Stages of Worship




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Lord God,
your Son left the riches of heaven
and became poor for our sake:
when we prosper save us from pride,
when we are needy save us from despair,
that we may trust in you alone;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Isaiah 2:11
Romans 12:16
Psalm 130

In this Collect we are asking for God's strength to follow the example of Jesus so that we do not become proud when we have plenty - when we 'prosper'. We also ask God to 'save us from despair' or give us hope, when we are in need. The end of the prayer reminds us that when we ask these things we need to remember the value of trust, especially trust in God.
(Collect for use during Trinity)

Creator God,
you made the goodness of the land,
the riches of the sea
and the rhythm of the seasons;
as we thank you for the harvest,
may we cherish and respect
this planet and its peoples,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Genesis Chapter 1

The value of respect is built into this Collect which uses vivid pictures to help us think about the world in which we live. The land, sea and seasons are all essential to a good harvest. What happens when the land or seas are 'disrespected'? How do people disrespect the seasons? What effect does this have upon the earth and its peoples?
(Collect for use at Harvest Time)

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.

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.

God of glory,
you nourish us with your Word who is the bread of life:
fill us with your Holy Spirit that through us the light of your glory may shine in all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 6:33, 35, 48
1 Thessalonians 1:5

There are two important Christian ideas in this prayer. Firstly 'Bread' which is used as a picture of God's Word, this is used as a title for Christ. The second picture is Light, something which helps us to see the things that God has done for us.

Lord God, you hold both heaven and earth in a single peace. Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our anger and sorrow, and give peace to your Church, peace among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts, in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Luke 19:38
Zechariah 8:12

This is a great prayer for peace which gives us the idea of peace as something shared between heaven and earth. The prayer also shows us what happens when we ignore peace and become angry. The prayer brings together the Church, the nations of the world our homes and ourselves.

God our Father, 
your Word has come among us in the Holy Child of Bethlehem:may the light of faith illumine our hearts and shine in our words and deeds; through him who is Christ the Lord.

Matthew 5:14, 16

A prayer for Christmas which has a lovely theme of light within it. We can see in this prayer that the 'light' of God is seen through the things that we do and say.
Illumine means 'make clear' or 'shine on'.

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Acts 2:1-12
Eph. 2:8

John 20: 19-23

This Collect recalls the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost when flames appeared on the heads of the disciples after a great wind from heaven had blown through their house. Breath is often used as a way of describing the Spirit of God. Christians believe that through the things God has done, and is doing, the world will be renewed and the kingdom of love and peace will be established.
(Collect for the Day of Pentecost)

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.

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'.

God our saviour,
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace won for us by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Psalm 85:8
2 Peter 3:13

This Collect makes us think of the world and its problems by describing it as 'wounded'. When we say this prayer we are asking God to help us remember and act upon the values we live by - the Christian values found in the Bible.
(Collect for use during Trinity)

God of constant mercy,
who sent your Son to save us:
remind us of your goodness,
increase your grace within us,
that our thankfulness may grow,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

The value of thankfulness is important in this Collect. We are asking to remember the goodness and grace of God shown to us in the things that Jesus said and did. Because of this we ask that the value of thankfulness might 'grow'. How can we make sure that our values grow with us as we grow up?
(Collect for use during Trinity)

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