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An acrostic prayer – Psalm 34

This week’s worship is inspired by Psalm 34 which is an acrostic poem following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  Written at one of the lowest points of David’s life, it is full of encouragement to drink deeply and feast with plenty on the One who provides – even in […]

Best and worst

*an opening prayer inspired by the story of David and his son, Absalom, in 2 Samuel 13-18 and Ephesians 5:1-2* Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and […]

Divine DNA

*a prayer inspired by Psalm 139* Lord, You know everything there is to know about us. You perceive every movement; You are present in every moment: Your Divine DNA woven into us within our mother’s womb as You shaped the delicate inside and the intricate outside and knit them all […]

A season for snuggling

*a winter prayer* O extraordinary God who reaches into the ordinary moments of our days and nights, with such tender, transforming touch: smoothing and shaping, healing and breaking, soothing and stretching, warming and pruning, I give You thanks and praise for this changing season which invites me to snuggle and […]

Glory

An opening prayer based on Psalm 29 (The Message) Bravo, God, bravo! All authorities and all angels shout, “Encore!” In awe before Your glory, in wonder before Your visible power. Yahweh Melek*, Yahweh Tsebaoth**, Your voice rolls over the waters like thunder tympanic:  smashing the cedars, skipping the mountain ranges, […]

In harmony

*an opening prayer, responding to the harmony in Psalm 133* Psalm 133 – The Passion Translation A song to bring you higher, by King David How truly wonderful and delightful to see brothers and sisters living together in sweet unity! It’s as precious as the sacred scented oil flowing from […]

Transfiguring Worship

The texts for Transfiguration Sunday this year expand on last week’s reading concerning God’s constant presence and activity (light) in our lives, focusing on the dramatic interplay between light and dark, veiling and unveiling, sight and blindness:  Psalm 50:1-6 – in both the rising and the setting of the sun, […]

A Gathering Prayer

Following on from the gathering in – with string idea that I recently shared is a prayer based loosely on Psalm 119:49-56 which connects us with the countless generations of men, women, and children who have experienced the faithfulness of God in the triumphs and the struggles of their lives. The naming […]

Grow up!

In Ephesians 4:1-16, the apostle Paul provides a perfect picture of what it means to be a Christian: walk – no! RUN – on the road God has called us to travel. No one sitting on their hands idle. No one strolling down a path that leads to nowhere. No […]