God of Creation,
You are a caring and attentive gardener,
who sows seeds in unexpected places
that new and creative ways
of encountering Your Spirit might take place.
We thank You for those
who have laboured in Your creation garden
touching our lives
and the lives of others
with the stories of faith
that have fed the roots,
and watered lives
with unseen care and compassion.
As we bring our cares and concerns to You
may we remember those who have inspired us in our faith,
whether they have dragged us to the source of their knowledge,
or lightly guided by allowing us to make choices for ourselves.
We pray for your church in Corstorphine and Edinburgh.
We thank You for the differences
that exist between our congregations
in history and theology
knowing that it is these differences
that spark our interest and conversations.
We nurture the similarities between us,
and continue to acknowledge
our shared love and service of You.
We remember the different seeds
that are scattered in human life:
Seeds of ambition, power, self-seeking
and recognise that while they have positive aspects to them,
they can also be divisive
as the separate the haves from the have nots.
May we as Your church
seek out the seeds of commonality and community
that we might encourage others
to know more of You and of each other
as we learn to share the resources
we have been given.
We pray for our government and World Leaders.
In the policies and decisions they make
they offer the people the govern
the opportunity to grow.
May they find ways
to enable people to have the access to education, health,
housing, and work,
that allow them
to live life in all possible ways.
We remember those who struggle to grow,
held back by fear or circumstances.
We remember children
who do not have the food or healthcare
that will enable them to grow to adulthood;
families squashed into shack-like accommodation;
people who await the next bomb to drop
or bullet to fire.
In communities across the world,
may the seeds of hope and peace be planted
and may we
inspired by You
find ways to encourage them to grow.
As we mourn the loss of others from our lives
may we find the seeds of faith
they have inspired within us
growing with Your care,
that we might be willing to nurture
the signs of Your life
in all circumstances
in Christ’s name.