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.
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.