Prayers of the People
we give thanks for those
who are channels of Your love
in ordinary living:
for those who have carried us in the womb,
and those who nurtured, treasured
and guided us.
You have sent to live amongst us
those who shape our faults
and embellish our strengths,
that through the tears and laughter shared together
we are enabled to love
because we know we are loved.
We thank You for the patience and understanding
of those around us,
as love teaches us not to be afraid.
who embraces the world in inclusive judgement and mercy,
we pray for humanity
with all its fear and division,
self deceit and injustice.
For bigoted groups
who feel so sure of themselves
that they exclude from their fellowship
all other races, cultures and religions;
And we pray for those
who are so unsure of themselves
that their lives lack any security or peace.
We pray for some faith communities
that turn in on themselves,
shutting out other opinions and behaviour.
We pray for communities
whose towns are shrinking
as they lose key services.
For businesses who resent cities,
or out of town shopping centres.
For urban communities
who are continually hit by job loses
and take over bids that push out long established and loved companies.
For those who always see the grass greener in another town.
We pray for arrogant and powerful nations
dominate and exploit other countries;
For smaller nations
with much to offer the world
but are too reticent
in playing their part.
We pray for workplaces
where cliques and powerful groups
manipulate or bully others
for their own personal gain;
For those workplaces
where employers and employees work together
in good humour for the common good.
We pray for people who,
though ill or injured,
have swift access
to the best doctors, clinics, hospitals and surgery;
And for those
who remain on waiting lists,
or spend long hours simple waiting.
We pray for those this day
who find their faith strengthened,
their hope uplifted,
and their love deepened;
And for those
who are lost or anxious about the future.
Our Strength and Hope,
who draws all people into an eternal embrace,
may all experience the healing of Christ
and the freedom of Your Spirit.