Lord of all life,
We praise You for Your faithfulness;
for You are ever aware of our failings,
and yet You rise with us each morning
and instill within us
a sense of purpose
and a desire to serve You in love.
With each new day,
may You rise in the lives
of those who have been called to leadership.
In forming governments, Boards of Management and committees
may people take a sense of pride in what they do,
but not be blinded by the power they hold,
and through the activity of working with others
may they imaginations
be taken to those beyond the walls.
In decisions that are made.
in choices offered,
and laws delivered,
may all people be offered
the opportunity to discover the worth
You have placed within them.
Inviting your creation
to turn around
and follow You once again,
in the action of turning to face You
our eyes are caught
by the vision of the world
You have asked us to tend.
We pray for those who uphold the laws of their countries,
whether they be police forces,
judges or lawyers,
and know that these are people
in whim we wish to place our trust.
We remember those who have been badly treated
by those they had hoped would offer
We remember those
who are abused
by those they want to trust.
And we remember those who abuse,
In the way we deal with others,
may we always remember to keep
Your love as our greatest value,
and ensure that all voices are heard.
Offering a place of sanctuary
under Your wings,
You offer a place for those
who need to rest from the world in which they live.
May those who have grown weary with life,
those who need a space to reflect and cry,
and those who hope to find healing,
settle in the shadow
and find the restoration they seek,
and the hope
that inspires them to thrive in life again.
May we be inspired by those
who have turned to You
and offered a vision of Your presence
in the lives they led
in Christ’s name.