Sunday 21st April 2013 – Easter 4

This week I am joining the Youth Group to chat about what a parish is.   This means that someone else is leading worship.    I’m doing the Prayers of the People at the first service and the Time to Talk at the second, so I offer you the only prayer I’ve written this week.

 

Praise and glory,

wisdom, thanks and honour

belong to You, O Lord our God,

for You have called us to be Your people

and find our wholeness and blessing

within the embrace of Your love.

We praise You

for the opportunities

to serve You,

and for the still moments of worship.

 

Day and night we offer our prayers to You,

and in the shelter of Your Holy Tent

we offer the cares and concerns

of our lives, hearts and world.

 

We pray for those

who hunger for love:

for those who feel alone

or separated from those they love the most;

and for those who long

to feed others with love

so that harmony

might linger in our relationships, community and world.

 

We pray for those

who thirst for wisdom and knowledge.

In an ever changing world

may the thirst of humanity

be quenched by Your presence,

as Your story informs, shapes and guides

the decisions

that those in positions of leadership may make.

 

We pray for those

who have felt the heat

of the sun upon their lives.

Our thoughts and imaginations were captured this week

by the events of Boston.

We remember those who were caught in the bomb explosion

and have found themselves hurt physically and mentally.

We remember those who have been bereaved.

And we remember that else where this week,

bombs have exploded

and earthquakes have shaken

and others have lost life or limb

in Afghanistan and China.

 

You are the Shepherd

at the centre of our lives,

and we look to You to lead us

to the resources

that refresh our lives

and allow us to offer care and compassion

in Your name.

Where we encounter the bereaved and the sorrowful

may we offer then Your words of comfort,

and may Your Spirit wipe the tears

from their eyes

as they take strength

from Christ’s presence in their lives.

Amen.

 

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