Life breathing Lord
we give thanks for this gift of life we have, a life you wish us to live in all its fullness
in the fullness which comes through our families,
parents who taught us from birth,
siblings with whom we shared the warmth of childhood home
husbands and wives we share our lives with
children who open our eyes to your world, in fresh exciting ways
Lord, we are so blessed.
We recall those who have difficult family relationships, through abuse, neglect, a lack of love
God of wisdom
we praise you for the vast array of knowledge which is at our fingertips, in this digital age. May we use it wisely
We thank you for all how have taught us at every stage in our lives, teachers, colleagues, friends, may our journeys of self discovery and understanding of your world and everything in it never cease
we bring before you those in our world who do not have the opportunities for education we take for granted, due to poverty. Show us the ways we can ensure all children can go to school, can learn, can grow into the people you wish them to be
God of the church
we praise you that your body extends around the world, that we have brothers and sisters through our faith in Christ our Lord throughout the world
may we learn from our fellow Christians, that together our faith may be built up, that together we can serve your world
bless the leaders of your church, that their message and actions reflect your love in the world and that they may be good pastors to your flock.
we bless and praise you for health care workers, for hospital porters, for those who volunteer in hospices and with the WVRS. We know, through their care and compassion, those suffering from illness or accident, and their families who wait anxiously at the bedside of their loved ones find comfort and strength.
we pause to bring before you the prayers we cannot express in words, but which are written on our hearts before you now
All this we pray in and through Jesus Christ, our Lord.