God of all, from the multi-universe
to the smallest cell,
help us as we seek to understand who You are
and what You would have us do in the world around us
and in the communities closest to us.
When we feel like giving up, give us new energy and enthusiasm.
When we feel complacent, give us new challenge and impetus.
When we feel pride in ourselves, give us humility.
When we feel we have nothing to offer, remind us once more
That, through You, we can do much.
Give us the calmness of spirit and the sharpness of mind
to see through empty voices
and to recognise those that may sound eloquent
but peddle hatred and intolerance.
May we reach out with acceptance and welcome
to all our fellow human beings
in the way we would want to be treated ourselves.
In this post-Easter time, may we discern the message
that Your good news has for us today.
Keep us from cynicism and knee-jerk negativity
and instead remember the empty tomb
the new life growing from the place of death
and new hope emerging in the here and now
and beyond death.
We pray for all who are bereaved at this time,
whether because of COVID
or for any other reason;
those who have been living with loss for a long time
and those for whom loss is new.
We thank you for people we have loved
and who have loved us
and made our lives fuller and more fulfilling
#than they otherwise ever would have been.
Today we pray especially for:
Peter, Bill B, Evelyn, Jean, Janet, Malcolm,
Zoe, Gordon and John, Emily, Allan, Mary,
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.
May your blessing and hope lead them into comfort, strength and peace.
Be near all who call on You in these troubled times
and those who don’t know how.
We pray through our Lord Jesus Christ,