Prayers of the people
Gracious God, you hear our prayers before we speak. May your Spirit pray in us, drawing us to you and towards our neighbours.
We dare to pray for peace in the world. From your prophets we have been given a vision of a world where weapons are disarmed and ancient and modern hatreds are defused.
And so we pray for peacemakers in Syria, Nigeria, West Papua and all the places where violence and hatred prevail.
God with your outstretched arms, bring peace on earth.
We pray for those who govern us and other nations. Turn their ambition towards justice and mercy. Replace small-mindedness with generosity and kindness. Soften the hard hearts by which our leaders demonise, exclude and condemn. Silence the voices of hate and prejudice.
And so we pray for politicians and policy-makers in this nation, state and city, especially for those who quietly work to dismantle the barriers of race, religion, and ethnicity.
God with your outstretched arms, bring love and compassion to politics.
We pray for the Christian community scattered around this world and journeying once again towards the mystery and hope of Easter. Keep us mindful of this wider Christian family in all its diversity and tensions. We especially pray for small Christian communities who lack material resources or social acceptance.
God with your outstretched arms,bring trust, love and unity to your Church.
We pray for ourselves. For those who are lonely or fearful, exhausted by life or ill – may they know they are loved by you and this community. For those whose struggles are silent and unknown, may they always be welcomed and accepted here. May those who have been welcomed today continue to find this a community of encouragement and hospitality.
And so we pray for each other, for our ministers and leaders and all who have contact with this church.-
God with your outstretched arms,draw us closer to yourself and your mission in the world.
All these prayers we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the one who is your love and in whose love we live. Amen.
Geoff Thompson, offered for worship 31/3/19, Lent 4