God of the vastness of creation,
we pray for your church.
Forgive us when we lose sight of
Your grandeur, Your eternal nature
and worship something small and tame.
Help us to lift our eyes to you,
And to walk in humility and gratitude.
Help us to create, not destroy,
to speak words of love, not of hate.
God who spoke creation into being,
we pray for our world
as we behave in destructive ways
that we seem unable to stop.
Give us wisdom and grace to change.
We pray for governments
and multinational companies,
that their policies will sustain
rather than destroy,
and put the good of creation
before personal and financial power.
We pray for our local community,
for the staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital,
GP surgeries, care homes –
all who are working to keep things going
in the face of the pandemic.
We pray for Ghausia Masjid Mosque in Nelson,
which has lost half of its management committee to Covid.
We pray for those who live in fear,
those who are lonely and isolated,
those across the world living in poverty
with no hope of medical care,
and for those who put personal pleasure
before respect and care for others.
God, you are beyond our understandings
of time and space
we bring our individual lives to you,
believing that we are all your beloved children.
Look with compassion on those who suffer:
those who dying,
those who mourn,
those left exhausted and frail.
Give us hope, as the days lengthen
that creation will be renewed,
that this time of death will end
and we will share companionship once more.
God who spoke life into being,
we thank you for the world around us.
The birds are singing their Spring songs,
buds form, bulbs poke their first leaves
through the cold earth.
Make us thankful people;
may we bow down with the wonder of it all
and give thanks.