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A Member Church of Walkden & District Churches Together


Prayer of Approach and Call to worship

We meet as family                                                    in the presence of our heavenly Father.
We meet as brothers and sisters in Christ,
accepting the responsibility this places upon us –
to love one another as You have loved us.

We meet as Your lights in this dark world,
and pray that through our words and our lives
others might be drawn into Your family,
and accept You as their Saviour and Lord.

This is the day that the Lord has made.
This is the day when God can be found.
God of all, breath of life,
Living water, Saviour, Friend.

Come as the hungry, feed on God's Word
Come as the thirsty, drink of God's Love
Come as the faithful, worship God's Lord.


Prayers of Thanksgiving and Confession

Heavenly Father,

When we walk with You,
in the light of Your love,
it is Your glory seen,
not ours.

When we talk of You
to those whom we meet,
It is Your words that speak,
not ours.

When we minister
to people in need,
it is Your hands that heal,
not ours.

When we worship You
and offer our lives,
Your name is glorified

The Lord is our salvation,
the rock upon which we stand,
the light by which we walk,
the strength by which we overcome.

Therefore we shall live by faith
and fear no one,
for the Lord our God is with us,
walking beside and before us,
sheltering us from harm.

It is the Lord's song that we sing,
God's praise within our hearts,
God's word upon our lips
and the reason that we live.

Heavenly Father,
we confess that God is love                                        and we are God's children.
There is no fear in love,                                            and we love because You first loved us.

We confess to You that we have sinned in thought, word and action.
We are truly sorry.
We ask for Your forgiveness Lord.

Deliver us from the power of evil                                for the sake of Your Son.
Who through His death and resurrection,                    we have been raised to new life.
We ask You to transform our lives and teach us how to walk in Your way.

You asked for my hands,
that You might use them for Your purpose.
I gave them for a moment, then withdrew them,
for the work was hard.

You asked for my mouth
to speak out against injustice.
I gave You a whisper that I might not be accused.

You asked for my eyes
to see the pain of poverty.
I closed them, for I did not want to see.

You asked for my life,
that You might work through me.
I gave a small part, that I might not get too involved.

Lord, forgive my calculated efforts to serve You—
only when it is convenient for me to do so,
only in those places where it is safe to do so,
and only with those who make it easy to do so.

Father, forgive me,
renew me, send me out
as a usable instrument,
that I might take seriously
the meaning of Your cross.

Prayers of Intercession

We thank You, Lord, for all that You have done for us; for all that You have given us; and for all that You have been to us.                                                      We remember and celebrate Your constant grace,  care and provision; and our faith grows as we recognise the goodness that we enjoy. 

But, Lord, You have also given us the gift of prayer, and You have invited us to bring our requests to You, for You love us, and You listen to our needs and desires.

And so we pray...                                        

For ourselves and our loved ones, that we might find all we need in You.                                                Each one is invited to pray in silence for themselves and their loved ones. ...    


For our community and our country, that none may be in want, and all may share the goodness of this place.

Each one is invited to pray in silence for their community and country. ...                                                        

For our world and its peoples, that the riches of the earth may be enjoyed by all, and that we may all turn away from greed.                                                      Each one is invited to pray in silence for the world and its peoples.

Teach us, Bounteous God,                                          To make thanksgiving, sharing, giving and enjoying, the habits by which we live

And the practices by which we build Your Kingdom among us.                                                      

In Jesus` name,                                                      Amen.

Closing Prayer

Loving and ever-present God,
we believe that Your grace is sufficient for all things.
Comfort us anew by Your presence.
Allow that in our weakness we may be made strong,
in our grief, consoled,
and in our ignorance, wise.

Protect and guide us that we may know the way to take and that at each crossroad of life we may see the right path to choose.
Safeguard us by Your power, uphold us Your kindness,
and warm us by Your love.

By Your divine grace help us to do what is right,
to act courageously, to love our neighbours, to forgive our enemies.
By Your grace, bless us through Jesus Christ our Lord


The Grace


Prayers of Thanksgiving and Confession

Where swords are turned to ploughshares

and spears to pruning hooks

where the guns fall silent

and the rumours of war cease

We see the love of God

written on the hearts of men and women

And offer our thanksgiving to God


Where man says’ I am my brother’s keeper’

and the guardian of his days

Where mothers’ sons grow old

in lands free from strife

We see the love of God

written on the hearts of men and women

And offer our thanksgiving to God


Where enemies destroy the barriers that divide

and No Man’s Land becomes home to each and all

Where colour, creed and nation

unite not stand apart

We see the love of God

written on the hearts of men and women

And offer our thanksgiving to Go


Where silent remembering inspires songs of freedom, justice, truth

and the sacrifice of old shapes the passion for our future

Where those who gave their lives and youth

let us age in years and wisdom

We see the love of God

written on the hearts of men and women

And offer our thanksgiving to God.


Where courage never fades in the battle for the right

and power is given to the weak, the least, the last

Where compassion finds a home

to root out fear, mistrust or pride

We see the love of God

written on the hearts of men and women

And offer our thanksgiving to God.


O God of peace,

you know us from before we were formed in our mother’s womb.

Forgive us when we only have good intentions

and do not commit ourselves to concrete action for peace and justice.

Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.


O God of justice,

you judge our human race with mercy.

Forgive us when we allow your image in us to be marred

as we remain passive in face of so much violence and exclusion.

Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.


O God of love,

you have created humankind to be one great family.

Forgive our inability to be reconciled with others,

both our dear ones and our enemies.

Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.


O God of grace,

you have given us the gift of speech to be an instrument for change.

Forgive us for the times when we have spoken too hastily

without thinking of the consequences,

or have remained silent out of fear or indifference.

Grant that our actions and our words may always promote peace.


These our prayers we offer in the name of the Prince of Peace, who taught us when we pray, to say together,

Our Father, which art in heaven …………….



Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict,      and ask that God may give us peace:


for the service men and women who have died            in the violence of war,                                              each one remembered by and known to God;              May God give peace                                                                               for those who love them in death as in life,                offering the distress of our grief                                and the sadness of our loss;                                      May God give peace                                                                 

for all members of the armed forces                          who are in danger this day,                                remembering family, friends                               

and all who pray for their safe return;                        May God give peace                                                                               for civilian women, children and men                          whose lives are disfigured by war or terror,

calling to mind in penitence

the anger and hatreds of humanity;                            May God give peace                                                                                for peace-makers and peace-keepers,                        who seek to keep this world secure and free;              May God give peace                                                                              for all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious;                  asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve

in the search for reconciliation and peace.

May God give peace                                                                            

O God of truth and justice,

we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know.              Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.                                                   

As we honour the past,

may we put our faith in your future;                          for you are the source of life and hope,

now and for ever.                                                  Amen

The Grace




Call to worship (Psalm 24:7-10)

Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors!
That the King of glory may come in.                          Who is the King of glory?                                          The Lord, strong and mighty,
The Lord, mighty in battle.

We lift our hearts in worship,                                    Come O empowering King.                                       

Lift up your heads, O gates!                                      And be lifted up, O ancient doors!
That the King of glory may come in.                          The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.

We lift our hearts in worship,                                  Come O Christ our King

Prayers of Adoration and Confession

Hallelujah to You O Lord our King,                              You are robed in majesty
and girded with strength.
For establishing the world through Your decrees
which are very sure;                                              You are the God who is and was and who is to come,
who reignS over all that come before Your throne,

Lord Jesus Christ, our Faithful Witness,
the Firstborn of the dead,
and ruler of all.
You put to right the wrongs against Your children,      We praise Your name, O Lord our King.

For loving us and freeing us from our sins by Your blood, and making us kingdom priests and priestesses
serving God our Sovereign,

Jesus, You are the "Alpha and the Omega,"
the Almighty; rescuing widows, orphans,

and those in bondage;
reigning in victory,
coming in the clouds.                                  

Loving God on this day we celebrate Christ as King,
yet we fail to let Him reign in our lives,

our thoughts and deeds.
We spout vain words – of worship, honour and adoration while in His name we conquer,

impose dominion and injustice,

To God be the glory we say, and Christ be our sovereign but we lash out in anger

when others do not do as we say.
Imposing views on holiness, living the King's way;
and far too often we do not make time to pray.

On others we impose our own will, not Yours
especially on the weak, the poor, the vulnerable.
We design rules to satisfy ourselves, our wants, our desires and in Jesus' name we declare some less human than others.

Lord we have wronged You,

Forgive us we have sinned.
Help us begin again,

to love again,

to live again
the Faith we espouse,

and to espouse the Faith that we live.

Caring for others, not counting the cost,
righting the wrongs that selfishness brings

Lord may our lives once again point the way
to You the Good Shepherd, and Your paths of Peace
where abuse is unheard of, and Jesus is King.            In His name we pray,                                                Amen.

The Lord`s Prayer

Prayers of Intercession

Merciful God,
You know too well
That we worry and have fears
That sometimes doubts and apprehensions seem to overwhelm us
Often, our faith is little or there is none,
Yet you call us to come to You
Your ears are open to our prayers
Hear us now, O Lord.

We pray for all who suffer
To all for whom this global pandemic is a daily nightmare.
For the sick, for those who care for the sick.
For those whose jobs are affected
And who worry about the next meal or how to be safe
For those battling with loneliness and isolation.
Lord, be our healer, our provider, and our abiding presence.

We pray for all who continue to live with injustice
Whose lives are filled with violence and abuse
Those who face discrimination and are treated unfairly
Those who ask, how long before there is relief?
Those who are asked ‘what did you do?' instead of ‘how can we help!'
Lord, please grant that Your Spirit will move us to collective actions of love and care.

We pray for those in authority
As they make tough response decisions concerning the COVID pandemic
As guidelines become more challenging
And health care workers and health systems

become over-stretched
Lord, be our wisdom, our strength and guide.

We pray for Your church,
Help us to find new ways of being a community
Where all are truly and honestly welcome
Where our liturgies do not leave out anyone
Where we are relevant to old and new generations
Lord God, make us Your disciples indeed.

We pray for ourselves
Give us a heart that trusts You completely
Grant us grace to do what is right, to fight for justice, and to speak up for those who cannot do so for themselves.
Give us thankful hearts
Hearts that would see You in everyone,

and welcome all as we would welcome You
Lord, help us to mirror You.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ,

our Lord and Saviour.                                     



The Grace



Call to Worship


The light shines in the darkness                                and the darkness has not overcome it.                        We are easily distracted by the darkness that comes with unease and anxiety.                                          Source of light, shine in our lives and in your world with your renewing hope.


Prayers of Thanksgiving and Confession


Almighty and everlasting One,

You break into our world

in ways that are loving and transforming:

In a tired and violent world,

you are peace, and you are hope.

In a hectic and busy world,

you are calm, and you are rest.

In a harsh and unforgiving world,

you are tenderness, and you are mercy.

In a cold and dark world,

you are comfort, and you are light.

And so, we are moved to worship you

as the one who created us,

the one who redeems us,

and the one who guides us,

one God, this day, and forever.


You do not desire us to live in darkness

or in sinful exile,

you call us to liberation through confession,

so out of desire to be free we confess to you, our sin.

God of hope,

we confess that too often

we prefer darkness to light,

and that we are easily distracted

by our plans to yours.

We accept lies as truth,

exploit neighbours,

abuse the earth,

and choose strife instead of peace. 

In your mercy,

hear our silent confession of sin.

forgive what we have been,

help us amend what we are,

and direct who we shall be.


Assurance of Pardon


We know that when God thinks of us,

God does not remember our sin,                            but remembers us in the light of His own steadfast love and mercy for us.      

Know that you are forgiven

and forgive one another.                                          Amen. 


Prayers of Intercession

In our weakness you are strength. 

In our darkness you are light.

In our sorrows you comfort and peace. 

Help us to pray, O God,

with our hearts as well as our lips and to serve you with our strength as we can. 

Into each situation we name and picture,

visit with your steadfast love.


We give you thanks for moments of joy and celebration in our lives,                                            for times of excitement and expectation;

for love given and received,

for friendships that furnish our life with meaning

and happiness, and for family who show us some picture of unconditional love. 

In all relationships and interactions

keep us mindful of your call

to see you in one another.                                        Lord in your mercy.                                                  Hear our prayer.


We pray for this country

and the countries of this world

and for all those who frame laws and shape society, who keep the peace and administer justice. 

In governments and countries where the innocent are punished and the weak serve the wealthy

and where injustice rules,

move in the hearts and minds of rulers so that,

more and more, your people throughout the world will experience freedom.         

Lord in your mercy.                                                  Hear our prayer.


We remember with sadness the divisions in the world, and that our world is not at peace;

we remember the places of war and tension,              we remember that too often this is a world where violence is too easily chosen as a way to life.              We recall before you the places where people are misused and often scorned.

Lord in your mercy                                                    Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who suffer and are ill                    and for those people who mourn and fear

for the future and what it may bring.                          Surround them with your love, support them with strength and open our hearts and our eyes to see how we might be comfort in situations of hurt and pain.             

Bless our homes and families that love, and joy may dwell there and keep those who are absent from us within your care.                                                    Lord in your mercy.                                                  Hear our prayer.


Eternal God, you hold all souls in life,

the dead as well as the living are in your care. 

We thank you for your people of every age and place and for those dear to our own hearts who have entered into your heavenly presence.                      Keep us in communion with them

and bring us with them at the last                            to dwell in your light.

Hear us as we offer prayers in silence for your people in need…


Lord in your mercy,                                                  Hear these our prayers                                            which we offer in the name of Christ,                        Amen.


Closing Prayer


Lord Jesus,

Master of both the light and the darkness,

send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We who have so much to do

and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day,

We who are anxious over many things,

look forward to your coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways

long for the complete joy of your kingdom.

We whose hearts are heavy

seek the joy of your presence.

We are your people, walking in darkness,

yet seeking the light.

To you we say, "Come Lord Jesus!'



The Grace