Prayers of the people
In this day of rejoicing and wonder, we pause to look out to the pockets of world where there is little joy or celebration, pockets of darkness still desperate for the light to shine.
This includes, as part of our commitment to the Christmas Bowl appeal, the Rohinga people of Myanmar who have been force to feel persecution in their homeland and to find refuge in Bangladesh.
Let us pray:
God of love, shine your light on the pockets of darkness spread over this world; places whose horror is so great we easily avoid them.
God of peace shine your light on the war torn Middle East, stir the hearts of the heartless that they turn from their violent ways.
God of mercy shine your light on the first peoples of this land, move our hands and feet that we may embrace the task of reconciliation.
God of compassion, shine your light on the Rohinga people of Myanmar, raise up leaders who can protect, encourage and renew them.
God of hope, shine your light on the people of West Java traumatised by another tsunami and who in anger and despair ask, ‘Why?’
God of grace, shine your light on our local communities where pockets of darkness are often obscured by indifference and neglect. Open our eyes to see, our ears to hear, and our lives to act.
God of community shine your light into our hearts and minds that we may include all who are excluded by our actions and attitudes.
And we pray that the light would shine, and, that your kingdom we come, and we draw these prayers together in the prayer that Jesus taught us:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and glory are yours now and forever. Amen.
Geoff Thompson, offered for worship, Christmas Day 2018