Lord of all time,
within the walls of our building
we occasionally lose sight
of all for which thanksgiving should be offered.
The ordinary tasks of life invade
and thoughts can move to shopping list,
or Sunday lunch,
or people coming,
or planned outings,
or what the working week will hold.
Yet within a worship space
each stone and symbol,
carving and banner,
offers a reminder of the history of faith
on this site.
We give thanks for the generations
who have borne witness to their faith in You,
and have raised songs of thanksgiving,
while living lives
that offered Your love,
sharing the good news
that we might find ourselves
the new generation of witnesses.
Surrounded by the faith of others
we bring our prayers,
sharing themes and stories
that speak of our desire
to serve You
as You seek to transform our world.
We pray for the kingdoms of our world,
and for those who offer leadership.
May governments and politicians
use their positions of power
to administer justice and ensure the equity
of all people.
We pray for the people of Egypt
as opposing parties seek to control the government.
And we pray for the people of Zimbabwe
as they live with political decisions.
We pray for those who are persecuted
or who live in the midst of war and turmoil.
For children and young people
who have weapons thrust into their hands,
or who do not know a childhood of peace
and the freedom to wander safely
around their towns.
We pray for those who are hungry,
and who who do not know when they will next be able to eat.
Our images are of swollen bellies and dry mouths
in foreign lands,
and we remember how the greed of our communities
has meant that others do not always have enough
with which to survive.
Awaken us to recognise
that hunger haunts our own streets,
for there are those who struggle to make ends meet,
and who will feed the vulnerable of their own families
before feeding themselves.
We remember those
who are grieving
as they miss family members and friends from their lives.
We pray for those who have touched
the lives of this congregation and of individuals
with their faith in Jesus Christ
even in times of hardship.
Make us worthy of Your calling
that Your Holy Spirit
may inspire us to respond in ways
we did not believe
as the story of Christ continues to reach beyond our worship.