Exodus | We grumble; God provides

Loving God,
we cannot be at a table with many friends;
we cannot be in a crowd.
But just as you heard the grumbling of the Israelites
and rained down food from heaven,
you hear our grumbling in the wilderness now.
You know our deepest hunger, and you feed us. Amen.

Yes, it’s time once again for mailbox communion. This Saturday 10 October, I’ll be delivering a liturgy, Ribena, crackers, and a tea light candle to your doorstep so you can take communion. The liturgy is short and simple, and tethered to our time of wilderness-wandering with the Israelites; the prayers in this email give you a taste. I hope this will help you connect not only with our Sunday focus but, through the power of the Holy Spirit, with the wider body of Christ. If you would like to pre-read the full liturgy, or if you are not a regular attender but would like to use it, you can find it here.

Patient God,
even when you have showered us with gifts,
like the wandering Israelites
   we still wonder if you are with us.
Just as you made water flow from a rock,
make living water flow
   through our dry and dusty hearts.
Lead us to streams in the wilderness;
   refresh our relationship anew. Amen.


Prayers written by Alison Sampson for Sanctuary. Emailed to Sanctuary 7 October 2020 © Alison Sampson, 2020.


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