O God our help in ages past
You are our hope in all that lies before us.
From the pain and loss of war
You remind us of the hopes and dreams
of those who fought
and continue to fight
for a world where justice and freedom of opinion and life
are overarching ideals.
We pray for those who are
at the forefront of protecting
freedom in life and opinion and who seek after justice and equity,
not just in our own country
but across the world.
In serving this country and the commonwealth
may the Queen offer wisdom and insight
as she meets with those who govern and create policy.
Guide our politicians
as they direct the life of communities and nations.
We remember those
serving in our Armed Forces.
May they receive the courage need
to respond with discipline and loyalty
as they serve the cause of justice and peace.
As a church may we continue
that never again will life be lost
or war be waged,
as we hope for differing lives
for our children
and the future that is to come.
With Your Holy Spirit at work in hearts
may humanity learn to embrace the differences
that can divide,
and challenge the prejudices
that allow for others to be undervalued.
Teach us to love in many ways
so that we might reach out to those
who have been wounded
and whose faith is shaken.
In our actions and words
may they be offered comfort and hope
for the future that awaits them.
We remember those
who find themselves displaced
by war and battle.
We think of those who are homeless and hungry,
those who have lost their livelihood.
May we seek to support
those groups and organisations
who offer help and support
as we long for a world
where poverty and ignorance no longer plagues lives.
Lord of life and death,
we thank You for those lives
that have touched our own
and reminded us of the presence of Your kingdom
beyond the walls of our church buildings.
We thank you for those who have offered
signs of You
in the desire for peace
and the hope they have carried
for those they loved.
May we follow their devotion and faith,
and live as those
willing to meet Christ
wherever He might lead.