Sunday 23rd June 2013 – Pentecost 5C (5)

God of the wide open arms,

You stand waiting at the door

for all to be embraced with Your care,

You are to be praised for making no difference,

for in Your eyes

all are levelled

and every individual is marvelled over

for all that they represent of Your nature.

With You we rejoice in the similarities

and differences of humanity

and creation.

 

Lord,

we pray for them.

For those who are in charge,

for sovereigns, polticians and councillors

who have the power to make laws and rules

that we must be live by.

Then help us to remember

that we are them.

For we too make decisions that affect the lives of other,

and in those choices make us fair.

 

Lord,

we pray for them.

For those who are war mongerers,

and use every opportunity

to set population and friendships

in opposition.

Then help us to remember

that sometimes we are them.

For we are those who do not always seek

peace and compromise.

So help us to work together

towards justice.

 

Lord,

we pray for them.

For those who are on holiday

or making preparations

to take some time away

from all that life asks of them.

For those who want to escape

from the burden of their life –

whether it be ill-health or worry or loss.

Then help us to remember

that sometimes we are them.

For we too look forward

to holidays,

and time spent enjoying

the wonder of the world You have created.

And we too are those

who bear the burden of life

and trust in the presence of Your Spirit

to offer comfort and support.

 

Lord,

we pray for them,

and for us,

as we allow Christ to clothe our lives.

Amen.

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