Prayers of the people
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Now is the time for prayers for the people. At the end of the prayer I will take the Christ candle to the back of the church where you can light a taper at the end of the service.
Loving God as we come to you in Prayer, awaken us to the mystery of being here and entering the quiet immensity of your presence and spirit. Thank you for the gift of love so evident today with the beautiful baptisms and confirmation. And thank you for the freedom we have to express our faith so freely here today.
We pray for a world that is crying out for good leadership. Leadership that is driven by love, for a desire to serve, to seek justice and equality for all. Loving God, we pray for leaders who can speak out, drive change and counter the voices of fear and greed.
We pray for leaders who can build trust, offer healing and love.
As, year by year, we see the disastrous effects of war, especially for its innocent victims, with 82 million people now displaced from their homelands – show us how to reach out and offer welcome.
And as we learn more from our Aboriginal leaders, especially through NAIDOC Week, about the importance of place and connection with our land, we understand even more the hardship that is caused through being forcefully and violently displaced.
We know too, that we are all connected and that our actions impact on us all. Loving God, we seek your courage and persistence, to be the voices of love, truth, welcome and reconnection. To never give in to fear.
We pray for leaders that recognise the fragility of this earth, our home, and who genuinely champion ways that we can protect and heal our earth.
We pray for leaders everywhere, in every office, every parliament, in every place of faith, every neighbourhood, every street corner and in every home – people who choose to take leadership with integrity, to give voice to love, to welcome, to healing and to openness.
Show us how to be leaders in your love. Help us to follow your example of loving humility. To take your love out into the world to be beacons of hope.
Meredith Budge, offered for worship 04/07/2021, Pentecost 6B