For the ninth Sunday after Trinity.
Invisible and eternal God, who sent Your Son into this world to teach us your ways, as Luke reminds us that Jesus taught His disciples to pray, may we learn His lesson of prayer too, and pray to You in faith. We ask You to hear our prayer, offered in Jesus name.
As the children and young people begin their school holidays, we pray that those who will be returning to school or to higher education in the autumn will be refreshed. We pray for those awaiting the results of exams; give them patience; and for those leaving education to begin their working lives; give them the opportunity to find fulfilling careers. Father we pray that they thrive in a world of love and hope, knowing your grace.
We pray for our new Prime Minister and her government. Guide them as they lead our country into a new and different relationship with the remaining members of the European Union. Help Teresa May and her team find common ground on which to focus, as they negotiate our departure from the European Union.
We pray for places where there is hate and conflict, where those weak of heart, mind and faith try to compensate with strength of arms and persecution of the faithful and peaceful. Help them to see that faith is stronger than weapons. That forgiveness brings freedom and that love is stronger than hate.
Father forgive those responsible for the blast in the Afghan city of Kabul, which killed 29 people yesterday and injured many more. Forgive too the killer of the 9 victims in shot in Munich. Comfort and strengthen the bereaved. Let the perpetrators face justice, not revenge.
We pray especially for the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, for the 300,000 innocent victims trapped in the rubble and devastation of the nation’s civil war. Help us to show generosity to the fleeing refugees, by sharing your generosity to us giving them safe and secure places in which to make new homes.
Father God, through Your son you freed us from death, yet still we fear it. We pray for those who have departed this life, especially those whose death was by human hand and not your will. We ask you to comfort and strengthen those bereaved by their passing.
Gracious God we pray for your healing of those who are sick in body, mind or spirit. Give strength to the tired, hope to discouraged and those living in fear.
Glorious and gracious Father, when we leave this place, let our ears hear you, let our eyes see You and our hearts perceive your presence. May we dream Your dreams, reflect Your love, do Your work and may we taste your peace.
Merciful Father, accept this prayer for the sake of Your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.