Prayers of the people
Praise the Lord with all the church has to offer
Instruments, trumpet, guitars, strings, drums, voices,
With everything we have, and all we are, we praise you for you have done wonderful things.
We are your Easter people and we join our voices together in prayer.
God of wonders,
We pray for the victims of war. For families torn apart, for soldiers forced to fight, for those trying to defend their land and for the millions of refugees throughout the world. We pray especially for those still imprisoned here in Australia. Wherever there is conflict, ethnic or religious cleansing, we pray for tolerance and an end to aggression and greed. We pray for peace.
Mother and father of creation.
We pray for our world suffering through climate change. The signs are everywhere. We pray for those suffering through the floods here in Australia and droughts and food shortages in other countries. For islands slowly sinking under the sea and our animals and flora disappearing. For earthquakes in Turkey and Tsunamis in Tonga. We pray for governments and leaders who will care for the future of our children and very earth we walk on.
We pray for your Church. For people of faith everywhere to raise our voices, to speak your word, to be your light in this troubled world. We pray for all who gather, watch online, or work in this place, and for all who come here to find you. May we see with your eyes, work with your hands, and speak your words of peace.
Mother, Father, Jesus, Spirit
We are your Easter people and we pray for all who suffer from illness, discrimination in it’s many forms, imprisonment, unemployment, hunger, inequality. As we leave here and go into the coming week, May we take you with us, and share your love and peace with all we meet.
We pray these things in the name of our risen Lord, Jesus
Helen Burnham, offered for worship 24/04/22, Easter 2C