Holy God, you have called us here today; and so as we gather in your house we offer to you our prayers which stem from our love for you and our love and concern for those we love and for the people of the world.
Lord God, when the Church joins together, we can show people a much fuller picture of Jesus and His Kingdom. We pray for your church, and the churches in our local community, and ask that there will be a growing desire to get together. We give you thanks for those who come up with fresh ways of making your name known to the wider community and for those who work so hard to make worship possible through online and virtual services.
Creator God, we pray not only for the victims but for the perpetrators of evil and violence in our world; for all governments which run on corruption and fear. We pray for a change of heart and attitude, an awakening to a better way of living, and the courage to reject wrong principles. Thank you that we live in a country where we are free to worship openly without restrictions imposed by a government regime.
Thank you for your promise of eternal life and peace. Sustain and heal those who are unwell. Be close to those who are recently bereaved, strengthen all with the knowledge that you are always there to lean on and will carry us through difficult times.
God, we trust that you are good and do good. Teach us to be your faithful people in this time of global crisis. Be with all those who are working to keep us safe and all those who are following COVID safe social distancing. Give wisdom to our Government and those around the world as they define ways to ease lockdowns and reinvigorate the economy. Help them to be aware of your purposes through their decisions that they may provide safe pathways out of the pandemic. Help us to follow in the footsteps of our faithful shepherd, Jesus, who laid down his life for the sake of love. Glorify his name as you equip us with everything needed for doing your will.
We pray for those affected around the world by natural disasters including fires and floods, especially those currently experienced in America. Keep them safe and may Christians reach out to them.
Thank you for the refreshing rains for our land to keep our dams full, our farmers land replenished and our bush regrowth and gardens green.
Father God, forgive us when we waste our lives by being too busy to enjoy your creation. Teach us how to make spaces in the day to do the things we most enjoy. Just as you rested from your work, help us to practise the discipline of recreation and help us to become your hands and feet in our street so that our neighbours will one day ask us to tell them more about you.
Dear Lord, forgive our yielding to temptation; forgive our pride, our love of worldly things. It must be hard to understand us sometimes; so very different is your heart and mind. But, we remember that you do know what it’s like to be a part of humankind. You suffered just like we do, and you were tempted. You lived with us so you could comprehend the things that we go through each day, so you could give us mercy, and be our redeemer. Thank you for compassion and forgiveness; Thank you for your love and empathy. Thank you, Lord, for coming down from heaven to experience life’s trials, just like us.
Help us Lord to always want to know you more and to make you known to others. Give us courage to be bold in our faith and the desire to share your love and your word with everyone in our life. Dear God use us to send your light into a dark world.
Heavenly Father if only the world were full of Christians who studied their Bible daily, who really did believe God’s commands applied to them, who put what they learned in God’s Holy Word into practice, their actions reflecting that Word, who knew that being a Christian is more than just going to church who lived their lives according to God’s will, service to Him their main purpose, who practiced Jesus’ teachings every day, with everyone they met, loving and helping their neighbours, then the earth would be a place of heavenly harmony and peace. Help us all to be those Christians.
Faithful God, at the start of this new week, help us to be an example to others and show us the practical steps we need to take to develop consistency and integrity in all that we do in our lives.
We pray all these things through you Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.