Stages of Worship

Seasons

Values

Resources

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Almighty God,
give us reverence for all creation
and respect for every person,
that we may mirror your likeness
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Genesis chapter 1
Colossians 1:15-20

 This short collect brings the two values of reverence and respect into the story of creation. The way in which people behave is important if we are to have good relationships with each other and with the fragile world around us. For the Christian the best way to make sure that these relationships work well is for us to follow the example of Christ. (For use between Candlemas and Ash Wednesday)

God of wonder and of joy:
grace comes from you, and you alone are the source of life and love. Without you, we cannot please you; without your love, our deeds are worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, that we may worship you now with thankful hearts and serve you always with willing minds;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Luke 12:12
John 4:23
John 14:26

This prayer gives us words to help us think about God's love when we ask for God's help in following the many values that Jesus showed us. Notice that in Christian belief it is the Holy Spirit who gives the love we need to follow these values.

Holy God,
our lives are laid open before you:
rescue us from the chaos of sin
and through the death of your Son
bring us healing and make us whole
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Psalm 51.6-13
Luke 15.11-32
Timothy 6.6-10

A Collect used only on Ash Wednesday - the first day of Lent. The word sin is often used to mean something like 'wrongdoing' or 'bad things'. It is better to think of it as meaning something like 'not doing the best we can', or in more grown up words 'falling short'. Do we always live up to the values that we believe are important? When we do not do the best we can then things get all mixed up and they then become chaos.

Lord our God, 
on the first day of creation you made the light that scatters the darkness.
Let Christ, the light of lights, hidden from all eternity, shine at last on your people and free us from the darkness of sin.
Fill our lives with joy as we go out to welcome your Son at his coming.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
Amen

Genesis 1:3
Luke 1:46-56 (the Magnificat)

A prayer which helps us to celebrate the gifts of God in creation and in Christ. It is a lovely prayer to use at the end of worship, or at the end of a week. It also fits very well at the time of Harvest and Christmas.

In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Job 30:26
Psalm 18:28
Matthew 4:16
John 1:5
(Older students might like to read more of Job.)

This prayer asks God to be with us at all times, and through all our feelings whether they are good, bad, happy or sad - whether we are in trouble or joy. See again that we have three things to do; trust, serve and praise.

Son of Mary, Son of God, we have joined the worship of the angels; may we never lose that heavenly vision. Like the shepherds, we have rejoiced at the news of your birth; help us to proclaim that message in word and deed, to your praise and glory.
Amen.

Psalm 148:2
Luke 2:13-15

A Christmas prayer which works well towards the end of an act of worship. The words 'Son of Mary, Son of God' are about Jesus.

God of power,
may the boldness of your Spirit transform us,
may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,
may the gifts of your Spirit equip us to serve and worship you now and always.
Amen.

2 Timothy 1:7

This prayer gives us a way of understanding what Christians believe the Holy Spirit does in our lives. 'Transforming' or 'changing' us, leading us and equipping us with skills and strength to serve God. 'Equipping' is a way of saying 'giving'.

Dear Almighty God, our source of safety,
we thank you for our gracious Queen and her role in our country.
Please can you bless our beautiful Queen and keep her safe and strong for the rest of her life
so that she can continue her glorious reign.
Through Jesus Christ our living friend and king.
Amen.

Micah 5:4 (Queens did not happen very much in the Old Testament)

A Collect for the Queen's 90th birthday. Her actual birthday is April 21st, there are to be national celebrations at the time of her official birthday 10-12 June.

Father of all,
you have given us your Son to be the Saviour of the World.
Welcome us your children into your kingdom to enjoy your presence now and for ever.
Amen.

Matthew Chapter 13

This prayer would work well at Christmas but it is also about God's kingdom which Jesus speaks about in Matthew's Gospel. What does it mean to be children living in this kingdom.

May God himself, the God of peace, make us perfect and holy, and keep us safe and blameless, in spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Amen

1 Thessalonians 5.23

This short prayer is very personal. In it we bring ourselves completely before God, body, mind and spirit.
What do the words body, mind and spirit mean to you?

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