All seeing God who seeks us out,
we pray for your church
which still denigrates and dismisses
both individuals and whole groups of people.
Forgive our closed minds
our failure to see others as your beloved children.
Help us learn to see with eyes of love.
We pray for your world,
torn in so many places by prejudice and hatred.
We pray that nations will see the humanity of their enemies,
that we may learn to seek peace over war
and that we may, together, wonder at your creation –
your generous gift
and not to close our eyes to its destruction at our hands.
We pray for our local community
For those who are isolated and unnoticed.
We pray for the staff at Blackburn Infirmary
whose work has become so hard in this pandemic.
We pray for the Chaplains, seeking to bring support and comfort –
work which brings comfort and love when people are most in need.
We pray for all who are sick and those who are dying
whether from Covid or other illness.
May each one know your love.
You are acquainted with sorrow and pain:
bring healing and peace we pray.
And for ourselves,
that we will look with eyes of compassion and love
wherever we go,
that we will know ourselves to be loved
and that we may marvel in the glory around us
even in these darkest of days.