God of all Love,
You have gifted Your creation Love
in its myriad shapes and forms,
and in the life of Jesus Christ
You inspire us to use love with wisdom
as we build up one another
and care for Your creation.
We thank You for loving relationships,
between parents and children,
husbands and wives,
friends and neighbours.
We praise You for those moments
when we recognise You
in the hands and eyes and touch
of those we’ve never met.
In our prayers we remember those who do not feel that they are loved,
and those who sometimes love too much.
We think of children, women and men
caught in abusive relationships
yet who struggle to have the courage to speak out
because of the strength of their feelings
for the abuser.
We prayer for those who abuse their power
or the trust others have placed in them,
hoping that they will gain insight into
the harm they cause others.
We remember the love we have for our country,
for the ideals and values
that encourage us to take pride in who we are,
where we have come from,
and what we might become.
May our politicians and community leaders
be inspired by the practicality of love
and recognise that it is not just a romantic notion
but a firm basis in which to establish community living.
With love as the basis of law and leadership,
may Your desire for a community
where all people are respected, valued, protected and cared for
become more than a hope,
and instead a living reality.
In loving our world,
we think of the care of creation.
Encourage all people to use resources
wisely and with care.
May we all be willing
to pass on to future generations
the beauty of all You have created.
Loving our world,
we remember those nations
that struggle to love one another.
As political desire for power,
and long held divisions threaten,
may healing words of love be spoken
that offer unity and hope.
As we love Your church,
and the faith we have encountered here
in words, music and others
we praise You for the traditions and innovations
that have given voice to Your presence.
as we grow in our love
to learn from each other
and other experiences
of Your presence within Christian communities.
We remember the members of this congregation,
and we remember the other congregations
with whom we share this city.
As we offer a vision of Your kingdom,
may You Spirit lead us to new ways
of being Your people.
In love we uphold those we know and are yet to meet
who find life a struggle,
and are bowed down with weight of ill-health, grief or work.
May they find the strength and support
that offers the assurance of Your presence with them.
May we all
be supported by Your love shown by others
that brought us to faith in Jesus Christ.