Prayers of the People
Creator of Love,
we praise You
for the promise and hope
we find within relationships.
In those who have wrapped their love around us,
and brought the best out of us,
we have encountered Your Spirit inviting and inspiring
to take our place in the wonder of creation.
Instiller of friendship,
who sets us in the midst of those who are vastly different from us,
and those who share our excitement and joy,
we thank You for the friends who support and care for us.
In the friendship we offer,
help us to step beyond the boundaries
that we make,
and seek out the good in others.
Make our world a place of compassion,
where refugee and stranger find a place to meet a welcome,
where the poor are led to the table of plenty to be sustained,
and where the sick and the housebound find comfort and hope.
Within the relationship of God,
in Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
in Maker, Presence and Sustainer,
You offer a vision
of how familial relationships and ties allow
for different personalities to play their part.
We praise You for our own families,
birth and personally created,
that allow our talents to be brought to the fore.
Yet we recognise
that the ties of family life can bring strain and burden,
and the abuse that diminishes the potential of both the perpetrator and the victim.
We pray for both.
For victims to see the chink of light
that leads them form their situation,
and for the abuser
that they might be challenged to change.
Inspiring us to live passionately,
sometimes that passion is at its strongest
in the partnerships we forge.
We acknowledge the strength of love felt sometimes
just for one person:
for the fulfilment found in promises made
to spend a lifetime together.
When love breaks down,
help thoughts to turn to positive moments,
and the challenges that have created the individuals we become.
We think of those
who so often feel cut off and abandoned
from the love of God
because of human words and thoughts placed upon the divine story.
Help us to see the light of God
shining within the maturity of love
that says this person only is for me.
Giver of the heavenly meal,
You in love offer the abundance of Your presence
in the gatherings of people together.
We thank You for the times of celebration and of frustration
where we have felt
a strong bond of friendship and fellowship
pulling us together for one common purpose.
In the relationships we build
we different communities within our local area,
may we be open to difference
and respect the stories that make people who they are.
May our governments and world leaders,
our councils, and church committees
learn to listen to all sides,
so that all people are offered the assurance
that they are precious and important
to the workings of creation.
In Christ’s name.