Prayers of the People
Gracious and glorious God, you hear our prayers before we speak,
and answer before we know our need.
Although we cannot pray as we ought, may your Spirit pray in us,
drawing us to you and towards our neighbours.
We dare to pray for peace in the world.
From your prophets we have been given a vision of a world
where weapons are disarmed, guns silenced,
and ancient and modern hatreds are defused.
And so we pray for peacemakers in South Sudan, Palestine, Syria
and all the places where violence and hatred does its destructive work.
Gracious and glorious God, bring peace on earth.
With a mixture of hope and frustration
we pray for those who govern us and other nations.
Turn their ambition towards justice and mercy.
Replace small-mindedness with generosity and kindness.
We especially for a softening of that hardness of heart
by which our leaders demonise, exclude and condemn.
And so we pray for politicians and policy-makers
in this nation, state and city, especially for those
who quietly work to heal our broken political culture.
Gracious and glorious God, bring love and compassion to politics.
We pray for the Christian community scattered around this world
and journeying once again through Lent,
preparing again to encounter the mystery and hope of Easter.
Keep us mindful of this wider Christian family in all its diversity and tensions.
We especially pray for small Christian communities
who lack material resources or social acceptance and who experience persecution.
And so we pray for the Coptic community in Egypt,
the Christians of India and Pakistan,
and other places where to be Christian is to be vulnerable.
Gracious and glorious God, bring trust, love and unity to your Church.
We pray for ourselves in all the joy and challenges of being this community of faith.
Increase our love for one another and keep us mindful
of the needs that exist amongst us and around us.
For those who are lonely or fearful, exhausted by life or ill –
may they know they are loved by you and this community.
For those whose struggles are silent and unknown,
may they always be welcomed and accepted here.
And so we pray for each other, for our ministers and leaders
and all who have contact with this church.
Gracious and glorious God may we always be
a community living and proclaiming the love of Jesus Christ.
All these prayers we pray in the name of Jesus Christ,
the one who is your love and in whose love we live. Amen.
Geoff Thompson, offered for worship 18/3/18, Lent 5