Prayers of the People
I will lead us now in our prayers of the people.
I have written these with some on this week’s events in mind:
the people besieged in eastern Ghouta, Syria as war continues
the posturing and poor behaviour of political leaders in our State,
nationally and internationally
the halt to rubbish removal in some municipalities
the agreement of Vic and NSW to join a national redress scheme
for victims of sexual abuse
and of course,
our response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Child Abuse.
At the of the prayers I will light the oil lamp in the chapel
and I invite you to light a taper and offer your own prayer there if you wish.
Let us pray:
Loving God, Light in the darkness,
We pray for places of darkness where there is violence …
violence of war, where people living their ordinary lives
become pawns in something that is not of their making,
yet it is their homes, their businesses, their families, friends
and their lives that are destroyed.
Loving God, may your light shine in this darkness to create peace.
Compassionate Jesus, light in the darkness,
We pray for places of darkness where power is abused,
Where truth is manipulated, trust is betrayed,
responsibility abrogated, and leaders don’t speak out,
Where institutions and positions are valued more highly that people.
Compassionate Jesus, may your light shine in this darkness and bring truth.
Life giving Sprit, light in the darkness,
We pray for places of darkness where the environment is abused,
and not treasured as a source of life,
Where rubbish is created needlessly,
where some expect others to clean up after them,
where people don’t even think about what they do
and the impact of their lifestyle choices on our planet.
Life Giving Spirit, may your light shine in this darkness and bring renewal.
Living God, Compassionate Jesus, Life Giving Spirit,
we bring these and the prayers of our hearts before you,
that your light may shine in the darkness.
Kirsty Bennett, offered for worship, 11/3/18, Lent 4