As a gathered community of believers of the risen Christ we bring our prayers, fears and troubles having confidence and faith that what we bear is carried by the one who carries us. Tomorrow St Francis is remembered, his prayer is one that inspires us to be the people we are called to be. Lord make me an instrument of your peace, around the world there is not peace, where there is hatred let me show love, hatred for different races and faiths causes much of the conflict seen in our news. Where there is injury, pardon, teach us forgiveness Lord. In moments of doubt, despair, darkness and sadness, be for us and millions around the world faith, hope, light and joy.
We pray this night for your church. You have shown us love and how to love, help us to love the unlovable as we are graciously loved. You have given, let us follow your example, it is in giving that we receive. Teach us to pardon as we have been pardoned, and open our minds to understanding that we might understand. The work of the faithful is being done, let us not give up too soon, or try to find short cuts, teach us to practice our faith.
You call us to be compassionate, to be self giving, grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console. Flood us with compassion, allow our hearts to pour out on those who suffer. Bring to our minds those who live in pain, in need of consolation, whether in body mind or spirit. We remember those who have died knowing that it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. We call their names out to you….. for those named aloud, held in the quiet of our heart or those we have forgotten, we ask.
Written by Helen Manfield, to be offered in worship on the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, October 3, 2010.