You reveal the love and radiance of God,
that we might know Your peace.
We celebrate Your presence in our lives
as Your resurrection
calms the fears we have for the impossible,
and strengthens our belief
in the possibilities of faith to which You call us.
God of the unexplained,
no matter how much science seeks after an explanation
for an understanding of all things,
there appears to be much in the creation
that is without explanation or logic.
As a people of faith,
just as we seem to think we have understood the path You seek us to make,
You pull us in a new direction
that we might understand more of You
and of the kingdom You want to make
for all people.
Help us to enjoy the intrigue and the mystery.
May we thrill in the possibilities,
rather than becoming staid and content with the status quo.
There is much in the world that we do not understand,
and so You call us to search for meaning and purpose,
and for change in actions
tha others might experience Your love.
We pray for the leaders of our world,
that they might search for a deeper understanding
of complex issues and situations.
As they serve people in governments,
may they recognise the need to understand relationships
and local history
so that dignity and justice
might be the right of all people.
We remember the people of Syria
and of Bahrain
as we ourselves learn more about their situations.
We pray for the church
as it comes to a deeper understanding
of what it means to follow Christ.
Perhaps for our church that means living with the tensions
of what we understand within the Gospel.
May we learn to respect the argument and opinions of others
as we listen for Your voice and guidance
in the issues that threaten to divide us.
We pray for our world,
and a deeper understanding
of the worth and needs of all people.
in a world that is divided by wealth and poverty,
over-eating and starvation,
having and not having,
enable us to recognise the basic needs of all people.
teach us to respect the cultures and values of others
that they might better inform our own lives.
May we find ourselves willing to always learn,
to be thrilled by the possibility of faith,
and all that Christ’s presence might bring to our lives.