Prayers of the people
In the song we have just sung, we sang these words:
And the Dove descended and the Old Road ended
And the New Road wakened from a dream.
I’d like to use that imagery of “ending and dreaming,” to gather our prayers. It’s imagery that can help us bring into our prayers the struggles, and anxieties our world has been full of this week: the ongoing COVID challenges here and elsewhere, the turmoil in the US, overnight tragedies here in suburban Melbourne and Indonesia.
Let us pray:
Gracious God, we pray for those who find themselves at the end and unable to dream: refugees, those experiencing mental illness, those persecuted because of their race, politics, sexuality or religion.
May the life of Jesus help them dream even a little.
Loving God, we pray for the dreamers who have been pushed to the end of their families or nations and communities because their dreams are too inconvenient: the prophets for the environment, those who labour for reconciliation, those who support the weak.
May the life of Jesus keep them dreaming.
Inspiring God, we pray for those whose dreams are just beginning, those who have visions of life that are only just forming, who grab hold of sparks and turn them into lights of love for the unloved, hope for the fearful, and friendship for the lonely.
May our own following of Jesus help to foster their dreams.
God of hope we pray for those whose grieve the end of their dreams, those whose lives are drawing to an end, those who lives have been taken suddenly, those who grieve the loss of loved ones.
In some moments of silence, I invite you pray these prayers for nations, neighbourhoods, friends, relatives, colleagues known to you who are need new road and new dreams.
Gracious God, grant us, this community to live out our baptism, to daily leave the old road and take the new road that Jesus has first walked. AMEN.
Geoff Thompson, offered for worship 10/1/2021, Baptism of Jesus B