Prayers of the people
Let us pray
Let us feel the stillness rest in our hearts
Let us open ourselves to the present God
I invite you into this time of prayer
Who has built for us this world of miracles
Of dew that glistens on early morning leaves
Of the golden sunlight that warms our backs
Of unexpected smiles from strangers that lighten our hearts.
We bring our hopes and sorrows to you this day
We pray for the people of the world in their brokenness and confusion
For those who have lost connection with the land
For those who protect the land from the injuries of work and exploitation
We pray for those who suffer from discrimination, from violence
For those who have been hurt or killed due to their appearance or beliefs
We pray for those who suffer from ignorance
For those who shy away from reality
We ask for your strength to face the difficult truths together.
We pray for the church in this strange time
For worshipping at a distance without human contact
For compassionate and warm leadership in this time of isolation
Help us to keep the memory of community alive so that we remain connected.
We pray for our community
For those who continue to work in our homes
Who look out at the world from our bedroom windows and think
About a world we miss, and the small wonders of a normal life.
We pray for those in hardship, without work, or family, or good health.
For those who care for others
For those for whom caring for themselves has become difficult.
We ask for your love in this time of difficulty and uncertainty
To bravely continue our journeys and to reach out to others
However we are able.
We bring these hopes and sorrows to you today
In the faith that you will sit with us, quietly and eternally.
Let us now offer our silent prayers to you.
Hear us, God. Amen
Simone Alesich, with photos by Michael Rigby,
offered for worship 14/06/2020, Pentecost 2, Refugee Sunday