Sunday 28th April 2013 – Easter 5C (5)

Loving God,

who created a world of difference,

where colours compliment

and talents combine,

we thank You for all that makes each of us unique.

Even in the struggle

to get alongside others

we praise You

that we discover more of Your world

through the eyes of those

who challenge our perceptions

and understandings.

 

May we find new understandings

as we look beyond ourselves

and think about the world we live in.

 

We pray for those who find themselves

at odds with the world in which we live,

and in the community of which we are part.

We remember

those who struggle with ill health that separates them

from community;

those who are homeless and kept outside

the walls of comfort;

those who live with mental health issues

as they create barriers in relationships.

May the tears be wiped,

as we listen to Christ calling

to reach out of what we believe to be safe.

 

We pray for those

who live at odds with the political system.

We remember refugees,

who have fled their homes

looking for safety,

leaving behind families and belongings;

and we think of asylum seekers,

uncertain of how they will be received

after the treatment they have received from other governments.

May their tears be wiped

as they meet Christ’s compassion

in new places of shelter and welcome.

 

We pray for those

who are placed at odds

by the communities they live within.

We pray for places in the world,

where women are not treated with respect

or valued for their contribution to the world;

for places where your family name or caste

decides your status in the community

and so some are not considered worthy or important.

May their tears be wiped,

as Christ’s justice reaches into their lives

and assures all

of their value to God.

 

We pray for those at odds with themselves,

and remember those who feel

that they are a burden to their families.

We remember those

who are elderly,

or unemployed,

or frustrated with their lot.

May their tears be wiped,

as Christ’s hope offers signs

of what is still to come.

 

We pray for each other,

for Christ wipes all our tears of frustration

and encourages us to celebrate

the breadth and height of His kingdom

and the welcoming love He demonstrates

in the Good News He shares.

Amen.

 

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