Prayers of the People
Lord our light and our stronghold, we call your name.
This is the day and the world which You have made,
and we are here in safety to worship you.
And we are broken-hearted and ashamed.
Broken-hearted because of what has been done
to people who also worship You.
We are tied together in our shared history, Jews,
Muslims and Christians, and we grieve and pray
that you will spread your sheltering and comforting wings
over victims, families and the people of New Zealand.
God of love and Mercy, We don’t understand the minds
of people so blinded by hate that they could commit such a violent act
on unsuspecting men, women and children. But we pray
that hearts are not hardened to yet more hate, and violence.
We pray for all who live with the terror of war,
and those who seek for safety, we pray they will find welcome
and a place to raise their families in the peace they search for.
Lord of time and space. We pray for our earth, oceans,
land, skies and all the creatures of your marvellous creation,
as we are all woven together in a fight for survival.
For the changes that are happening in our climate with droughts,
floods, storms and earthquakes that affect us with more frequency.
We pray that Governments and companies,
will put away short term gains and profits
and work with scientists to help our earth recover.
In this place, God of love, we pray for all
who come to work and worship. We pray for the Elders
who are commissioned today. We also pray for Carlynne Nunn
who was Ordained yesterday. We pray for her as she begins her ministry
and for the people she will minister to.
We pray that You will guide Church Leaders and your people
throughout the world, and help us to reflect your love.
We pray for all who meet with us at Church and the Olive Way.
For leaders and helpers and friends who share food and conversation.
God of comfort spread your wings over your wounded
and may we all know your healing and your presence.
God of our Mothers and Fathers of our past, present and future.
We call your name, stand with us when your people are
Lost and weary;
In terror and panic;
in hunger and thirst;
in Heartache and loss;
and when we don’t know how to go on,
grant your people courage and hope.
For you are our stronghold and refuge.
You lived a life of love, shared our weariness and joy,
experienced all these things for us.
Light of our lives.
Live in us.
In Jesus name,
by Helen Burnham, offered for worship, 17/3