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Ecumenical Prayer, 07.02.21

Call to Prayer: Sunday 7th February 2021 Prayer @ 7pm

At this time, we are those who wait. In common with every member of our community and our nation, we are those who wait for the renewal of life within the families and communities of which we are a part. The time of waiting has now exceeded anything we might have imagined as we began the first Lockdown, and as we wait many have grown weary.

The prophet Isaiah speaks to a people who have waited and whose time of waiting has exceeded anything they might have imagined. (Isaiah 40: 21-31) During the time of waiting, the people of Israel have grown weary. To those people, the word of the Lord comes through the prophet and they are given a vision of ‘the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth’ who ‘does not faint or grow weary’. Even in the longest times, the word of the Lord speaks to those who have come to the end of their strength with the assurance that:

‘those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint’. (Isaiah 40: 31)

We are those who wait and our waiting is not in vain. We pray:

Everlasting God,
Creator of the ends of the earth,
We are those who wait
And we confess that we have grown weary. Speak to us we ask and hear our cry.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Creator of the ends of the earth,
We are those who wait
And who have come to the end of our own strength.

Lift up the weary and strengthen the powerless. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Creator of the ends of the earth,
We are those who wait
And who have heard your Word echo in our hearts.
Grant us grace for this time and faith to believe your promise. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Creator of the ends of the earth,
We are those who wait
And who ask that your promise will be fulfilled.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Everlasting God,
Creator of the ends of the earth, We are those who wait
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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