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Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration on Life

Prayers of Confession on Life

Almighty and everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being, you created us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they find rest in you. Grant to us such piety of heart and strength of purpose that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, and no weakness from doing it. In your light may we see life clearly and in your service find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The Book of Worship, 1965


How can we praise you

In life’s ordinary moments,

bus, car or train,

pedestrian moments,

at home and employment,

with all those distractions.

How can we praise you?

How can we praise you

when time is so precious,

appointments and targets

distracting our focus,

muddying waters,

made clean for your purpose.

How can we praise you?

How can we praise you?

Through all of our actions,

a smile and a greeting,

a shoulder to lean on,

a word in due season,

love and compassion,

in all situations

John Birch, Faith and Worship


Father: today we celebrate your gift. 

At creation you gave us the gift of life; 

Through the life, death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus,  

you gave us new life;  

At his ascension, we gained a mediator  

who prays for us every day. 

But today we celebrate another gift:  

the gift of your presence with us all the time and everywhere; 

the gift of your life living in us and through us; 

the gift of Your self in the Holy Spirit come to us – 

to enable us to live the way you call us to live, 

to equip us to serve you as you call us to serve, 

and shape us more and more in to the image of Jesus. 

THANK YOU for the gift of you. 

And may others know the same gift of your Spirit. 

Richard Herman