A Liturgy for All

A Liturgy for All, Regardless of Label

By R. M. Sugrue

Call to worship

To the God who walks on wounded feet and heals with wounded hands,

To the God who stands beside us wounded, all knowing and all loving,

To the God of imperfections

We offer our imperfect praise,

Trusting in the perfect love of the God who knows what it is to be truly human.

 

Prayer of approach

God of pain and God of peace, Mother and Father of us all,

Created in your image we inherited what makes us human,

The ability to think, communicate, reflect, record and create.

These gifts are precious and we give you thanks.

Though we have gifts in common, we are not all alike,

Each of us is a different individual, unique and special,

We come before you rejoicing in difference.

We come before you knowing each child is given a different blend

of gifts and experiences, that shape, and keep shaping the adult.

Every person in your world is differently abled,

Every person in your world is differently disabled

Help each of use what we can to enhance our lives and your world. Amen

 

Offering

God, help us to know the truth of your love in our lives;

Enable us to grow in the grace we need

to be agents of change for a better world.

We dedicate ourselves and our gifts to your service. Amen.

 

Prayer of intercession

God of our yesterdays
and God of our tomorrows
we ask that you be with us now,
God of our today.

 

We are an Easter People!

We have experienced the resurrection,

Yet often we behave like your pre-Easter followers,
uncertain and unprepared.
Help us claim our Easter heritage

and live with confidence.

Equip us for what is to come.
Help us to travel light
carrying what is best from the past to the future.

 

God of Vision and New Possibilities
open our hearts and minds to the reality of your presence.
God of Light illuminate the dark places of our lives.
We are not perfect people.
Come through the cracks of our imperfections and fill us with your light.

We pray for all marginalised people.
Those who suffer discrimination because of: gender, race,

sexual orientation, physical or mental impairment.
Give them strength and belief in their worth.
We pray for those active in discrimination,
and those who allow it to happen.
May they know what they do.
May they understand the hurts they cause.

We gather our thoughts in this sacred place
knowing that you have heard each sincere desire.
We long for a time when all people are valued.

May our unconditional love flow from us to others
May it swirl and curl through this year
embracing all who seek a better life. Amen

Hymn AA 158 Who is my mother, who is my brother… Murray/Render

 

Affirmation

With your help O God:

We reject victim mentality - we will live as survivors

We will do the best we can - we will be people of faith.

 

Benediction/Commission

For the God who walks on wounded feet and heals with wounded hands,

For the God who stands beside us wounded, all knowing and all loving,

For the God of imperfections,

We go into our wonderful and imperfect world to reflect God’s perfect love,

and in so doing, claim what it is to be truly human.

 

 

 

 

A shortened version of the prayer of intercession…

 

God of the Cracks

God of Vision and New Possibilities
open our hearts and minds to the reality of your presence.
God of Light illuminate the dark places of our lives.
We are not perfect people.
Come through the cracks of our imperfections and fill us with your light.

We pray for all marginalised people.
Those who suffer discrimination because of:
gender, sexual orientation, race, impairment, or creed.
Give them strength and belief in their worth.
We pray for those active in discrimination
and for those who allow it to happen.
May they know what they do.
May they understand the hurts they cause.

 

And now we pause to consider and name,

for in naming there is empowerment…

We gather our thoughts in this sacred place
Knowing that you have heard each sincere desire.
We long for a time when all people are valued.

May our unconditional love flow from us to others
May it swirl and curl through this year
embracing all who seek a better life. Amen