Lord Jesus, we wish you would ride into our town, that crowds would welcome you with shouts of “Praise God” – but maybe you would weep over it, as you Jerusalem. We pray for our town and all who live here
- You drove out the money-changers in the Temple, you created mayhem. You hate corruption, you hate systems that exclude people. You do something about it. Stir us up to action for change
- You challenged your disciples to have faith. You challenged them to pray earnestly. Help us to do both
- You faced up to questioners bombarding you from all sides. Often we dodge getting involved in discussions/arguments about our faith. Help us to stop dodging the issue, and help us to be ready to learn more about our faith so that we are not so vulnerable when we do get caught up in arguments
- You met with your friends for the Passover meal, when the past, the present and the future come together as God’s mighty act of salvation is remembered and celebrated. As we share in bread and wine may we be aware of what you did, of your presence with us now, and your promises for the future
- In the face of your suffering and love what we say. Forgive us
- As the disciples were filled with despair by what happened, may we be filled with hope, with courage, with renewed commitment
As we say ‘Goodbye’ to 2016
what will we remember?
A summer of sport?
Something more personal?
Something good, or something bad?
What about 2017?
Are we looking forward with expectation?
Or with fear, loneliness, worry?
For all that has been:
we give thanks for your presence with us
your love and your forgiveness
For all that is to come:
we ask for the strength to keep trusting in you
for the growth of your Kingdom in Dumbarton
for growth in our two congregations
and for peace and justice in your world
Christ the Lord is born today,
See him on a bed of hay
Come with us and we can say,
“Thank you, God, for Jesus”.
Thank you, God, for all your love
Freely given from above.
Help us give this love away
Born in us at Christmas
As we thank you for what you did for us long ago
and for all that we have now
we pray for those for whom Christmas is not a happy time
those living with the worry or pain of illness or grief
those who are lonely
those separated from loved ones
those who lack shelter or food
those worried about money or job
those who live in fear of their lives