God of Presence and Light,

We like to imagine that we are bold and strong,

that there is nothing that can frighten us

But, we are not strangers to trembling,


Our doubt leaves us feeling alone and afraid,

and our hiding brings much rejection to You and to others.

Forgive us, Lord, and help us.


Our self-centredness leaves us feeling deprived and poor,

and our grabbing results in great need.

Forgive us, Lord, and help us.


Our sort-sightedness leaves us uncertain and insecure

and our lack of listening divides and separates.

Forgive us, Lord, and help us.


Somewhere inside of us we do believe,

we do trust and we do love;

The simple gifts of worship and love that we offer now are tokens of this faith;

signs of our thanksgiving

and of our longing to be more bold in following You.

May our gifts and our lives be Your instruments

of healing and comfort;

For the sake of all in our world who grieve, all who despair,

and all who live in want and hatred.


In Jesus’ Name.