Prayers of the people
God of Moses, Jesus and Jambi,
We pray for the renewal of the world
A world where some have papers and can enter, and others can’t,
where a boy who couldn’t swim hopped in a makeshift boat
to cross the English Channel in his bid for asylum … and drowned
A world where democracy is under threat,
-In Belarus, where hundreds of people have been imprisoned after days of protest over a disputed election result
-In the US where the postal service is being run down and letter boxes removed to compromise postal voting
A world where corruption and self interest put lives at risk
-In Beirut where not only have hundreds of people been killed and injured after the warehouse explosion,
but hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless and large parts of their city destroyed.
In the midst of hopelessness, in places of death
may new life come.
We pray for the renewal of the church.
Where our spaces are empty and our doors are closed
For the churches in our presbytery,
For presbyteries in our Synod.
In the midst of emptiness,
may we rediscover what being the gathered people of God can mean.
We pray for our community
For those we used to see so often but haven’t seen for ages
For those of us who are ill, are lonely, are isolated.
For those of us who struggle to have a cooked meal,
For those of us for whom isolation is not new,
and a lack of social contact is all too familiar.
May we reach out.
May everyone have a place to flourish and grow,
and know what it is to be loved as a child of God.
Kirsty Bennett, offered for worship 23/08/2020, Pentecost 12A