We gather for prayer in the presence of our good God - Communion of Love, Life and Hope. Amen
Our holidays are over our lives have returned to normal – school, work, meals, shopping, organising... Summer is still with us – warmth, long days, outdoors....
but sometimes the wind’s bite reminds us of the change of season and the change to purple vestments soon will alert us to the coming of Lent
Let’s pause to hold in our hearts the wonderful memories of this summer.... What particular joys did I have? What people or incidents do I want to remember? How did relationships deepen for me? How did I relax? What particular joys did I have? What people or incidents do I want to remember? How did relationships deepen for me? How did I relax?
God of refreshment and relaxation, You who invite us into the wonder of summer, give us hearts deep enough to hold the memories that will encourage us through the year.
. Just as squirrels prepare for when food is scarce in winter, may we store memories that nourish us empower us reconcile us calm us and unburden us in the days ahead.
Let us remember the beauty and glorious times of summer and with gratitude store them in our hearts.
Let us remember the new things that we did, with family… with our children… with friends… by ourselves… this summer and with gratitude we store them in our hearts.
We remember the unexpected – the visitors… the lovely surprises… Even the worries and the frights - and with gratitude we store them in our hearts.
We remember the losses, the deep sadness and the worries. We remember the love, care and concern of others… and with gratitude we store these in our hearts.
We remember your presence God…. like the green and brown of the land, the shape of the landscape, the solidity of the hills, the constancy of the soil, and the feel of the weather…. always with us this summer - and we are grateful.
We remember your presence like living water around us before us within us….. your refreshing welcome in the heat of the day.
We remember you at day’s beginning and ending…. Your faithful presence surrounding us always.
And as we now approach Lent may all the signs of your presence encourage and enliven us so that with grateful hearts we will do our bit to bring about your transformative dream for our world
Living God bless us with renewed energy with grateful hearts with hearts burning for justice with loving hearts and with hearts that seek peace as we come into Lent.