last night's grace was on the theme of seeds and a lovely communion service. these are a few of the prayers that those of us planning it wrote - and i am adding them as a worship trick - 65 in series 4...
Gardener GodForgive us for the times we have kept our seeds in the packetFor the times we’ve been too scared to risk, too selfish to love, too embarrassed to tryGardener God, have mercy on usForgive us for where we have let weeds grow in the soil of our livesFor the times we have forgotten to pray,for the days when we don’t bother to listen,for the moments when we neglect the stirring of your spiritGardener God, have mercy on usForgive us for when we have trampled on the seedlings of othersThrough careless words or outright criticism,through envy or feeling threatened,through being insensitive or wrapped up in ourselvesGardener God, have mercy on usForgive us for when we think it’s all down to usWhen we forget that to grow we need the earth of our community,The water of other people’s contribution,The sunshine of your favour,The nutrients that come through conversation and challengeGardener God, have mercy on us
affirmation (based on the grace ethos/values create, participate, risk, engage):
We believe in the Creator who imagined this worldAnd then made it with all its earthy gloryWho made us in God’s imageWith the same gift of imaginationMade to CREATETo look after the earth and develop its resourcesWe believe in Jesus the Son of GodWho most perfectly embodied that God like imageHe was able to see what God was doing and join inParticipating in the overflow of God’s love for the worldWho call us to PARTICIPATEIn the the same love for the worldWe believe in the Spirit of LifeWho animates us with the breath of GodWho assures us that we are God’s childrenWho calls us to RISKTo offer up the gifts we have been givenWe believe that one day God will make all things newWhile we wait we will ENGAGEIn our communities, our neighbourhoods and our workplacesBringing foretastes of that new creation nowSharing the good news of God’s wonderful KingdomAmen
Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground a dies it remains a single seedbut if it dies it will produce lots of wheat.Wheat is ground to make flourFlour is mixed with water, salt and yeast to make bread.Bread is your bodyYour body is brokenFor healingUnless a grape pip falls to the ground and dies it remains a single seedbut if it dies it will produce lots of grapes on the vine.Grapes are crushed to make juiceJuice is mixed with water, yeast and sugar to make wine.Wine is your bloodYour blood is poured outFor forgivenessThank you so much for gifts of bread and wine to remember you byThank you so much for being the seed that fell to the ground and diedthat we might have new lifeSend your Spirit on these giftsCome to the tableYou are welcome if you are waitingYou are welcome if you are buriedYou are welcome if you are hiddenYou are welcome if nothing’s happeningYou are welcome if you are growingYou are welcome if you are flourishingAll are welcome at God’s table,especially those who know they are poor, weak and broken.God is here, the One who makes the seed growAmen