Prayers of the people
O God of our many understandings, we pray that you will send your Wisdom, Sophia herself, that she may richly bless us in our living.
May she bless us with tears – for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women from many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from preventable causes.
May she bless us with anger – at discrimination, at home and abroad, against refugees and immigrants, women, people of colour, LGBTIQ people.
May she bless us with discomfort – at the easy, simplistic “answers” we’ve preferred to hear from our politicians, instead of the truth, about ourselves and the world, which we need to face if we are going to rise to the challenges of the future.
May she bless us with patience – and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be “fixed” anytime soon, and the understanding that our leaders are human, not gods.
May she bless us with humility – open to understanding that our own needs must always be balanced with those of the world.
May she bless us with freedom from mere tolerance – replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences, and an understanding that in our diversity, we are stronger.
May she bless us with compassion and generosity – remembering that every religion’s God judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable in the human community, whether across town or across the world.
May Sophia cleanse us and bless us with the all consuming passion of Jesus Christ.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
[This prayer is a prayer of passion, tears and anger. It is part of the prayer from the Opening Inaugural Event, Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC on January 18, 2009 by The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire.]
adapted for worship by Ian Ferguson, 16/9/18, Pentecost 17