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Prayer against Violence against Women and Children



A liturgy we received from our presiding bishop to help us pray this Sunday:  

"Part of a liturgy from the Central Synod (Liturgy for Prayers to end Violence against Women) is attached below to use and adapt to your context."

I have adapted a little bit by giving the women the words: 'We cry to you" and I will ask the whole congregation to join in shouting "Bring justice!"

Hear us, Lord Jesus Christ,
when we cry to you for all the women and girls who are victims of violence.

Hear us, Lord Jesus Christ,
for they are stripped and beaten as you were stripped and beaten, they are humiliated and used as you were betrayed and shamed. 

For the beaten girls and the battered women, blamed and bruised by angry men, 
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the young girls given or sold in marriage, and for unwilling brides with no way out, 
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the women raped as a weapon of war and for the children they bear in grief and shame, 
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the victims of rape who are killed or take their own lives, and for the rape survivors who live with its scars, 
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the girls denied access to education, told they are stupid or worthless or expendable, 
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the girls and women sold or tricked into the sex trade, and for sex workers exposed to disease and violence, 
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the mothers whose children are taken away by armies, governments, churches or family members,
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the girl-children who are unwanted and rejected, the first to be aborted or abandoned, the last to be fed:
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the women bashed in their own homes, and for their children who see and hear the violence, 
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the women trapped in destructive relationships, manipulated, controlled, justifying their abusers, 
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the women who hide their bruises and lie about their injuries for fear of the next attack, 
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the women bullied in their workplaces, belittled, underpaid, threatened with losing their job, 
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the women in prison, abused and abusing, beset by poverty, mental illness and addictions, 
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the women attacked because of their sexual identity, targets for physical or spiritual assault,
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the women and girls denied religious freedom, forced to submit by custom or law, 
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

For the older women, frail in body or mind, fearful of violence, manipulation or neglect, 
Women: we cry out to you: 
All: bring justice!

Women: We cry to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for our sisters, our daughters, our mothers, ourselves:
Bring justice. Bring healing. Bring hope. Amen.

Liturgy - Prayer Based on Galatians 5


Prayer Based on Galatians 5

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. 
We Stand firm, then, we will not let ourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

We were called to be free. 
We will not use our freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, we will serve one another humbly in love. 

Lead us O Christ,
Away from the work of the flesh and toward the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Grow in us the fruits of love, joy and peace.
Amen, Come Holy Spirit

Grow in us the fruit of forbearance, kindness and goodness.
Amen, Come Holy Spirit

Grow in us the fruit of faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
Amen, Come Holy Spirit

Since we live by the Spirit, 
let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Amen, Come Holy Spirit

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Amen

(Feel free to use this prayer if it is helpful!  Gus Kelly)

X102 Monwabisi oyiNgcwele,

X102 Monwabisi oyiNgcwele,

1.Monwabisi oyiNgcwele,
Mthombo wazo izibele,
Hlis' umbethe wakho.
Yiva ukukhanga kwethu,
Utyebis' umxhelo wethu,
Ngokunyela kwaKho.
---
Celebrate the Holy One
who enriches our hearts.

2.Sonwabise thina sonke,
Usivis' uxolo lonke
Ngokunqhina kwaKho.
Sikhokel' enyanisweni,
Usimise entandweni,
Ngokusiza kwaKho.
---
Rejoice as we come into
His peaceful presence.

3.Sothi, salathiswe nguWe,
Side sifikela kuYe
umSindisi wethu;
Sibubon' ubuso baKhe,
Ekhanyeni lethu. Amen
---
Through the saviour we
come to him to see his face.
Amen.


X278 Nkosi, Yesu, onetaru,

X278 Nkosi, Yesu, onetaru,

1.Nkosi, Yesu, onetaru,
Elikhulu;
Other ngenxa yethu booni,
Wabethelwa
Kuwo umthi womnqamlezo,
Wev' iintlungu nobunzima,
Wazithwal' izoono zethu,
Ungemooni.
---
Lord Jesus Crucified for us.


2.Size ebusweni baKho,
NKosi yethu;
Size kuzithandazela,
Sithi, ewe sikonile,
Sayaphula imithetho,
Salindela izwi laKho;
Sive nKosi.
---
Hear us as we pray.


3.Sizigoba phambi kwaKho,
NKosi yethu;
Sililel' izoono zethu,
Nkosi yethu.
Sidanile ngenxa yazo,
Ezi zoono zethu zonke,
Sive nKosi enofefe,
Usamkele. Amen
---
In our guilt we trust in your grace.

X365 Kwa kusasa iinto zonke

X365 Kwa kusasa iinto zonke
8.8.8.8

1.Kwa kusasa iinto zonke
Zibulela, nKosi, kuWe;
Kuba unobomi bonke,
Nathi sigciniwe nguWe.
---
A new day reminds us
That you are alive and 
we are saved.

2.He, ilanga liphumela
Ukuhamb' indlela yalo.
Naal'! liya sixelela,
Lithi: UyinKosi yalo.
---
The rising of the sun
proclaims that you are Lord.

3.Name mini ibivela,
Yaba nokukhanya kwayo.
Naantsi!  nayo iya tyela,
Ithi: ungumEnzi wayo.
---
The dawning of a new 
day lets us know that you 
are wonderful.

4.Namazulu ajikela,
Emi enenkonzo yawo;
Naanga!  aya shumayela,
Athi: ungumGcini wawo.
---
As the heavens turn 
they remind us that you 
are the one who keeps them.

5.Zonk' izilo zikhangela
kuWe konk' ukutua kwazo.
Nathi zitsho: ziya cela
kuWe ongumDali wazo.
---
The Animals look to you
for provision.

6.Sothi ngoko, bawo wethu,
Sikubonge, zibulele,
Wena UmKhululi wethu,
Nawe, Moya oyiNgcwele. Amen
---
Thank you to you our
Father, Saviour 
and Holy Spirit

Tell me the Old Old Story

Tell me the Old Old Story
Tell Me The Old Old Story (Evangel)
7.6.7.6.D

Verse 1
Tell me the old old story
Of unseen things above
Of Jesus and His glory
Of Jesus and His love
Tell me the story simply
As to a little child
For I am weak and weary
And helpless and defiled
--
Tell me the old old story
Tell me the old old story
Tell me the old old story
Of Jesus and His love

Verse 2
Tell me the story slowly
That I may take it in-
That wonderful redemption
God's remedy for sin
Tell me the story often
For I forget so soon
The early dew of morning
Has passed away at noon
--
Tell me the old old story
Tell me the old old story
Tell me the old old story
Of Jesus and His love

Verse 3
Tell me the story softly
With earnest tones and grave
Remember I'm the sinner
Whom Jesus came to save
Tell me the story always
If you would really be
In any time of trouble
A comforter to me
--
Tell me the old old story
Tell me the old old story
Tell me the old old story
Of Jesus and His love

Verse 4
Tell me the same old story
When you have cause to fear
That this world's empty glory
Is costing me too dear
And when the next world's glory
Is dawning on my soul
Tell me the old old story-
Christ Jesus makes thee whole
--
Tell me the old old story
Tell me the old old story
Tell me the old old story
Of Jesus and His love.

--
Tell me the old old story
Tell me the old old story
Tell me the old old story
Of Jesus and His love
--

AMEN


 

Liturgy - Induction of Local Preachers


Induction of Local Preachers


All standng, the Minister says:
We are here in the sight of God to recognize and commission A, B, C, as Local Preachers.  They have been tested and approved, according to the discipline of the Methodist Church, which for them involves these duties as set out in our Standing Orders:

It is the duty of a Local Preacher:
To meet in class or some equivalent fellowship;
As frequently as his/her circuit appointments permit to attend public worship and the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper;
To attend on each occasion the Local Preachers’ Meeting;

To be available for and to fulfil the appointments given to him/her on the circuit plan;
To conduct worship and preach with competence;
To improve preaching and leadership through constant renewal and study;

To preach nothing at variance with our doctrines, the term ‘our doctrines’ being understood as referring to those truths of salvation which are set forth in the Methodist doctrinal standards;
To  be worthy of character.

The Minister asks the Preachers:
Do you trust that you are truly called by God to the office and work of a Local Preacher in his Church?
Answer: I do so trust.

Will you accept the discipline which the church requires of Local Preachers?
Answer: With God’s help, I will.

Will you be diligent in prayer, and in the reading of the Holy Scriptures, and in such studies as help to the knowledge of the same?
Answer: With God’s help, I will.

Local Preachers are called and commissioned to lead the worship and prayers of the people of God and to preach the Gospel of Christ.  They do this in the light of their experience in the world where they work and witness for Christ among the people.  Such is the work of a Local Preacher:  will you take this work upon you?
Answer: With God’s help, I will.

The Minister says:
Let us pray.
God our Father, we thank you that these your servants have offered themselves as Local Preachers in your Church.  Give now your Holy Spirit to your servants A, B and C, whom we commission for this work.
Amen.

May they exercise the ministry of your Word to the good of your Church and to the glory of your holy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Minister delivers a Bible to each newly accredited Local Preacher and says:
Take now this Bible, and may he who gave the Word give you grace, wisdom and power to proclaim the truth which is in Jesus.

The Minister says to the people:
Will you support these preachers with your prayers, share fully in the worship they conduct and hear and heed their words?
With God’s help, we will.

A Local Preacher reads the Bishop’s Letter, gives a copy to each newly accredited Local Preacher, and then gives to each of them the right hand of fellowship.

During the intercessions the following prayer should be included:

We pray for the Local Preachers of the Methodist Church, that in their studies they may receive the light of your Holy Spirit, in worship lead the people into your presence and in preaching set forth your true and living Word.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.