Prayers of the People
For the welcome You offer,
and the generosity You inspire,
Son of God,
we give You thanks.
On the journeys we have made,
You have walked with us,
offering companionship and guidance.
You have lifted us up when we felt low,
and joined in the songs
that have spoken of encouragement, celebration and love.
We thank You for those who have made us welcome,
in their homes and in their lives.
For quiet meals with family and friends,
when stories of the past have allowed us to notice You around us;
for celebrations and fellowship,
where You have led the dancing
and spilled through the laughter.
May Your welcome spill into our meetings with the world,
and remind us to see the world
with Your love and longing.
When politicians and world leaders meet,
may they walk as You would walk.
Enable them to hear the voices of the crowd,
the competing values,
the reps and aspirations,
and through the noise and clamour
may Your presence of God spill forth,
as talks focus on the need for peace,
the ensuring of the equity of the sharing of resources,
and the hope of the valuing of all life.
Open the eyes of those in power
to those who are ignored because they have been pushed to the edges of community life.
We pray for the vulnerable:
physically because of ill health
because of lack of wealth or status.
Teach us the value of taking time to watch the crowds around.
Too often we get caught up in the noise and the values
of the world in which we live.
We long for the wealth or freedom
to keep up with those we believe are important.
Or we join in the jeering voices,
and mock those who would not live as we do.
Take us to the edge of the crowd,
or have us climb to a height
where we are able to see the world differently
all we are missing.
We pray for journalists and reporters
who tell the story of our world,
that You enable them to point out the people and places in need of care.
For the police and community support workers,
who touch the lives
of those we view as trouble makers,
that their stories may allow us to see those we distrust in a new light.
For bankers, tax officers, and financiers,
that their knowledge of budgets and economics
may offer a challenge to poverty.
As we remember those who have shared their faith with us
and allowed us to meet the presence of Jesus in their lives,
may we give thanks for all they encouraged within us,
and welcome Your presence
as Your story is retold in our lives.
Christ of all people,
may you continue to seek out the lost,
and lead them and us
into the kingdom of God.