Prayers of the People
in all of life You wander
and touch Your creation
with tender hands
and boisterous Spirit.
When waters lie untroubled
Your presence is so often taken for granted,
while in the storms of grief, ill health and pain,
our voices and hearts crave Your attention.
We thank You
for the care You offer,
in listening to our cries,
in calming words spoken in the voices of others
and the experiences that surround us,
for the way in which you still our troubles
that the clarity of what lies ahead might be seen
if only briefly.
We pray for Your church,
which lives with the tension of division,
as people seek to claim they hold the answer or the truth.
We pray for the overcoming of prejudices and animosity,
and hope that in Christ’s love
we might find a place for unity and sharing of common ground.
We remember the troubled areas of the world:
people living in tyranny and oppressions,
societies torn apart by violence and suspicion,
nations where the poor have no hope,
and yet the rich continue to grow in wealth and power.
May worldly communities seek to reach out
to those who feel cast out or adrift
from the ongoings of their society.
Enable all to find their health and wholeness in Your embrace.
We thank you for those times
when we have felt at home,
healthy, loved and secure.
Yet we acknowledge that for many people in our local community
and across the global community
that this is not the case.
We prayer for families and communities
where love has broken down,
and people are unsure of who to trust;
for homes living under the pressure
of ill-health, loss of income or job and lack of certainty and security.
As we encounter those who find themselves
pushed to the edges of community and family life,
may we remember the breadth of Your embrace
and the welcome of Your love,
so that we might be part of the healing and restoration
that encourages all to be made whole by Your Spirit.