O God, whose glory is beyond our seeing and knowing,
we pray for your church,
that it may it be a place
where your glory is glimpsed,
your beauty reflected in worship
and in the lives of your people:
and a place where many will hear
whispers of your love
for all your children.
God of glory
we thank you for the beauty of your creation,
and for those whose art and poetry
enables our seeing.
By your Spirit reveal your glory to us
wherever we walk,
and give us hearts brimming with praise.
often your glory is veiled
and we see only darkness and shadows.
Help us to keep faith;
to find the light which shines,
however faltering and dim;
and when darkness falls,
to know you are no stranger there.
We pray for those who are sick,
for those close to death;
for those who serve and care, accompany and heal;
for those who are bereaved, exhausted, broken.
We long for times of companionship;
for the physical closeness of family and friends,
for gatherings, cups of tea at the back of church
for freedom and joy.
Turn your face to us, we pray;
forgive our destructiveness and sin
and give us hope.
God of glory,
may we catch glimpses of you,
wherever we travel.