Prayers of the people
We pray Peace for the lands where bombs fall and bullets fly, destroying lives.
For the angry, the displaced and the dispossessed
we pray Peace and comfort, hope and forgiveness.
We pray for our world.
For land ravaged by earthquakes with earth that heaves and shakes and slides,
we pray Peace for terrified people and animals.
For lands where the rain and winds don’t stop
and the floods wipe away towns and people.
We pray Peace and safety.
We pray for rain.
Soft and gentle rain that falls for days and soaks into the thirsty soil,
so the grass will grow to feed animals and the people.
We pray Peace and hope.
For land where fire rages through forest and farmland
and consumes the very air we breathe. We pray Peace.
For the lost, lonely, sick, old, dying, we pray for love
and the comfort of helping and healing hands.
Creator God, we pray that you open our eyes to see this wonderful world
of beauty, oceans, rivers, mountains, happiness, and joy.
But to also see, the degrading of our earth, sorrow, anger, weakness, and helplessness.
Open our ears to hear music and laughter but also
to hear the lost and the cries of the overlooked and forgotten.
Open our hearts that we don’t ignore or fail to see
those who are excluded and favour the privileged.
Open our lives that we reflect and live out our faith and our belief in you.
We pray these things In the name of Jesus the source of our peace.
Helen Burnham, offered for worship, 9/9/18, Pentecost 16