God of mercy (God of the cross)

 

We thank you that you did not keep distant from us but that you entered into the mess of human life

 

We thank you that on the cross Jesus revealed to us a new way of being human which was not afraid of being vulnerable or of honestly struggling with our humanity

 

Now as we live our lives in the light of your cross

May we know your creative love

And be captivated by the engaging power of your Spirit

 

Lord in your mercy…

 

God of mercy

 

We pray for our suffering world.  For those who live in the obscure corners of the world and are so easily forgotten in the scramble of the rich for status, comfort and control

 

We pray for Congo, Somalia, Tibet and for the people of Mindano.  (change as appropriate)

We pray for all those suffering in areas of conflict that we have never even heard of because they are not considered important enough to be mentioned on our TV screens

 

And we pray for those who are suffering close at home.  Remembering especially the homeless, those who have just recently found themselves without a place to call home, those who have spent years on the streets and those who are beginning to rebuild their lives

 

Now as we live our lives in the light of your cross

May we know your challenging love

And be energised by the transforming power of your Spirit

 

Lord in your mercy…

 

God of mercy

 

We pray for your church as we face the challenge of living in this complicated and difficult world.  We pray for all those churches who are suffering with their people, give them a full measure of your Spirit that they may be able to bring your hope into dark places

 

We pray for ourselves as we seek to be your church in our neighborhood.  Give us open hearts that we might be able to offer hospitality to the stranger and find authentic ways of being together as a community which recognizes and acknowledges you

 

Now as we live our lives in the light of your cross

May we know your faithful love

And be transformed by the unsettling power of your Spirit

 

Lord in your mercy…

 

God of mercy

 

We pray for ourselves in our struggles and our humanity.  We bring to you our aches and our pains, our failures and our successes, be with us as we walk the path we must walk and make the decisions we need to make.

 

We pray for all those we know who are suffering in some way whether that be because of illness, disappointment or worry. Show us how we can support them and give them the strength of your Spirit which is so much greater than our own limitations and fallibility

 

And now as we live our lives this week in the light of your cross

May we know your gentle love

And be filled by the sustaining power of your Spirit

 

Lord in your mercy…