God of wisdom, may we know your calming presence
in the midst of chaotic storms;
and also Your shifting flux, The Holy Spirit,
to bring storms of positive change
when we are too easily at peace
Give us wisdom to know:
when to speak and when to be silent,
when to offer help and when to hold back,
when to ask for help and when to go it alone,
when to comfort and when to challenge,
when to pray and when to get busy.
We pray for authorities, whether in national or local government,
in financial institutions, or in powerful, influential, unelected lobbies.
May there be a change in emphasis from constant economic growth
to well-being, the creation of real opportunity, and justice
We pray for all who are in engaged in the struggle
against oppression, injustice, greed and nepotism;
and for all who long for a better life
for themselves and their families,
especially for those stuck in work with long hours
with low pay and little satisfaction;
and those who have had to leave their homes and countries
because they are afraid for their lives.
Be near them and bring hope to the world.
Bless the work of the Church of Scotland and other denominations,
the congregations here in Leith and throughout Edinburgh,
our presbytery and its committees having to make difficult decisions
at a most difficult time.
May we never lose sight of our mission here
to band together in faith and unity
and to make You known in loving word and deed.
We bring to You those who are finding it hard to cope at the moment,
for all who reach out to You in need
and for those who don’t know who to reach out to for help.
And especially today, we remember:
Peter, Bill B, Evelyn, Jean, Janet, Malcolm,
Zoe, Gordon and John, Emily, Allen’s family,
Mary, Eleanor, Andrew, Ela, Yvonne, Stuart,
Jill, John N, David, Jean and her family,
James, Karen, Margaret and family, and Mary D.
In weakness be their strength, in darkness their light,
in suffering their healing, in anxiety their peace,
in fear their courage, in dying their hope,
and in sorrow their comfort.
Hear our prayers, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
[The second and penultimate paragraph of this prayer have been adapted from a prayer by Bruce Prewer]