signs of Your kingdom are all around,
in the twinkling stars and glowing moon
and in the dazzling sunshine and refreshing rain,
The ever changing nature of our understanding of You
is demonstrated in the birth of spring,
the growth of summer,
the fruits of harvest,
and the chill of winter.
We give You thanks
as we recognise the times
when You have made Yourself known
in the passing seasons of creation,
and in the changing season of relationships with others.
God of preparation
we pray for those
who are apprehensive of the future.
For soon to be parents
who are uncertain of how a new life
might change their lives.
For those beginning new jobs
as they wonder what will be expected of them.
For those moving to new homes
who will form new relationships
within their communities.
For the bereaved
as the return to tasks and friendships
that were once shared.
God of hope,
we remember those
who feel that their lives are hopeless.
For those who are not sure
when the next meal will be laid upon the table,
or are not sure where they will spend the night.
For those imprisoned
God of anticipation
we pray for governments
as they make plans
that offer signs of Your kingdom in our midst.
Bring forth a time
when all people may experience
an end of the tyrannies of the world,
and instead live assured that Your justice
brings a new peace to the world.
God with us,
may we welcome You
in the friendships and kindness
and share You
in the compassion we offer in Christ’s name.