Sunday 9th February 2014 – Epiphany 5A (4)

Generous God,

who surrounds us with Your presence

in many ways,

we are overwhelmed by the endeavours You make

to demonstrate Your love of Your people.

We praise You for the flavours You bring to creation,

the salt that preserves

and enhances flavours.

We thank You for the smallest of light

that brightens up the darkest of places,

allowing us to make new discoveries

and increase our knowledge.

Within community,

You work away to encourage people to reach beyond

what is familiar

and step into the world beyond,

bringing from the long held prayers

an opportunity for others

to experience the kingdom of heaven.

 

Lord of community,

we pray for Your church throughout the world:

and remember those who are the flavouring of their communities

as they seek to bring new knowledge of relating to others

to the places they live.

In the love they offer,

the justice they proclaim,

and the hope they bring

may they be the salt

that pulls differences together.

 

We pray for our own church

as we seek to be the bearers of Your light.

May we be willing to let your light shine

in our encounters with others,

whether in this building or beyond.

 

We pray for Governments and World leaders

that they might shine encouraging lights

into the lives of those they have been elected to serve.

May the leadership they offer

be marked by the light of integrity,

and may we be willing to challenge the injustices

that cause some to be rejected

by their communities.

 

 

We pray for those communities

desperately seeking light this week.

As our country continues to be washed with rain,

we remember those whose homes and livelihoods have been affected.

As some move and await the overwhelming waters to subside,

may they find assurance and comfort

to sustain them as they think about what the future may hold.

 

Remembering those who have brought Your light into our lives

and worked with us

to produce Your flavour in our activities,

may we, like them,

allow others to meet You

in all we do in Your name.

Amen.

 

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