Prayer/Worship

Current Prayer Concerns / Please pray as you are able:

For all who are following changes after the Brexit vote; for those who have responsibility for planning a positive future; for those who may be frustrated and anxious about losing business and contracts.

For all people working in areas of work undergoing major structural change: staff in Local Authorities and Public Sector; Steel and heavy industry;  and High St retail staff facing competion from online retailing and local rates / parking issues.

Some prayers and reflections:

Maker of all:

Maker of all, we give thanks for the makers of things:
of great machines or tiny instruments, cars or spaceships;
steelworkers and carpetmakers, dressmakers and potters and all
who give us the world we know, with its comfort and convenience.
Forgive us when we misuse what they have made, or fail to value it.
Challenge us when they themselves are misused, ill-treated,
underpaid, insecure, unsafe, to support them and plead their cause.
For his sake who worked at a carpenter’s bench. Amen.

©Heather Pencavel, July 2016

The Prayer of Swindon Commercial Chaplaincy

God the Creator:  you involve us in the world we inhabit. You care for all our needs. In faith and trust help us to share our concerns with each other, recognising that we are joined by our humanity. Help us to work with integrity and confidence. Trusting in your loving care. Amen.

Thanksgiving for others’ work.

From whose work have we gained in the past week?

From nurses, tea growers, public vehicle cleaners, from research chemists, inventors and school teachers, public servants such as refuge collectors, Members of Parliament, from office workers and bankers, corner shop owners, from department store assistants, supermarket staff, and all who work in the media and manufacturing industries?

What has been the cost of all we have gained?

In others’ aching limbs and exhausted minds? In others’ difficult, even painful choices? In others’ boring work which leaves skills unstretched? In others’ breakdowns from overwhelming stress? In others’ industrial illnesses? In others’ amazing patience with our needs?

Poem by Bernard Bradley adapted.

Extract from ‘The Christian Juggler’ by Bryan Rippin.

Whatever fools we make of ourselves, and however imperfectly we assess situations, the involuntary movement of one person’s spirit towards another, sometimes a touch, an experience, a word, or an embrace – this is so near the way of the wandering teacher Jesus that, whatever the dangers, it remains the way for anyone who loves him to live too.

Meditation by Ian M Fraser

Not just to prayer and worship we’re committed
But, for the struggle for a new world fitted,
‘gainst principalities and powers we’re pitted:
we’re to be church.

Not just in buildings blessed by consecration,
in bank and business, coping with inflation,
and at the office, school and railway station:
we’re to be church.

Not just on Sundays, festivals observing,
but in the weekdays at a check-out serving,
God looks to us for faithfulness unswerving:
we’re to be church.

Not just for worship is the promise given,
earth has to be sustained – so that, in heaven,
work linked with prayer together show we’ve striven
here to be church.

Who is my neighbour?
”In serving each other, my neighbours are all around the world. look at the shoes you wear, the car you drive, your phone, the food you eat…”   Who is YOUR neighbour?

O Christ, the Master Carpenter

O Christ, the Master Carpenter,

who at the last, through wood and nails, purchased our whole salvation,

wield well your tools in the workshop of your world, so that we who come rough-hewn to your bench

may here be fashioned to a truer beauty of your hand.

We ask it for your own name’s sake.  Amen

(Traditional)

 

God you have set before us

God, you have set before us a great hope that your kingdom will come on earth, and have taught us to pray for its coming;

make us ever ready to thank you for the signs of its dawning,

and to pray and work for the perfect day when your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

(Traditional)

 

The Exhortation of the Dawn

Listen to the exhortation of the dawn:

Look well to this day!  For it is life; the very life of life.

In its brief course lie all the verities and the realities of your existence;

The bliss of growth; The glory of action; The splendour of beauty:

For yesterday is but a dream, And tomorrow is just a vision;

But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day! Such is the salutation of the dawn.

(From the Sanskrit)

 

A Litany for people who work

From a desire to control; From flagrant use of resources; From selfishness and a sense of self-importance; From the misuse of authority and power,

Good Lord, release us.

From easy compromise; From shameful practices; From bribery and corruption; From exploitation of people,

Good Lord, release us.

From extortionate pressures; From unachievable targets; From unsupportable expectations; From unreasonable delegation,

Good Lord, release us.

From discriminatory practice; From insensitivity to other’s needs and feelings; From fear of keeping silent; From fear of speaking out,

Good Lord, release us.

From a sense of despair; From feelings of rejection and worthlessness; From the experience of powerlessness; From the threat of insecurity,

Good Lord, release us

Remembering the generosity of your creation, Help us to find opportunities for our creativeness,

In you we trust, O Lord.

Remembering the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ, Help us to be prepared to give of ourselves that others may gain,

In you we trust, O Lord.

Remembering the agony and death of Jesus Christ, Help us to carry the feelings of betrayal and loss,

In you we trust, O Lord.

Remembering the redemption offered to us, Help us to be ready to forgive and accept,

In you we trust, O Lord.

Remembering the gift of the Holy Spirit, Help us to bring comfort, consolation and hope to others,

In you we trust, O Lord.

Remembering the Salvation promised to us, Help us to bring new life into our workplace,

In you we trust, O Lord.

Remembering your promise of eternal life, Help us to join in bringing in your kingdom in our places of work,

In you we trust, O Lord

 

 

 

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