Prayers of the People
we offer our thanks
for our encounters with Your presence
that have brought us new knowledge,
or much needed comfort and hope.
In the familiar of each day
You make us creative and diverse
full of energy,
as we fulfil the potential
of all You might hope for us.
We thank You
for those who have brought Your Spirit
to our lives
disturbing us from comfortable places
that we might better know and serve You.
And we thank You for those who have brought us hope,
that something new is waiting,
and holding our hands
until we are ready to step
into a new future.
Lord of wind and flame,
Your story speaks of freedom, peace and change
as people and nations
divided by war, creed,
differences and anger.
As Your story continues
to be told
in the activity of Your church
in our world today,
may Your Guiding Spirit lead us in our prayers and activity,
and find ways of stepping into
the difficult situations
where we seek new vision.
As one congregation in Dunfermline,
and within the Church of Scotland,
may we remember that while we are called to serve You in this place,
that Your Spirit binds us together
to offer support and courage in all we say and do.
We remember those from congregations across the country
and the world who at times seems so different from us,
and yet all hope to offer the presence of Christ in the story they tell.
May Your presence enter the lives
of those who have no homes today.
We remember the people of Nepal
as the continue to grieve, and search
and attempt to rebuild their lives.
We pray for those who are able to offer support
in the skills they bring.
we remember those who long for their lives to be transformed,
as they feel they are crippled with debt
or burdened with the uncertainty of livelihood.
May we learn to respond with integrity,
recognising the diverse nature of our communities,
and ensure that those who need resources
that bring relief from anxiety
are shown signs of compassion.
Spirit of challenge,
as You challenge us
to new thoughts,
may You also challenge
those who hold the power.
May they hear the voices of discontent and abandonment,
and respond to the truth of need.
Compassionate and Caring Spirit,
who reaches out to those
who feel that they are lost
in the storm of the world in which they live,
bring peace to the anxious,
comfort to the bereaved,
and hope to those who are in pain.
May we all leap and life
when we find your joy in our lives
and take confidence
in all we know of Your love.