Heafey, UK

Originally written for Reign of Christ Sunday*, the last Sunday of the Church Year. To be read responsively or by a single voice. Holy is the Creator of the heavens and the earth Of sunlight and starlight, forest and ocean. Holy is the composer of birdsong and thunderstorm. Let all creation sing praise! Holy is […]

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On-line communion thanksgiving — Cara Heafey, UK

Prayer after communion Please pray with me… Thank you for the grace that makes space for us at your table. Thank you for the familiar and beloved faces on our screens. Thank you for the closeness we experience through technology, and through sharing this meal together. May we continue our lives having been nourished and […]

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Lockdown Liturgy for Communion — Cara Heafey, UK

Participating in communion in my home, along with fellow Christians in their home, has proven, for me, a powerful expression of the living Body of Christ and the Priesthood of all Believers. Cara provides a complete communion liturgy to use on-line in either a live stream, podcast or Zoom-type platform. Ready-to-print copies: PDF Lockdown Liturgy […]

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Transforming our fears — Cara Heafey, UK

Our bodies are so fragile Our time here is so brief Our lives are but a single drop in the ocean of eternity And yet… We are known We are loved We are held May our fears about our death be transformed And may all our suffering be transfigured. May we discover, within ourselves, a […]

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Prayer of approach & confession — Cara Heafey, UK

Prayers of approach and confession Loving God Our souls sing out in worship And all of creation bursts forth with praise! For you look with compassion on all who suffer. You shed tears of sorrow with those in grief. You reach down into the dark pit of hopelessness. You kneel in the dust to lift […]

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John 2.1-11, Prayers of approach — Cara Heafey, UK

By Cara Heafey, UK inspired by John 2:1-11, Wedding in Cana (Epiphany 2 Year C) Prayers of approach and confession Ready-to-download and print: Cara Heafey- Wedding in Cana – Prayers of approach and confession WORD Cara Heafey- Wedding in Cana – Prayers of approach and confession PDF God, our creator and provider, we bring you […]

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Autumn Prayers of Approach and Confession — Cara Heafey, UK

God our creator, The glory of this season reminds us of your artistry As nature displays a riot of colour: Bright berries on the hedgerows, Trees aflame with oranges and reds, Golden leaves carpeting the rich dark earth. Let all creation sing your praise! God our provider, The bounty of this season reminds us of […]

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What lies beyond death? — Cara Heafey, UK

We wonder what lies beyond death. Perhaps nothingness? May it be a great expanse of freedom. Perhaps sleep? May you rest in peace. Perhaps reunion? May those you have loved, for whom your soul aches, be waiting to greet you. Perhaps belonging? May it bring an end to all loneliness and separation. Perhaps completion? May […]

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Prayer arising from 1 Samuel 3:1-10 — Cara Heafey, UK

Prayers of Approach Second Sunday of Epiphany, Year B Trinity Sunday Second Sunday of Pentecost, Year B   God our creator: You spoke the universe into being Your word is the source of all life You spoke through the prophets You speak to us still We praise you!   Jesus, teacher, storyteller: You spoke and […]

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Contemplating our final journey — Cara Heafey, UK

As we contemplate our final journey We face our deepest fears And recognise all that we long for. The whole of our lives has been bringing us to this point; The point of departure A threshold. Do not be afraid of the darkness. Let it enfold you like a blanket. Your ancestors have gone ahead […]

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Mothering God — Cara Heafey, UK

Inspired by Julian of Norwich Ready-to-use printable copies: WORD Mothering prayer, Cara Heafey PDF Mothering prayer, Cara Heafey Mothering God, you birthed the universe into being. Home-maker, your creation is habitat and sustenance to all that lives. How costly for you our freedom must be. How painful the separation From the parent who has numbered […]

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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? How do we verbalize the pain and suffering of creation — the people, the creatures, the land?  How do we respond to both natural disasters and […]

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Luke 2, Shepherd’s Report — Cara Heafey, UK

Luke 2:8-20 A shepherd’s recollection of that first Christmas, read as a dramatic monologue Note: shepherds and angel may be presented as female or male as desired.  Script It’s true! It sounds crazy, I know, but I’m telling you, it’s true. It was the most wonderful thing. We had the sheep in the fold for […]

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Christmas blessing — Cara Heafey, UK

Let us go from this place proclaiming that we have seen the glory of God Believing that there is a light that shines in the darkness Which the darkness shall not overcome   And may the love of the Creator The joy of the Spirit And the peace of the Christ-child Be with you this […]

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New Year blessing — Cara Heafey, UK

Let us look for Christ wherever we go Let us never stop seeking Believing that there is a light that shines in the darkness Which the darkness shall not overcome   And may the love of the Creator The joy of the Spirit And the peace of the Christ-child Be with you this New Year, […]

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Advent/Christmas Prayer of Approach — Cara Heafey, UK

This morning we have come to tell again The story of angels and shepherds Of disbelieving fathers and unlikely mothers This morning we have come to hear again The good, good news Of love born among us Of God here with us This morning we prepare to receive the gift Of a child born in […]

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Prayers for worship Proper 13 — Cara Heafey, UK

Year C – 11th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13) Prayer of approach Generous Creator, imaginer of the earth in all its rich diversity You invite us to come as we are, to receive the gift of abundant life. Rabbi Jesus, story-teller, You invite us to come as we are, to sit at your feet, to […]

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Psalm 139 retold — Cara Heafey, Oxford UK

I made you myself, carefully and lovingly. I gathered your molecules together, Scooping them out of them out of the dust, warming them into clay. I formed you, deftly With the skill and vision of an artist Into a unique creation. A tiny masterpiece. Your contours bear the imprint of my fingers. Your imperfections and […]

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Nearing Death

What words do we use to comfort and strengthen those who are nearing death?       Resources providing words for sharing with the dying and their loved ones:  

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Prayer for Lent — Cara Heafey, UK

Wild and restless spirit of God Accompany our Lenten journeys. Give us courage to spend time in the wilderness The place where you bring us face to face with ourselves. Help us to pray with honesty Help us to live with simplicity Make us hungry and thirsty for your life-giving presence. When we return to […]

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John 1:5, Come, shine in the darkness — Cara Heafey, UK

God, you are not distant from us You came to us in vulnerability You offered yourself as a gift of love. We pray today for those who are in the midst of darkness The darkness of poverty The darkness of loneliness The darkness of grief The darkness of despair Wherever shadows threaten to overwhelm Wherever […]

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Prayers for Remembrance Sunday — Cara Heafey, UK

Merciful God, your love embraces all of creation. Your realm knows nothing of the borders we draw between nations. You have taught us that every woman, man and child is our neighbour. You have commanded us to love, love, love, without thought of our own security, or glory, or gain. Remind us that you have […]

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