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Prayers by a former Bossey student from Aotearoa New Zealand

A set of prayers written by Rev. John Stewart Murray, (1929-2017), Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, and former Bossey student in 1955/56.

12 January 2018

May the God of new beginnings
start with you and me,
may the God of continuing story
speak through you and me,
may the God of infinite wisdom
shine in you and me,
may the God of safe home-comings
welcome you and me.

 

Response to any prayer for unity or peacemaking:

Bring peace to us,
bring peace through us,
O God, bring peace!

 

Confessional prayer

For the hurt that I create,
forgive me, God, forgive;
for the evil I condone,
forgive me, God, forgive;
for works of peace I do not do,
forgive me, God, forgive;
for hope and help that I refuse,
forgive me, God, forgive.

 

Prayer for St Andrew's on the Terrace
(Prayer for a city church)

Renew your people, God,
and renew our life in this place.
Give us a new spirit of unity
with all who follow Christ,
and a new spirit of love
towards all people.

Bless the city in which we live
that it may be a place
where honest dealing,
good government,
the desire for beauty
and the care for others flourish.

Bless this church
that what we know of your will
may become what we do,
and what we believe,
the strong impulse of our
worship and work.

 

Prayer

Spirit of peace
Spirit of truth,
Spirit of life,
Spirit of earth,
Spirit of Jesus,
Spirit of love,
only one Spirit,
Spirit of God.

 

Centering prayer

Be still, my heart, my mind, my busy world,
that I may hear God's word.

 

A Gloria of colours

Glory to God
in the blue of the sea and the sky
Glory to God
in the brown and the green of the earth
Glory to God
in the rainbow colours of people
Glory to God
in the dazzling light of Christ.

 

(Rev. John Stewart Murray (1929-2017)
Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand;
and former Bossey student in 1955/56)