Adapted from the Prayer of Intercession found in “Roots”.
who filled Your holy prophets
with visions of grace and peace,
grant us a clear vision
as we seek to know and understand
Your presence in our lives.
As You call our lives
to bring blessings on others,
may we Your Church shine
as a beacon of justice and right relationships.
Part of a national church
and part of a worldwide network of churches,
may we set aside our own desires
so that we might better reflect
Your loving nature.
When the world around us
could so easily have us lock our doors
and hide away,
may You increase our faith
so that our fears subside
and we become generous.
Enable us to surprise ourselves
as we befriend strangers
and find a new respect
for those who live differently to us.
At time when we feel broken
by the burden of our sorrow and pain,
or by the burdens of societies ills,
may we be lifted from our weaknesses.
warm our hearts.
Make us compassionate
as we remember those who are ill
and pray that they may be aware
of the comfort of Your presence.
We remember those who grieve,
and pray for the people of South Africa
as they mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela.
We remember governments and world leaders
that they might work for equity of rights for all people.
We pray for Christ in our world,
preparing the path
that leads to Your heavenly presence.