God of time and season,
at last, summer seems to have arrived
and we thank You for all that sustains life
and mood and well-being on this planet,
especially in these days where so many people
have been cooped up inside
through a long dark beginning to 2021.
Give us fresh resolution as we seek to play our part
in keeping people safe,
and in supporting the NHS, scientists, and policy makers
who are trying to get the balance right between opening up
and exercising understandable caution in doing so.
Give wisdom to all who make decisions
that have such significant impact on people’s lives.
We pray for people who feel vulnerable at the moment,
those who aren’t yet vaccinated
and feel at risk when they are indoors in public spaces,
in shops, buses, cafes and workplaces.
Give to all a sense of responsibility
to take best care of other people.
And we remember people who suffer prejudice
on a regular basis: whether from racism, sexism,
homophobia, transphobia, or other irrational hatreds;
we pray that the church may move quickly beyond
discriminatory attitudes of the past
and instead support movements of liberation
and stand up for all who face bigotry.
We bring to You people who are on our minds today, including:
Peter, Bill B, Evelyn, Jean, Janet, Malcolm, Robin’s family,
Zoe, Gordon and John, Emily, Allan, Mary,
Maureen’s family, Eleanor, Andrew, Ela, Jennifer, Yvonne,
Mary M’s family, Jill, John N, David and his family,
John C’s family, Bill M, Karen, Mary D, Ceala and her family.
Be their refuge and strength, solid ground in times of trouble.
We bring our own church to You, in Leith and in Scotland,
and trust in You to guide us through testing times
so that we might find new, bold ways of being the church
in worship, prayer and action.
And we bring ourselves to You,
all that we face now and in the future.
Be with us, just as You have been in the past,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,