Your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry with the bread of his Life
and the Word of his Kingdom.
Renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our struggle and weakness sustain us by the true and living bread, Jesus our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Category: Prayer of the Week
Divine Creator, you are the one who plants seeds, casts out fishing nets,
bakes bread, and searches for precious pearls.
Transform us into living parables, so that we may become imaginative and life-affirming stewards
of the world that you have entrusted to our thoughtful and compassionate care.
Loving and Living God, you let your sun rise on both the bad and the good.
Change our hearts and minds, so that we may learn to accept others with love,
as you have accepted us.
We pray that your Holy Spirit will grant our communities a sense of unity,
mutual respect and love as you have for us.
God, you are the mighty sower, the good gardener, life-giving, constant in creation.
Christ, you are the face of the Father, casting wisdom across the ages,
your arm outstretched to sow.
Holy Spirit, you are the wind that carries the seed and causes the fruit to flourish.
Trinity of creation and salvation, we worship and adore you.
Jesus, you call us to accept your yoke that is easy, and your burden that is light.
Show us your ways and keep us from burdening ourselves or others with things that are not from you.
Your affection for your disciples, Lord, shines out of your care expressed in this title, ‘little ones’,
which you gave to them. You were aware they were going out as lambs among wolves,
you knew they would need help and support, given through a generous, warm and comforting welcome.
You ask us, Lord, to continue to be open to receiving your little ones,
those who continue to be faithful to the work required by being faithful to your command
to go tell everyone your good news. Abide with us, merciful God. in Jesus’ name.
Loving God, as we come before you today yearning to learn the mystery of the Lord’s supper,
we pray that you will be with us by your spirit.
Open our minds by the power of your Holy Spirit
that we might get a glimpse of your great love for us
and the huge sacrifice you made on the cross through your son.
May we feel your presence and be filled with your grace today and always.
Restless God, we know that you never rest in your love and concern for all of creation.
We know that you ceaselessly search us out,
calling us to be here together in prayer and song and word.
We know that you do not rest until justice rains down on the earth and until mercy flows like a river.
We are your people, your community, your family.
Today we open ourselves to your restless Spirit,
God of all creation we live in expectation of your work in our lives.
Merciful God who welcomes us all,
no matter who we are,
no matter where we are from,
no matter what we have done,
no matter what our successes or failures in life so far have been,
we gather together before you, as your children, knowing we are welcome.
Mysterious and Holy God, faithful and unchanging:
open our minds with the knowledge of your truth,
and bring us ever closer into the mystery of who you are and your love for us
so that we may truly worship you, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
God of resurrection and Ascension,
on Pentecost day you taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit.
Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, you revealed the way of eternal life to every race and nation.
Pour out this same gift anew to us we pray, that by the preaching of the Gospel
your salvation may reach to the ends of the earth;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who promised this gift.
O God, the King of Glory, hear our prayer:
that as we believe your Son Jesus Christ to be exalted with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven;
so also we may know his presence with us now, and to the end of time;
who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.
God, gardener of Eden, who flung stars into space and nurtures the tiniest plant,
lift our hopes and dreams above the loss and damage of our suffering planet
that we might share your long-dreamed vision which values the pea as much as the plant,
fill us with your life-giving hope and inspire us with your creative Spirit now, and in the age to come.
God of surprises, you go on ahead to prepare a place for us.
We hope and believe that it will be a place where: barriers are broken to reflect your justice.
A place where life is lived to reflect your righteousness.
A place where wholeness and well-being reflect your peace.
A place of quiet gentleness to reflect your compassion.
A place of warm-hearted tenderness to reflect your love.
A place of graceful selflessness to reflect your humility.
But we live in the here and now, and as we wait with anticipation and hope,
we build your kingdom right here and right now.
Loving God, we are gathered here safely in the presence of a true shepherd,
secure in the knowledge that you love us and you will never abandon us to the wolves of this world.
You would rather give up your life to protect us.
But quite often, Lord, we get lost in the alluring pastures of this world
and you abandon everything to search and bring us back to the fold.
Thank you that we have safety and security of your abundant forgiveness
and provision in your Kingdom.