Prayers of the people
God of Eternal Peace,
on this holy night we take time to remember
people suffering in different ways around the world.
We pray for people living through natural disasters
seeking safety and the strength to rebuild
Emmanuel, come to them, bring your compassion and hope
We pray for children who long for the chance to go to school
seeking to escape poverty and break down gender roles.
Emmanuel come to them, bring your resilience and peace.
We think of people suffering from the impact of drought
learning news of farming to support their families.
Emmanuel, come to them, bring your resilience and joy.
We think of refugees longing to go home.
But who can’t, because of war and conflict.
Emmanuel, come to them, bring your compassion and love.
Stir in our hearts, O God,
give us the will, and ability,
to bring your healing love,
your healing hope,
and your healing peace
to people suffering around the world.
We pray this in the name of your incarnate son,
born this night, Jesus Christ. Amen
Saide Cameron, adapted from Christmas Bowl prayers
offered for worship Christmas Eve 2018