Lord Jesus, lead us to grow in your image and become more fully human. Lead us to respect and value all other people that we may work together for justice for all and the building of your kingdom. Amen.
Father, help us to see and love in others what you see and love in them. Amen.
Lord, I pray for gifts and talents that will help me and other people. As I pray for these gifts I know, too, that I will need to work hard at developing them - to become more patient, - to grow in wisdom, - and to be faithful in friendship. May I be as faithful to others as you are to me. Amen.
Father, may our human family not become separated from you by building barriers of race and colour, of class and belief. Inspire us to recognise that we are all made in your image and likeness, so that we may grow in appreciation of all people, and encourage each other to grow in pride in who we are and who we are called to be. May we recognise your Son in our midst, and live truly as brothers and sisters. Amen.
O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted on us. Remember instead the good things that have come to us thanks to this suffering - our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, our courage, our generosity, and the greatness of heart which have all grown out of this. And when they come to judgement, let all the good things that have come out of this be their forgiveness. Amen.
Lord, it is in this place and in this time that you want me to grow. You give me the time I need to live as you want me to live. Help me to use my time and opportunities wisely. Help me to value and treasure all the people you put into my life, and lead me to live in thankfulness. Amen.
Lord, we bring before you all who are imprisoned unjustly and all who are tortured. We think of those people who live in fear of injustice and repression. We pray that the minds of those who abuse others may be turned to what is good and honourable. May those of us who live in freedom not take our heritage for granted, but be of good influence in leading others to value one another as brothers and sisters. Amen.
Lord Jesus, you tell us that those who mourn are “blessed”, knowing that only those who love greatly can mourn. We know, too, that it is better to have loved and lost someone than never to have loved at all. We ask you today that through our own sufferings of different kinds, we may discover strength and peace through helping and supporting others in their difficulties. Amen
Lord, may I receive this day as much respect and encouragement and building up as I give to others today. Amen
We remember that you said that you would be with us, so we do know in our minds that you are present. But there’s a difference between knowing that you’re present and growing in the faith that you are beside us. We ask for the power of your Spirit in our lives each day, so that we may live more fully in your presence. Only then will our attitude and words and actions better reflect yours. Amen
Lord Jesus, I give you my hands - to do your work. I give you my feet - to go your way. I give you my eyes - to see as you do. I give you my tongue - to speak your words. I give you my mind - that you may think in me. I give you my spirit - that you may pray in me. Above all, I give you my heart that you may love, in me, your Father and all mankind. I give you my whole self that you may grow in me, so that it is you, Lord Jesus, who live and work and pray in me. Amen.
God our Father, your love for our world and for each of us individually is so great that you sent Jesus, your Son, to live fully as one of us. May he lead us to live in peace and work well with each other to build your kingdom in our world which you love so much. May your Spirit unite us and lead us to appreciate and value all who are different from ourselves. Amen.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord shine his face upon you. May he show you his loving kindness and bring you peace. Amen.
God our Father, open our eyes to the beauty of your creation. Inspire us to appreciate all the wonders of life. May all that we see lead us to you. Amen.