Remembering… Trust

Prayer: Dear God, today we pray for children as we think about their willingness to trust…to trust in those who parent them and have responsibility for their wellbeing. May we be worthy of their trust, that our children might grow in strong and healthy ways. May we be willing to trust in your ways of love and compassion, that we might grow as your people reflecting Jesus’ love and life.
Amen

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Remembering… Ongoing Questions

Prayer: Dear God, today we pray for children and give thanks for their ongoing questions. Questions which don’t let us off the hook. Questions which seek to get to the bottom of things. Questions which make us think about life and meaning and you God.
May we be open to both children’s and our own questions…to the honesty of not knowing…to the wisdom of our years which is our gift for others…to the exploration together about this life which we share.
We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Remembering…Curiosity

Prayer: Dear God, today we pray for children and give thanks for their curiosity. We give thanks for their exploring, poking, tasting, getting up really close for a good look.
May we create pathways which encourage children’s curiosity and discovery. May we also remember how to be curious about the world around us and all that is in it.
May we not be satisfied with easy answers or rushed responses. May we always want to know more, to come up really close for a good look at your love for us.
We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

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Remembering… Innocence

Prayer: Dear God, today we pray for children and give thanks for their innocence. For their clear, open and uncluttered view of the world.
May we treasure, respect and learn from the innocence and openness of children. May we discover the delight of innocence in our openness to others, to new discoveries and insights.
We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Remember… Giving Attention

Prayer: Dear God, today we pray for children as we think about how they pay attention…to the snail crawling along the path and the daisy opening to the morning sun, to the sounds, smells and sights all around them, to both the words said to them and the tone in which they are said. All taken in, all means for shaping and informing their lives.
Open our eyes and ears, our hearts and spirits to slow down and pay attention to what is right in front of us today. May that be enough for us.
We pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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A ‘sneak peak’, and an invitation to join us!

Many of you will have seen an email in your inbox this morning, notifying you of a new blog post! Apologies! This was sent in error, but if you managed to glimpse the content, let’s think of it as a sneak peak of what’s to come!

As we inch closer to Praying for Children week, we invite you to join us, as we prepare to reflect on that beautiful passage from Matthew, that calls us to have a child-like faith.

We have developed a number of worship resources, including a Call to Worship, Prayer, Scripture and activities. We encourage churches across Aotearoa to include some, or all of these elements, in their service for Sunday, August 21st, as a way of ‘kicking off’ Praying for Children week for their faith community. There is also a bookmark available to download, that you may choose to hand out to church-goers, to encourage them to join us in this journey of praying and reflecting together!

Each day during Praying for Children week, you will receive a blog post via email, inviting you to reflect on the day’s theme, and a prayer to guide you. There will also be links to further resources and tools to help you engage in, and reflect on, each theme.

We really look forward to Praying for Children week 2022, and hope that you are blessed by the resources we have put together! Check out the website for more ideas: https://nzprayingforchildren.org/praying-for-children-2022/

Blessings,
The Praying for Children team

Remembering….trust

Prayer

Dear God, today we pray for children as we think about their willingness to trust…to trust in those who parent them and have responsibility for their wellbeing.

May we be worthy of their trust, that our children might grow in strong and healthy ways.

May we be willing to trust in your ways of love and compassion, that we might grow as your people reflecting Jesus’ love and life.

Amen

Practising trust

Make a list of the people you most trust. Those who love you just because you are you. Make another list of the people who most trust you…those whom you love just because they are who they are. Give thanks for those who you trust and for those who trust you.

Reflect on Scripture

Read the short passage below slowly, slowly, slowly, letting the words sink in and letting the images fill you, then sit quietly for a moment or two.

Hold a wondering space within you – I wonder what Spirit might be saying to me today?

It might be that as you read, a word or phrase catches your attention, or perhaps a word returns and stays with you as you sit quietly at the end. Take this word or phrase into the day with you and listen for the ways it offers connections in your living.

‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?

Matthew 6:25-27

Musing with Music

Hey Mary!

Written by Malcolm Gordon and his young son Sam, this song explores the moment when Mary meets the angel to hear the amazing news of God’s arrival in the world through her. It also wonders how God might be arriving in each neighbourhood through each of us.

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Remembering….ongoing questions

Prayer

Dear God, today we pray for children and give thanks for their ongoing questions.

Questions which don’t let us off the hook. Questions which seek to get to the bottom of things. Questions which make us think about life and meaning and you God.

May we be open to both children’s and our own questions…to the honesty of not knowing…to the wisdom of our years which is our gift for others…to the exploration together about this life which we share.

We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

Practising asking the questions

Sit and make a list of ten questions you have about the world. What have you always wondered about…about science, abouit technology, about the environment, about your body, about God. How might you go about exploring your questions, who could you ask?

Treasuring the questions

Sometimes there aren’t good answers to our questions. These are questions to sit with, to make friends with, to hold on to and approach from different sides, to listen to different responses and to be patient as you learn more, understand more – or, as you encounter unknowing, you begin to do the mature work of learning how to live peaceably with uncertainty and mystery.

Reflect on Scripture

Read the short passage below slowly, slowly, slowly, letting the words sink in and letting the images fill you, then sit quietly for a moment or two.

Hold a wondering space within you – I wonder what Spirit might be saying to me today?

It might be that as you read, a word or phrase catches your attention, or perhaps a word returns and stays with you as you sit quietly at the end. Take this word or phrase into the day with you and listen for the ways it offers connections in your living.

 You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s sheer genius, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified.

 I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.

 We, of course, have plenty of wisdom to pass on to you once you get your feet on firm spiritual ground, but it’s not popular wisdom, the fashionable wisdom of high-priced experts that will be out-of-date in a year or so. God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. 

1 Corinthians 2:1-7

the message

Prayer

Thanksgiving

Gracious God

for your love for us

gentle as a shower

healing our pain

binding our wounds.

We give you thanks

For your love for us

sure as the dawn

transforming our darkness

revealing your truth

We give you thanks

For your love for us

mercifully steadfast

calling us to you

raising us up

We give you thanks

For your love for us

encouraging questions

open to doubts

making us vulnerable

We give you thanks

Urge us on, O Christ

to find wholeness

through serving you

by serving others

in the power of your Spirit

Amen

From The Pattern of our Days: liturgies and resources for worship. Edited by Kathy Galloway, The Iona Community. (1996), Wild Goose Publications. Administered in Australia and NZ by Willow Publishing Pty Ltd. www.willowpublishing.com.au. Used with permission. All rights reserved. 

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