Prayers of the people
God of our past, You are working out a new thing.
We are gathered here today, free and safe,
to worship in the warmth of a golden Autumn.
To worship and learn of You, and to gain strength and healing from your presence.
Open our hearts as we listen to the words that you have spoken,
and take in the new thing which You are creating.
We pray for all who come here to worship, work, share,
and grow in your love and light.
We pray for leaders of the church here and worldwide,
as we face renewing ourselves after the revelations of the Royal Commission.
Don’t let your people be despondent,
but give us courage and hope in your guidance and presence.
God of our present, you are working out a new thing.
We pray for our world. For those torn apart by war,
and for your guidance in dealing with people who left here
with their wives and children, to fight in a war, and now want to return.
Give us compassion for these families,
and for all who are refugees from wars, greed and tyranny everywhere.
We pray for our natural world, which is groaning
under the burden of our exploitation. For animals facing extinction
and icecaps melting because of the warming of our climate.
For land and oceans degraded, with islands of floating garbage.
We pray for a new thing, for a turning around and facing the problems
we have with the knowledge you have given us
and with good will from people, governments and the commercial world.
We pray for all your people, whatever colour or religion, for we are all your creation.
We pray for the hungry, for the sick in body or mind, for those in danger,
for the angry, for the lonely, for the old, for the unemployed,
the marginalised, the unloved and for all those who grieve. M
ay we all be comforted by your presence and know we are loved.
God of our future, You are working out a new thing.
Help us to look around and see You moving, in unexpected ways
and through unexpected people. Not to be so busy making our own plans
that we miss seeing you. Help us to make opportunities from problems,
joy from sorrow and strength from weakness.
God of our past, our present and our future, make in us a new thing.
In the name of Jesus, our light and our life.
by Helen Burnham, offered for worship, 7/4