who offers each of us a place within Your embrace
we thank You for Your acceptance and healing.
Music can calm souls,
and attention reminds of belonging.
For all the resources and riches
that fill our lives
we offer praise.
For the entwining of our lives
and the capacity to think for ourselves,
we thank You.
For our personalities
and the characteristics of others,
that offer visions of Your presence,
we give You thanks.
As we have found our welcome and belonging,
we pray for a world
where all may know hope
and a sense of belonging to the wonder of Your creation.
We pray for the healing of creation.
As the stewards of all
that surrounds us,
teach us to be careful with our world.
Help us to start with ourselves
and to think about the use of energy
and the journey our food makes to our plates.
Then open our eyes
to the wider world,
and prepare us to use our voices
to speak of the care that is needed
to make it a world that others enjoy.
We pray for the healing of nations.
Nations are divided by war,
by wealth and poverty.
and by race and culture.
May all people learn
to respect the values and hopes of others,
and in working with others,
may we shape a world
where peace and justice
are more than a hope,
and instead part of ordinary living.
We pray for the healing of people.
For those who are broken
because they do not feel they belong.
For those who are lost
because they do not know love.
For those who are unwell
in body, mind or spirit.
In a week where there has been a focus
on the mental health of people across the world,
we pray for those
who can seem at odds
with our world.
May they in their highs and lows,
in the missing parts of memory,
and the overwhelming imagination,
find Your presence in the care they are offered.
We pray for a world
where all can give thanks
in the knowledge
that all belong to God,
in Christ’s name.