The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) offers a three-year cycle with four readings for every Sunday in the Church Year.
These readings are:
A Lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures (or Acts during the Season of Easter)
A Lesson from the Epistles or Acts
A Lesson from the Gospels
The following prayers follow a traditional form using the pattern of ACT (Adoration, Confession and Thanksgiving).
There is also an opening prayer which can be used at the beginning of a service.
In our meeting together let us remember that we worship the God who created this world, the God who spoke through his prophets from generation to generation, led his people from captivity to liberty, healed the sick, fed the hungry and was faithful even when faced with rejection. The same God who wants all people to be drawn to his love and grace, to know his forgiveness and the joy of his Salvation. Let us put aside all that hinders and join together in worship and praise. Amen.
May the Father who is the source of all;
creator, sustainer and provider,
grant his blessing
to this meeting of our lives.
May the Son who gave his life for all;
saviour, redeemer and sacrifice,
be the focus
of this meeting of our lives.
May the Spirit who brings power to all;
knowledge, wisdom and flames of fire,
be the encourager
in this meeting of our lives.
And may the Father, Son and Spirit,
Godhead and glorious Trinity,
be the peace
within this meeting of our lives.
You have called us to be your hands,
feet and voice in this world,
to bring compassion to the bereaved,
wholeness where lives are broken,
comfort to the weary,
healing to body and soul
through the power invested in us
by your gracious Spirit.
Forgive us when our lives are busy
and we fail to see the needy,
or choose to walk the other way.
Forgive us when our lives are lived
purely for the benefit of ourselves,
and we do not share them with others.
Grant us a strength of faith and body
that we can be your willing servants
wherever you might place us. Amen
As the oil and flour did not run dry
until rain fell upon the land,
when Elijah brought your blessing to a widow,
so you care for your people
and provide for those who are in need.
In response we bring to you our thank offering.
Thank you for provision
of sunshine and rain in due season,
of seed, soil and harvest,
sufficient for our needs.
Thank you for provision
of living water that does not run dry,
and the nourishment of your Word
which feeds our souls.
For love which endures,
and blessings which satisfy,
we offer our thanks.