celtic preayers

Prayers - Encounters with God

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encounters with God


In the lonely places
The wilderness
Where we stand forlorn
Windswept and alone
Your voice calls out
Prepare a way for the Lord

In the dark places
The shadows
Where we hide our fears
Embrace our tears
Your voice calls out
Prepare a way for the Lord


For the desert places in which we walk
The streets we roam
The paths we cross
Guide our feet
Take us to places
Where you would go
Give us words that you would use
That in this Advent season
Of promise and preparation
We might point the way with John the Baptist
To the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!



Our paths may cross
in lonely desert spaces
or crowded city places
on mountain steep
or urban street
but our paths will cross
and you will offer
to lighten our load
walk our road
ethe pain
take the strain
Our paths shall cross
when you will call
and shall we turn
can we learn
to hear your voice
make the choice

Our paths will cross…
Our gain or loss



There were safer places
more comfortable places
palaces and wealthy places
Yet you chose a daughter of the soil
Who would have otherwise
lived a good and honest life
grown and harvested crops
cooked and washed and cared for others
and been forgotten
to be your temporary home
to be exalted for all time


Who do we follow...
A teacher?
You were a good teacher
Full of wisdom
A moral compass
For the journey.

Who do we follow...
A prophet?
You were indeed a prophet
Bringing God's word
Of love, justice
And freedom
For the journey.

Who do we follow...
A friend?
You were certainly friend
To outcast and sinner
Feeding the weak
Lightening the load
For the journey.

Who do we follow...
All of these
None of these
For as this world's Saviour
You are all of these
And so much more
As you take the very least of us
And make the very most of us

Who do we follow?
Jesus Christ
Our Saviour



In the ordinary moments of our lives
When thoughts, distractions
And busyness might keep us apart
Open our hearts to let you in

When you stand before us
As angel or stranger
And whisper softly to our soul
Open our hearts in obedience to your will


Lord, we would grow with you
New shoots reaching out
Hands stretched upward
Like leaves newly formed
Soaking up your light and warmth
Lord, we would grow with you

Lord, we would grow with you
In sunshine and rain
In darkness and light
In cold days and summer days
From Springtime to Winter
Lord, we would grow with you

Lord, we would grow with you
And bring forth fruit
That is pleasing to you
Fed by your living water
Giving sustainance to others
Lord, we would grow with you


Advent God,
you enter time and lives
and transform both
to the glory of your name
and the benefit of all people
On this particular day
we praise your name
for Angel voices
and obedient hearts.

For your embracing love
a Father's love
a Mother's love
The love that sees our failings
and forgives us
The love that sees our joys
and embraces us
The love that knows no ending
or beginning
The love that could die for us
and did
We bless you.


Did I hear your voice
in the beat of a butterfly’s wing
the melody in a blackbird’s song?
Did I feel your presence
in the warmth of a summer breeze
the coolness of a mountain stream?
Did I sense your touch
in the smile on a young child’s face
the shoulder I can lean upon?
You speak to us
in many ways
Reveal yourself
in many ways
if our ears can hear
our heart can feel
our mind can know
and our hands are open
to your touch


The majesty of God
Cannot be measured
By human instruments
Cannot be constrained
Within human boundaries
Cannot be contained
Within human vessels
Cannot be explained
By human thought
Cannot be dismissed
By argument or reason
The majesty of God
Is beyond human comprehension
Yet can be known
And touched
And received
In the simple act
Of worship



God of renewal
of life and death
All: Renew our hearts and minds

God of promise
of all beginnings
and all endings
All: Renew our hearts and minds

God of hope
of new growth
and harvest
All: Renew our hearts and minds