Keeper of our souls,
we praise You
from the inner workings of our being,
remembering the wonder
of faith placed in You.
You who formed humanity from the dust of the earth,
care for and protect,
knowing the vulnerability of the patterned frame.
Your love is generous,
every aware of the flaws
that are to be tended,
and with compassion
cradle Your creation
to Your heart.
Your creation does not always share
the slowness of Your anger,
instead full hardy, and bull-like
we scurry into battle
for the wrong-doings that have marred our days,
keen to find a perpetrator.
We are much slower
in noticing the cruelty we inflict,
as we accuse, deny and denigrate.
Harbouring these pains
we call out to You
that we might called to the shores of Your love and be restored.
River of forgiveness,
who pours through our lives,
washing away the marks that mar
and encouraging the shoots of new life to grow,
may we live as those
who has found their life in You.
In Your holiness,
in Your presence,
Creator of life,
we meet Your warmth
and recognise the blessings and riches
of the lives we live.
In all we give
we respond to Your generosity
and with our hearts,
and our lives
seek to offer others
the wonders we enjoy.
Prayers of the People
who cares for the weak and strong of faith,
You know the inner workings
or our hearts and thoughts
and sense the lulls and highs
of the tumbling human existence.
We thank You for Your presence with us
as You pour the healing balm
where flaring tempers
might tear apart families and lives.
We thank You for your presence with us
holding onto us,
even when we can find no threads
that allow You
to settle within our lives.
In our prayers
we remember those
whose lives rely on the thin threads of existence
for hope and happiness.
We remember those who carry the weight of debt.
No debts are easy to bear,
and so we think of those in this country
who have fallen into debt
in the hope of a better life,
only to find themselves further crushed by interest rates
and changing economic circumstances
that have not allowed for wages rises and job opportunities.
And we think of those
who are the last link in the chain
of the burden of the economic debt of their country,
and so find suffer because of
poor health, education and living standards.
We pray for courage for those who must stand up
and guidance for those
who seek to provide help to those in most need.
We think of those whose families have been torn apart
because forgiveness does not come easy,
and so discord, division and bitterness
have become the flavours of conversation.
May Your Spirit seek out moments
for reconciliation and forgiveness.
Where the kindly words of family members offer no hope,
may the wisdom of mediators
show redeeming moments.
We pray for Your human family,
and the discord that is sown
throw the thrust for power and wealth.
In the temperamental waters around North Korea,
may opportunities arise
to cool the temperature of politics.
In the rising worry of terrorism,
let us remember those who have been injured in the recent attack on London,
but may we also continue
to value the diversity of others
as we discover new moments of Your love in action.