God of all, we bring to you those involved in the preparation of the World Day of Prayer as we search for ways and means to bring all peoples together in equality and justice.
Lord we cry out to you for help and inspiration.
In your mercy, hear our prayer.
Protect us, Lord, and be with those who are endeavouring to bring enlightenment to all the world, to bring awareness of the conditions that lack justice and humanity, and to bring us together in the love taught to us by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Move us Lord, through the Writing Country to reach out in love to our neighbours both near and far, so that the humble may be exalted, the hungry filled with good things.
Grant us the courage not to rush back to our old ways, but to rebuild our world together, creating foundations of justice, with equality and peace for all.
Prayer: inspired by Catherine Gorman/CAFOD
Inciteful God, we give thanks for our brothers and sisters in congregations throughout the world- for their faith, their love, their work and their perseverance.
We bring to you in our prayers, Lord, their work produced by faith, their labour prompted by love, and their endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Thess 1:2-3)
Creator God, who made our beautiful world, appointed us as its guardians and gifted us with everything we need, forgive us for the times we cause it harm; for the times our way of life affects our neighbours.
Inspire us, Lord, to care for the environment; to help rebuild lives and communities; to share in the griefs and anxieties, joys and hopes of all your people, so that all your creation may flourish.
Loving and Gracious God, you have given us so many gifts, particularly the gift of our minds and we thank you always for your blessings. That we as a committee come together to pray and to work, to encourage others through prayer and to send out the message of your love and grace to all the world. To bring about a change in the minds of governments that they can understand that everyone of your children is deserving of compassion, that they deserve justice, equality and peace in their lives.
Lord we give thanks for our committee members, who have felt the touch of the Holy Spirit, to come together to find ways to encourage others, to show support to those who suffer from injustice and abuse and to be a family together in providing a mutual confidence to bring about the fulfilment of your command to love one another. Amen