Prayers of the people
Earlier this week, on a cold, frosty, chilly morning, I went for my usual morning walk. The scenery was beautiful, but the news from the radio was not so good. So bad, in fact, that I came home quite depressed and quite determined to write ‘Prayers of the People that reflected the awful angst I was hearing about the world. But the words would not follow and I couldn’t come up with anything that really worked.
Later that morning Julie came back from her morning walk and said “I just stopped at the house down the road. There was a family sitting on the front verandah eating roasted chestnuts. I said to them “Well, there’s the place to be”. And they replied “Well, would you like some?”
And Julie shared this moment with them.
It was a bit of a revelation to me. I thought, ‘actually, this is what it’s all about – sharing who we are with those who need us most, in our community, through our church and the work we do and support throughout the world. So my prayer today is a relatively simple one:
Our God, you who know our hearts better than our words,
Our prayer for the world, our community, our church and each other is simple:
Lead us to the ones we need,
And to the ones who are needing us,
And everything that gets us through,
Gladly we receive from you.
The prayer continued with Amy Grant’s song ‘Greet the day‘ accompanied by a collection of community photos
Peter McKinnon, offered for worship Easter 7A, 24/05/2020