28 Jun 2023
21 Jun 2023
A Prayer for Sanctuary Sunday (25 Jun)
You are our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Thank you for your unconditional love and your unfailing hospitality.
On this Sanctuary Sunday, we rededicate ourselves to embody your compassion and commit to intentionally demonstrating neighbourly love to your children in need of sanctuary.
Teach us what it looks like to be the perfect host, to build bigger tables in our communities and to welcome and include those who are different from us.
We pray for all those who have been forced to flee their homes. Lord, keep them safe. Give them courage, resilience, and tangible hope. Guide their feet to people and places who will honour them and uphold their dignity.
Work in and through all those with the power to address the situations from which people have fled, whether war, famine, persecution, or climate change. Help us to understand what part we can play in alleviating the suffering of our neighbours.
In the face of hostility towards refugees and people seeking asylum, help us to model kindness, listening and compassion towards all human beings, even those with whom we disagree.
Keep us strong in our resolve to resist policies and structures that work against your Kingdom of compassion.
God, begin your work of restoration and hope in us.
14 Jun 2023
Today is the sixth anniversary of the Grenfell fire. Local churches gather to remember the 72 people who lost their lives.
07 Jun 2023
A prayer for Volunteers’ Week:
Lord God,Martyn Payne: BRF
you create, love and redeem,
not because you have to,
but because you choose to.
Inspire in us that same willing spirit of service,
as we choose to give, to care and to help others,
as volunteers in the work of your kingdom.