Prayers of the People
King of Glory
and Son of the everlasting Father,
we give You our love and offer our lives.
Come and rule our hearts
until the kingdom of heaven is created in all life.
Come and reign over us
that Your voice may bring calm
to the and sense
to the the tyranny of life around us.
In these troubled days
of uncertainty for us all,
may it be You that teaches us not to be afraid of the shadows
but instead to put our trust
in the hopes You have for all You have made.
Teach us to be strong
in the opinions we hold
where we place the value of all life
above the machinations of politics.
Direct us along paths of peace
that enable us to recognise
when we are being set against one another,
and instead bring us nearer to those
with whom we may have seen as the stranger in our midst.
Christ our King,
speaking truth to power,
You challenged the authority of the world,
that the lowly and the humble
might be lifted to view
and be restored in the lives they led.
We pray for governments and community leaders,
for those who seek justice and maintain order,
that the decisions and choices they make reflect people
At the close of Prisoners’ Week,
we prayer for those who are imprisoned,
and for those in whose care they are placed.
We remember the families whose lives are changed
because someone they love
is no longer with them.
As the Christian year draws to a close,
and we being our preparations for the period of preparation called Advent,
we remember those
who are preparing for Christmas.
We think of the shoppers
who will be seeking out just the right gift
for the people they love,
and remember the financial burden
which people believe they have to place upon themselves.
We pray for the shop staff
whose patience will be tested
as people seek a bargain
or grow frustrated with the quest and crowds.
May we all learn that people matter more than gifts,
and find ways to heal broken relationships
with family members and friends.
We remember those who feel that there is no hope within their relationships,
and for whom the brokenness of a home or a partnership still awaits a resolution.
We pray for those who feel weak at the power
of their own bodies and minds,
and remember those who carry the burden of ill health
in body and mind;
those weighed down with grief and anxiety.
Lord, as we miss those who were closest to us,
who in their presence spoke of Your love,
may we meet them in the shared faith we have found in You.