Prayers of the People
God of grace and love,
Who weaves us together in the fabric of community,
Diverse, colourful and beautiful,
Hear our prayers as we offer them to you in this place.
Loving God, we lift our voices to you,
As we stumble in the darkness of our blindness
Help us see,
Help us to see the things that break your heart,
That we may respond with your love,
With your compassion,
In so doing, may we be your faithful witnesses.
Where there are lies
May we speak truth,
Where there is bitterness
May we love with tenderness,
Where there is hatred,
May we act with love and compassion,
And where there is violence
May we be agents of peace.
Help us this day to be aware of those who are homeless,
Who are hungry,
Who are struggling with mental illness and addiction.
We lift them up to you, Lord,
With the hope of healing
But also in solidarity with their struggles,
Knowing that the burden is lessened in the sharing,
And hearts are healed in companionship.
We give you thanks for this congregation
And for the place of refuge
they have provided here for 10 years.
Our nation is divided and tense at this time,
Lord, we pray that healing and reconciliation may occur.
Where imaginary lines are drawn between peoples
We pray for the healing of division
and a commitment to reconciliation.
We pray that this church and others like it
will be a place of healing,
Where enmity may be put aside
And common commitments may be found.
In this world of lies,
Fake news, half truths, misinformation and falsehood
We pray that truth may prevail
Your truth, Lord
May we be bearers of truth
Speakers of truth.
We confess our failure to speak and act when injustice occurs,
We confess our complicity in the web of deceit,
We fool only ourselves,
We ask your forgiveness,
Have mercy on us.
We resolve to act,
In spite of ourselves,
Our fears and anxieties,
Our questions and doubts,
Help us to be strong and resolute in our commitment to you,
A commitment that weaves itself into the fabric of community,
Diverse, colourful, loving, faithful. Amen
Peter Blair, offered for worship 20/8/17