we worship You
for while the heavens are beyond our grasp,
You have chose to dwell within our lives.
In Your presence majesty is revealed
as all are offered welcome and love
around the heavenly table.
You have revealed the depths of Your love
in the life and death of Jesus Christ,
and the soaring heights in the resurrection and ascension.
We come in prayer to sit between
the life and purpose of Christ,
and seek the intention of our tasks
that that our words, thoughts and actions
may declare Christ’s presence
in all of life.
We pray today for those
who are awaiting transforming change
that will give them a sight of a different future
than the present that they inhabit.
We remember those who are prisoners,
and remember the different circumstances in which people find their freedom removed.
Praying for those who have perpetrated crime,
knowing that circumstance and nurture are not always easy for some,
and hoping that the life to which people return offers new ways of being.
Praying for political prisoners,
we recognise the discontent that was riled against,
and seek a world where all are treated fairly.
Praying for those imprisoned
and used and abused
by those who see their bodies as commodities,
we long for compassion from the perpetrators
and freedom for those who hurt.
Praying for those who are imprisoned by ill-health and physical ability,
may their needs be met,
that they may know life in all its fullness.