Prayers of the people
Our Father, and Mother in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
Creator of our world down to the last atom. You have called us to come together to sing, pray, praise and worship you. To learn of you, to love and support each other and to be a witness of your love in a world full of need. May we live our lives as those filled with “living water”
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
We pray that the Church, Governments and people forget the barriers of, gender, race, sexuality and religious practices and join together to recognise your truth and follow where you lead.
We pray Peace for those who live with exploitation or in countries at war, and for welcome for those trying to escape and find new home.
Reconciling God, open our eyes to see you working in our world, in unexpected ways and through unexpected people.
Heaven on earth
Give us this day our daily bread
We pray for those who work the land and produce our food and products. This life is becoming more difficult with Climate change, floods, fire, drought, and disasters, and they are feeding the world.
Lord be with Ian and all those who are working with people traumatised by the recent fires. Give them strength and resilience and help them to have hope for the future.
And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Life giving and forgiving God
Forgive us for our weakness, for our lack of faith, for our failure to see you in those around us. In the homeless, unemployed, old, sick, angry or exploited.
We pray for all our doctors, nurses, paramedics and students training for medicine. They face violence and illness themselves everyday as they work, and they are our defence in the face of this epidemic.
Help us to stop fighting over toilet paper and work together to support each other, to learn to forgive and work together for our common good.
Save us in the time of trial.
This is a time of trial.
We face both climate change and the threat of a pandemic. Help us not to loose sight of each other’s humanity in protecting our own little worlds.
Inspire us with new ways to live and help us to listen to each other and to be open to new ideas. Fill us and wash us in your “living water”
And deliver us from evil.
Open our eyes to see where evil exists in our world. May we be willing to stand against complacency and give us the courage to join the fight. Whether it is Governments, corporations or single powerful voices who cause division and only wish for money in their pockets or power in their hands.
For the kingdom,( your kingdom come) the power(your will be done)
And the glory are yours
Now and forever
We pray this
In the name of Jesus, “the living water”
Helen Burnham, offered for worship by Kirsty Bennett and Valentina Satvedi Leydon, 15/03/2020, Lent 3A