April Monthly Prayers

Every month our volunteer, Sue, creates our monthly prayers. Join us in the CAFOD Salford Volunteer Centre on the 1st Tuesday of the month or pray at home.

 

Opening Prayer:

Leader:         O God, who called all life into being,

All:               the earth, sea and sky are yours.

Leader:         Your presence is all around us,

All:               every atom is full of your energy.

Leader:         Your Spirit enlivens all who walk the earth;

All:               with her, we yearn for justice to be done,

Leader:         for creation to be freed from bondage,

All@              for the hungry to be fed,

Leader:         for your light to shine undimmed,

All:               for your kingdom of peace to come on earth.

                    O God, you have set before us a great hope

                    that your Kingdom will come on earth,

                    and have taught us to pray for its coming.

                    We thank you for the signs of its dawning,

                    and we pray and work for the perfect day

                    when your will shall be done on earth

                    as it is in heaven.

                    We pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

 

Scripture      John 8:21-32.36.42.46-47.50-51.54-59

21 Again he said to them, “I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 Then the Jews said, “Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.”

25 They said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Why do I speak to you at all? 26 I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” 27 They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. 29 And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.” 30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

42 Jesus said to the Jews, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me. 46 Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 Whoever is from God hears the words of God. The reason you do not hear them is that you are not from God.”

50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is one who seeks it and he is the judge. 51 Very truly, I tell you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.”  54 “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, he of whom you say, ‘He is our God,’ 55 though you do not know him. But I know him; if I would say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you. But I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your ancestor Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day; he saw it and was glad.” 57 Then the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

Reflection

Life is this simple. We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through all the time.  This is not a fable or a nice story.  It is true.  If we abandon ourselves to God and forget ourselves, we see it sometimes, and we see it maybe frequently. God shows himself everywhere, in everything – in people, and in things, and in nature, and in events.  It becomes very obvious that God is everywhere and in everything and we cannot be without him.  It’s impossible.  The only thing is that we don’t see it.

(Thomas Merton: “Life and Solitude”)

 

Intercessions

Let me weep today with the poor,

with those in our great cities, where the happiness of so many homes is fragile,

with the poor of a hungry world, where endless labour brings no riches.

Let me weep and work and pray for the day when God will wipe away every tear.

                              (Andrew McLellan)

 

Closing Prayer

(All prayers from the Iona Abbey Worship Book)

 

Leader: The love of God is at home in us;
All: we go out in peace.
Leader: The justice of Jesus is at home in us;
All: we go out in hope.
Leader: The wildness of God’s Spirit is at home in us;
All: we go out in wonder and joy.

Amen.

 

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