Solid Foundation, heavenly Father
Blessing and praise and thanksgiving are yours and yours alone for all you have done in our lives
giving us the chance to build our lives upon our faith in you
giving us the warmth and comfort of homes built on love and mutual support
giving us the seasons, which sometimes all happen in one day, to allow us to see your created world in the vibrancy of spring and summer, the quiet and calm of autumn and winter
all of these, and so much more, we are so grateful for, as they remind us of the cycle of life and faith and the church.
There are times for newness of life, there are times for rest, there are times for moving and times for saying where we are.
Remind us to always fix our sees upon you and to trust in your never ending goodness, your covenant made to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob, a promise in which we are included.
In calling us your church, you have placed us all in the right position to support and uphold one another, not just in this congregation, but as your church throughout the world.
We are blessed we can worship freely and openly, we recall those with whom we are united in faith, who do not have this luxury
we recall Christians in Somalia, Kenya and Libya, and throughout the world, for whom you are their true foundation, their solid rock, despite severe persecution and risk to life and limb
We bless and praise you for the times, when we weren’t looking for you or you felt far away that you came to us, burst through our prides and egos and reminded us of the promise you have for us and all the world.
Burst through into the lives of those who do not seek you, or who do not realise you are at their side, in the midst of their pain, their loss, their loneliness
Burst in and reveal to them the closeness of heaven, the closeness of your love.
And burst into our lives, burst through our walls which prevent us from sharing your love with your world that we may reach out, in love to all those who struggle to feel your presence.
Move within and through your church, that is will become a breathing building of living stones bringing God glory and honour in everything she says and does
this week, we especially recall all those attending the General assembly
Grant them wisdom and understanding
vision and courage
love and peace
that in everything which is said and debated this week
your will will be done
and your love will be shown to the world
in and through Jesus Christ our Lord