Prayers of the people
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We pray Shalom, Irene, of the Comforting Mother and Father, Christ,
the bringer of our Peace and the Holy Spirit,
who walks beside us, be with us all as we come before you today.
We pray Shalom, Irene, to those who live with conflict,
with war, those who have been left in danger.
To those who are seeking a new home, safety, and freedom.
To those we have imprisoned through no fault of their own.
We pray Shalom, Irene, for our world fighting COVID.
For stressed and overworked Medical staff, and hospitals.
Health and Government officials making decisions for us.
And for us, once again in Lockdown.
We pray Shalom, Irene for our Earth.
For our icecaps melting, rising water that engulfs Islands,
and for those left homeless.
For animals that face extinction in the warming
of our land and sea, and our ever encroaching cities.
We pray Shalom, Irene, for our worlds inequality.
For the poor, the hungry, the abused, the exploited.
For those who are left out, or left behind.
For the aged who feel forgotten.
For the disabled who feel excluded.
We pray Shalom, Irene for our worlds faiths.
For opening of dialogue between Christians, Jews,
Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and the end of conflicts.
We pray Shalom, Irene, for First Nations People
whose customs and culture we have ignored and tried to destroy.
For stolen children, taken from their families,
and often abused and neglected by those supposed to care for them.
We are your people, we are your Church.
We pray that we can be bringers of peace and wholeness,
that we can be as open, accepting and welcoming as Jesus was, when he walked the Earth.
We pray these things in the name of Jesus,
the bringer of peace, Shalom, Irene into our world.
Helen Burnham, offered for worship 18/07/2021, Pentecost 8B