Friday Theme – Forgiveness
The night has passed and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.
As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you.
Opening Prayer. **
Come, Father of the poor,
come, Light of our hearts,
come, Generous Spirit.
By the glory of your creation around us,
by the comfort of your forgiveness within us,
by the wind of your Spirit blowing through us,
Renew us, as we come glad to this new day.
The psalm of the day
suggested – 13, 14, 51, 62, 130
Lord God, you welcome us into your presence
Lord, have mercy
It is by grace that we are saved, not law
Christ, have mercy
You prune us in order to bear fruit
Lord, have mercy
Collect / Affirmation of Faith
God of earth, and sea, and sky;
God of bread, and wine, and story;
God of wind, and fire, and water;
who shaped us,
who remade us,
who fills us.
Take our lives,
body, heart and soul –
make us one with you
and with each other.
Give us your word on our lips,
and your blessing in our hands,
that the world may see and know,
and give you glory.
Scripture reading(s) for the day
Prayer of thanksgiving or prayer of concern.
For the moment,
briefly watching a butterfly.
For the minute,
as a gull flies across the sky.
For the hour
of prayer, just taking time.
For the day,
bringing newness, and opportunity.
For the week,
as we see someone or something grow.
For the life,
to know Your ever present hand.
We give you grateful thanks,
Today, may you live with
an open heart to receive the riches that God gives.
A forgiving heart for any unkind words or actions towards you.
A strong heart to resist any thought of self aggrandisement
and a still heart to withstand trials and criticism.
** Adapted from the Appendix for the Sunday Morning Communion
in The Iona Community Worship Book, page 65 in my edition