Prayer Vigil at Roxel – Resources 5

Our next time of prayer at the gates of Roxel took the form of a liturgy based on the Song of Zechariah.

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Praying with the Song of Zechariah

Reading Luke 1: 67-79

Then his father, Zechariah, was filled with the Holy Spirit and gave this prophecy: “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people. He has sent us a mighty Saviour from the royal line of his servant David, just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago. Now we will be saved from our enemies and from all who hate us. He has been merciful to our ancestors by remembering his sacred covenant— the covenant he swore with an oath to our ancestor Abraham. We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live. “And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins. Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”

Reflection

Blessed be God

Coming among us

Dwelling with us

Dwelling in us

We are redeemed and set free

A freedom which calls for action

A freedom that inspires new hope

A freedom lived and shared

The freedom of love

Blessed be God

Who remembers the forgotten

Who remains with the abandoned

Always

From all time, For all time

Eternity encompassing today

Rescuing us from our enemies

From our hatred and fear of the other

From our desire to demonise for the sake of profit

Giving us energy in the face of apathy

Giving us purpose in the midst of emptiness

Giving us life in all its fullness

Rescued and called

To use our love to care for the loveless

And our voice to speak for the voiceless

Called to have no fear

No fear of condemnation and criticism

No fear of standing up and standing out

Perfect God, perfect love

Drives out all fear

The knowledge we are loved

This is our holiness

To go and share that love

This is our righteousness

To stand with the unloved and the unlovely and the seemingly unlovable

This is our service

And you, the little children,

Prophets of God and messengers of the Kingdom

Your innocence prepares the way of the Lord

His light shines in you

In your curiosity and wonder at the world

In your trusting and in your hope

In your joy and the delight of being alive

Give us knowledge of our salvation,

The opening wide of a kingdom where all are welcome,

A kingdom for such as these

In your suffering we see our sin

In war we have damaged your trusting love

In hunger we have hidden your inquisitive wonder

In poverty we have trampled on your joyful hope

Your tears call us to repentance,

Forgiveness,

Change

And new life.

New life lit up by the faithful love of our God

Coming from on high

Dwelling with the humble

Dwelling alongside the forgotten ones

Dwelling in the children

Giving light

The light of a smile

The light of love

Calling us from darkness

From despondency and despair

From apathy and inactivity

From comfort and continuity

To walk in the light of a new way of peace.

For those who build weapons and those who will use them, especially all those working here at the ROXEL factory.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

For those whose desire for profit outweighs their concern for human life: for shareholders and decision makers.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

For those who believe they can use violence to make peace, all those who justify creating weapons as being in the best interests of our suffering world.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

For those who close their eyes to the impact of their choices, for those here who feel compromised by the work they do but cannot see they have any other choice.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

For all those in Yemen, and around the world, whose lives have been damaged by violent conflict: for the physically injured, and the emotionally scarred. For those grieving for lost loved ones, and for those who no longer know where to call home.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

For all who die in war zones: men, women, children; combatants and civilians, those we call friends and those we call enemies.

Lord in your Mercy, Hear our Prayer

God of unbroken promises and unfailing hope, shine your light in our darkness; igniting in us the possibility of bringing the light of your love, however faint and flickering, to the places and people around us. Amen

written by Stephanie Neville

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