August 13th, 2023

God, like the Israelites in the wilderness, we too have known Your love,

and experienced Your care and provision.

You invite us to extend that love to the world around us—

to care for others as deeply as we care for ourselves.

And so we bring the needs of our world before You now.

In Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the many who do not have enough:

enough food to eat, or shelter to keep warm; enough employment, or money to pay their bills;

enough medicine or medical care.

Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We also pray for those who have more than enough,

but who still struggle to find meaning and purpose in life;

who indulge in dangerous or self-serving activities to dull their pain or loneliness.

Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, Your grace reaches out to all of us.

You call us to live as citizens of heaven, working together on earth with one heart and mind.

Strengthen us to live in a manner worthy of the Good News we have received,

offering our lives in service of Your kingdom, where the last are first, and the first are last,

and there is grace enough for all.

Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

In the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord, Amen.

– Christine Longhurst (adapted)