God who sustains us
We give You thanks
for meeting our needs each day.
Each morning, noon and evening
we are fed with sustenance
that nourishes our physical presence,
and with the presence
we praise You.
In dawn, day and dusk
You feed the hunger of our hearts and souls.
For some that offers the assurance of love;
for others it is the instigation to get involved;
while for others it is the whisper of relaxation.
We thank you
for the differing ways we have been called to follow You,
and that difference is important
for it offers the breadth of Your nature to view.
So we thank You
for the bright flash of light
and voices from heaven
that have called some to faith,
and we praise You
for the slow burning flame
and the ancient stories told
who form a community
that have stirred generations to believe
fellowship and church are important.
God of community,
open our eyes
so that we might see the world as You see it.
We pray for those who are blinded by hatred,
from children in playgrounds,
to work colleagues,
or warring nations.
May Your love burst boundaries
and allow new perspectives on each situation.
We pray for those in need of healing.
We think of those
who find their relationships with others are strained
because they feel they have let someone down,
or are hurt and angry
because of the actions of another.
May Your love bring hope
to the despair
that has cast a shadow across the future.
We pray for those who seek Your grace,
as we remember those who make judgements
about the lives of others.
We remember those who make decisions
that will have impact upon the life
of individuals and communities.
May Your truth challenge prejudice
and offer a new vision
of the burdens of others lives.
We pray for those who long for tenderness,
and pray for those who matter most to us.
Remembering family and friends,
we know those who are bereaved,
unwell, or alone.
We know those we miss from our community,
and long to welcome back.
May their faith in You
allow them to wander in their doubts
to find new signs of certainty
that Christ’s presence is with them.