Prayers of the People
Watch or 43:13
Breath is life, and as we breathe and expand our lungs,
we breathe in our God, the Good Shepherd, and the Spirit.
Let us pray.
We open ourselves to you, our Mother, Father, Saviour, Friend, and as we breathe in,
fill us with the gifts that come with being a child of God.
Create the space in our lives for your New Commandment, for love, forgiveness, grace,
and mercy, so we can be your messengers and your disciples.
We pray for unity in our world. We could achieve so much if we work together,
to fight the changes in our climate;
to get vaccines to poor countries as well as rich;
to fight prejudice in all its forms, be it colour, gender, race, religion, or age.
Especially today we pray for survivors of all wars and for those who mourn.
We pray for an end to the futility of wars waged by the power hungry and the greedy,
so people can live in safety.
Mother and Father God,
we pray for our communit, for our families and friends.
Embrace, hold and give comfort, strength and hope
to those who walk through the valley of suffering.
We pray for your Church and for those who search for God throughout the world,
that we are all inspired by your spirit.
Friend and Saviour
We pray for this place and for our people, spread wide today,
that your love and your New Commandment shines through us.
We come for renewal and go out into our lives filled with the breath of God
praying these things in the name of Jesus, our Good Shepherd who walks with us.
Helen Burnham, offered for worship 25/04/2021, Easter 4B