Prayers of the People
Loving God, give us your inner light
to be beacons of peace and hope in the world.
Amidst our busy lives, help us
to find a little space to retreat to mountain places,
to stop, be still, open our hearts and listen.
We know the urgency with which we need
to listen to your small voice of light
that gives us hope and healing.
Too often these days, our listening is full of noise,
fear, overwhelming despair.
In the midst of our own peaceful
and comfortable lives it can feel like
there is an evil predator spreading its darkness
across the world triggering wars, building walls,
feeding greed, dividing people, classifying some people
and places as worthless and therefore open to exploitation.
With so much of the world’s wealth and resources
controlled by so few and with so little regard for human rights,
for other species, for climate change, for the state of our oceans,
we can feel so lost and powerless to change things.
With all this noise, we can feel ourselves
shutting down in order to protect our own sanity.
Sometimes it feels just too hard to listen.
We know too, that we are often complicit
through the way we live and the choices we make.
Choices that create unnecessary waste,
prioritise convenience and our need to own stuff,
over choices that care for the earth.
Knowing that our ability to buy cheap products and food,
means that other people’s lives and resources are being exploited.
We feel the weight of our own heavy footprints
contributing to inequality and damaging the earth.
Inspire us to make time to go into the quiet places,
to listen, to find the light from the mountain places,
draw that beauty from around us and to find its light deep within us.
Give us the energy and desire to draw together
with others and guide us through the dark places.
To hear the stories of people making change,
of learning how to care for our earth,
of overcoming injustice through joint action and positive advocacy.
Thank you for the hope that getting involved with others can give us.
Thank you that we can be a part of your creative spirit,
creating healing and hope through things like music, art and crafts.
Thank you for the hope that this church community provides for so many of us.
Show us how to draw that light back into the world around us,
to be beacons of hope, forces of love,
advocates for peace and stewards of your beautiful creation.
And help us to draw that lightness of being into our own lives,
in the way we that we connect and care for each other,
care for the earth and advocate for change.
Open us up to your light each day
to shine hope into the darkness – trusting in you.
Meredith Budge, offered for worship 11/2/18