Trouble and hope

 

In this world of trouble

In this world of suffering

In this world of confusion where it is hard to understand

Lord God give us once more the courage to hope

and let hope once again fertilise our hearts

 

We pray for all people who are seeking to recover from disasters whether natural or man-made.

Be with all those who have lost loved ones and all those who are unsure whether their loved ones are alive or dead

Be with those seeking to restore buildings, services and basic needs

Be with all those seeking to mobilize communities and agencies

Lord God give us once more the courage to hope

and let hope once again fertilise our hearts

 

Lord in your mercy…

 

We pray for our own country as we struggle out of recession

Give us the wisdom we require to reform our institutions and the courage to make the changes that need to be made

Be with all those throughout the world who found the good times turn into the bad times and be with them as they rebuild their lives

Lord God give us once more the courage to hope

and let hope once again fertilise our hearts

Lord in your mercy…

 

We pray for the church as it seeks gospel unity

Forgive us when we disrespect those who follow you in a different way and give us understanding as we struggle to respond to your words in this difficult and demanding world

Be with us as we walk together into the future as your body, that we may hear again the challenging words of Jesus ‘I have come to proclaim good news to the poor’

Lord God give us once more the courage to hope

and let hope once again fertilise our hearts

Lord in your mercy…

 

We pray for all those known to us who are sick or in need

 

Lord God give us once more the courage to hope

and let hope once again fertilise our hearts

Lord in your mercy…