Let us light a light

(developed, I think, from ideas by David Adam)

 

Let us light a light in the name of the Creator

Who birthed the world and brought to life each one of us

 

Creator God we thank you for your world.  For its beauty and its danger.  Its excitement and its rhythms which sustain and frame our lives.  As we face the challenges of climate change may we dare to face the reality of what we have done to the world, may we not be afraid to be prophets and work together with all people of goodwill to find new ways of living on this changing earth

 

Lord in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

 

We pray for all working in politics and civil society. Especially for those genuinely seeking to bring reform into moribund and exclusive systems.  Give strength to those women and men of courage and wisdom who dare to shine light into dark and hidden places

 

Lord in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

 

We pray for all those who have known sadness in this past week.  We pray for all those known to us who are now having to come to terms with the unexpected. And we pray for all those who died nameless and forgotten deaths throughout the world this week and every week.

 

Lord in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

 

Let us light a light in the name of the Son

Who saved the world and reached out his hand to all of us

 

Saviour God.  We pray for your church especially for those called to be leaders and pastors.  May they be fearless in proclaiming your prophetic word, gentle in befriending those who fall by the wayside and wise as they seek to provide leadership to your people.  And enable each one of us to follow our callings for the sake of your kingdom that together we might be a blessing to this troubled and changing world.

 

Lord in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

 

Let us light a light in the name of the Spirit

Who surrounds the world and lights the light in each of us

 

God of the fire and wind.  We pray for each one of us present here today for the joys which we celebrate and the struggles that we bear.

We pray for those who are starting something new and those who are finishing something old

We pray for those who are struggling with old problems and those who are facing new challenges

We pray for those who are looking forward to a new birth and those who are confronting life in the shadow of death.

 

Lord in your mercy.  Hear our prayer

 

Let us light a light in the name of God

Who lit the world and breathed the breath of life in all of us.  Amen