we belong to an imperfect church:
locally we disagree and hold grudges:
nationally we condemn others
but forget our own sinfulness and woundedness:
globally we argue over small trifling things
while the people of the world go hungry and homeless.
Forgive us, we pray.
Give us compassion and honesty.
you gave us a beautiful world
which we recklessly damage and destroy:
you gave us enough for all,
but somehow, half of humanity is destitute.
Give us vision to do things differently:
show each of us how we must change:
Help us to build your Kingdom
of peace and justice,
hear and now .
In silence we bring our wounds to you:
our own, and those of others…..
help us to know your love despite our imperfections:
that our scars are precious to you:
give us empathy and love for those who suffer.
We pray for all who mourn…
for all exhausted by their care of others …
and for those whose work is unseen and unappreciated.
We give thanks for all your gifts to us:
for healers – doctors, nurses and counsellors:
for Spring days and signs of life:
for families and friends
whom we can now begin to meet once more:
for the all good things you give
We give you thanks.