In all of life
You are waiting
to demonstrate Your presence
and offer Your unconditional love.
In the lives of others
you have made Yourself known
and at times when doubt pervades
in the care, love and attention
offered by other people,
while sometimes ignored,
can offer the lifeline
in the emptiness of anger, frustration and bereavement,
that returns the doubter to Your embrace.
We give You thanks
for those who have challenged our doubts
by offering living signs of You.
We pray for those
in need of the hope and assurance
of Your living presence
in the situations they face.
We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith,
who are subject to brutality and scorn.
We pray for those who live in war zones,
whose villages, towns and cities are filled
with soldiers and weapons.
We think to day of those living in North and South Korea;
and think of those
who listen to the rhetoric of war-mongering and scare-mongering,
and those whose livelihoods are at threat
as they found borders closed
or hard to cross.
We pray for those who are imprisoned.
Those imprisoned by their own actions
who find themselves
behind prison walls
and separated from their families.
Those imprisoned by their emotions
as they fail to respond
to their own needs and the needs
of those around them.
We pray for those whose lives feel empty.
We remember those who are unemployed
and who cannot see a way out of their situation.
For those who changes in benefits
have brought further hardship upon their lives.
We remember those
who feel the weight of bereavement
as it hides a different future.
We pray our one another here in this place,
that as Christ’s community
we tell the stories of Good News
and yet long for a future
where we are more then faces that meet on a Sunday
but a community the offers signs of Christ’s presence
in the love and care we share with each other
and the community beyond.
Lord of our past, present and future
may the hearts of our world
be filled with courage and hope
as we meet Your presence
in every part of life.