Lord of the spinning world,
You are to be praised as the sun rises and sets,
and the earth turns to Your time.
You are to be praised as waters refresh plants, skin and thirst.
We thank You for the turn our lives take
each new morning:
for the family and friends
who remind us of Your constancy;
for the strangers
who disturb the easy transit
and remind us of Jesus’s desire
to love those who have been ignored.
As this day turns from morning
to the afternoon and then to evening,
our thoughts turn to gaze upon Your world
that our prayers may give voice
to the concerns of justice, love and hope
that You call to our attention.
We pray for the changing nature of relationships.
We pray for friendships we hold
and those we’ve yet to make,
for the people who sustain and encourage us,
and for those we find difficult.
We think of those
who have recently made marriage vows,
and those who celebrate anniversaries.
Friendship and relationships are not always easy
for You have made us a diverse group of people,
and so we remember those
who find it hard to make friends,
those who feel betrayed by those they love.
In Your mercy,
may all find You offering reminders of love.
We pray for the changing nature of politics.
In each of our homes and personal bubbles
it can be easy to think
that if we are doing okay
then so are those around us.
Teach us to look beyond ourselves
and recognise the needs of our communities and our world
so that we might be empassioned
in our desire to shape our world to reflect heavenly values.
May those who seek to serve
discover listening ears
that their activity might create communities
where all are valued.
We pray for the changing nature of the church,
for as human beings we prefer constancy.
As our world hurries by,
and all that surrounds us reflects each new generation,
may we as Your people
seek to place the hopes and ideals of Your love shown in Jesus Christ
at the centre of our life and worship.
Enable us to love the traditions
that take us to the deep understanding of Your presence through all time.
Help us to trust
that as the season of creation and our life change,
You call us to transformation
so that we might offer fresh images of You
present in each moment.
Lord of the turning world,
We remember those who have touched our lives,
and encouraged us
to turn around to hear and know Your voice
in the sharing of their faith and the stories of Your Son.