Prayers of the People
Mother and Father God hear the prayers of your people
Holy Lord, we are unfurling spirits made in Your likeness, formed to listen to Your creation.
We walk with you while you run with us.
Your creation and its gravity meets and holds our bodies.
Awaken our minds so that as we walk, we feel the earth come up to meet us.
Make us able to feel our feet on the pavements,
our arms in the sun, hear fat dollops of rain on the road.
Make us feel wholly alive in this life.
God you listen and watch under the weight of the cross.
You know this takes more than open ears and watchful eyes
– you know to listen means also to act
We pray for those who find this impossible;
for those whose lives are unable to be peaceful or free.
We pray for those in Ghouta, Syria and for those in other places of war.
We pray for our country’s decisions made in the name of international relations.
We pray for the people of China, where Xi Jingping leads a government
where systematic efforts control Christianity and freedom to worship God.
Where the government silences the voices of those who call out for liberty.
We pray for China’s Christians, those who fight for human dignity and rights
in that country and those working towards a just legal system.
May Australia, however imperfect we ourselves are,
be an influencer of human rights.
Our country’s and our own sins do not excuse
or exempt us from standing up for human rights.
Lord, may we all listen in your creation and
use the gifts you have given us of seeing listening .
Lord, we pray for Russia and the endemic corruption pervading its society.
We pray that your love and care for all people will move
into the corridors of power in a country where laws
allowing free expression have been disbanded and independent critics are silenced.
We pray for countries with the agency and power to come together
to quickly resolve tensions fuelled in part, by Russia’s unlawful air attacks,
its allegiance with Syria and involvement in the Ukraine.
In our own daily lives help us to slow down, to listen,
to be aware and then do something.
Gives us the courage to speak up and confront
and not be scared to call out others
when they pressure, bully, lie, ignore or walk over others.
Help us to do this in our daily, personal interactions,
not just walk away or via empty words or social media
so that weights are lifted in practical and real ways that make a difference.
Help us to remember the daily actions of Jesus
that lead to the Cross and that he acted daily.
Give us the strength to carry weight.
Help us to share the weight of hurt, unjustness and poverty.
Mothering God, we come to you now in our own silence prayers. Amen