Prayers of the People
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul urges them
‘not to pursue their own interests, but the interests of others.’
Let us so too, as we pray for the world, the church and the community.
God who gives life, Jesus who challenges, Holy Spirit who inspires,
We pray for our world:
A world where natural disasters are affecting
so many places: Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba,
a world where people have lost their homes
and spend their time queueing for fuel,
and then for water and then for food,
a world where a few have so much,
while so many people struggle to live a life
where they have housing and food and water.
May we think of others as we make decisions
about the fuel we use, the water we expect to be available,
the food we wish to eat.
May we make decisions that place the interests
of others alongside our own, rather than a long way behind.
We pray for our church,
That we may not be focus on appearances, but on humility.
May our leaders show courage to speak out against injustice,
May they have strength to lead,
And may we have the commitment to support and encourage them.
We pray for our community as we debate our priorities:
As debate continues about how people should live and love.
We pray for the people whose voices are drowned out, who feel isolated, excluded.
May we be ready to listen and to speak out when needed.
We pray for people who give of themselves for others
In their work here in Australia where there is illness and disadvantage,
and overseas in places of conflict and hardship.
We pray for people who give of themselves
for others as part of their day to day lives,
stopping for a kind word, making a meal,
running an errand, doing the garden,
marching in the streets, keeping vigil.
May we give as we able, of ourselves and of our resources.
We offer these prayers, and the prayers of our hearts,
especially for those of us who are sick,
who are recovering or preparing for surgery,
who are grieving as we pray together the Lord’s Prayer
Kirsty Bennet, offered for worship 1/10