This week an Offertory Prayer and Prayers of the People
in word, healing and forgiveness,
Your love moves what is known of You
from collected knowledge
to heartfelt action, conversation and compassion.
May what we give
in time and talent
reveal Your presence in our lives
bringing renewal to those
who long for change.
Prayers of the People
God of strength and hope,
we build the foundation of our faith
upon our understanding
of Your love revealed in the Gospel
and in the lives of others.
We praise You for the certainty
that we have encountered
who have spoken of Your presence
or revealed You
in their compassion and struggle for justice.
While uncertainty can shake our foundations,
we thank You for the reassurance
of Your leadership
that moves from what is not possible,
to the little actions that make a difference.
Giving our bodies, minds and souls to You,
we bring the differences
of who we are and our abilities,
that in Your love
they might be united
to offer new ways to reveal
the presence of God
in all life.
We praise You for our diversity,
for within this congregation
you create moments of discourse
that lead to new understandings
as we review politics and social engagement.
We praise You for the diversity of denomination,
telling something different,
old and new,
of the breadth, height and depth
of who You are.
Lead us to a unity
where we learn to appreciate our diversity,
and bring glory to Your name.
This world You created
is diverse in talent and ability
and yet some feel undervalued
for what they bring to life.
Help us to appreciate the gifts of others,
so that all may find a way in which to serve.
We pray for those who have found their place in life,
who enjoy the work they do,
for those excited with new qualifications
that will take them onto new courses
or new places of work.
We remember those who find their work dull and routine,
those seeking work, or their place in the world,
and those facing redundancy.
We take for granted
the foundations of education, health and food sustenance,
rocks on which we grow
both physically and in knowledge.
May we in acknowledging all we have
continue to seek ways
for all people
to live in a just and fair world,
where the accepted rights we enjoy
are available to all.
Help us to build peaceful foundations
in the conversations we have.
In urging politicians and governments
to offer leadership,
may our prayers also inspire them
to find common humanity
rather than focus on dividing issues.
who changes our weaknesses
to the strengths of heaven,
as we pray for those who are weak, lost, rejected or betrayed,
may Christ embolden us
to serve as those who have been made whole in His name.