God of relationship,
We praise you for the variety of experiences
that You offer
in the relationships
that You share within yourself
and with Your creation.
You are a God of awe and wonder
and we praise Your for the creation that surrounds and supports our existence.
You are a God of encounter
and we thank you for the stories
that have lead us to our knowledge of You
and for the variety of people and ways
you have chosen
to touch human life.
You are a God of impetus
and we praise You
that You continue to stir amongst people and creation
inspiring all to hear Your calls for justice
as You build the Kingdom of heaven.
On this weekend of Jubilee celebrations,
we remember the Queen, Elizabeth.
We thank you for the qualities that You have bestowed upon her,
that have allowed her to build relationships with many people.
We think of her as Head of State,
and her desire to serve the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
We thank You for her interest in others.
We remember her for her more personal relationships
and praise You for the joy she had found in her marriage;
the pleasure she has taken from her children and her grandchildren;
and we thank you for the love and respect in which she is held by others.
We remember others who are called to lead Your people.
We pray for Heads of state, governments and political leaders
across the world.
May Your Spirit inspire them
as they live out their responsibilities
so that our world becomes a place
where building relationships is placed to the fore.
Encourage them to recognise the need
for all people to have opportunities
that allow them to grow in knowledge, stature
We pray for those who build relationships with others
as they help and encourage others.
We pray for teachers and lecturers
as they inform and direct minds
and enable young and old
for doctors and nurses
whose care is shaped by the relationship
that enables another
to trust and take strength;
for shop workers and bus drivers
whose friendly smiles and actions
are for some
the only sign they might have in a day
that they are welcome in a community;
who allow others to explore their relationships
that they might find what brings vision and strength to life.
We pray for our church communities
as places where relationships are important.
We thank you for those people
who make being part of a church easy,
for they offer help and support,
or bring love and cheer.
Encourage us to remember that
even those we struggle to get on with
are a gift from You.
For in these relationships You highlight qualities
within us and them
that offer fresh images of You.
We remember those who feel bereft
at the loss of a relationship.
Those who have their friendships and loves tested
when another moves on to new things.
Those who have been bereaved
and who feel that a part of them is missing.
God of relationship,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we offer these our prayers
in Christ’s name.