Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Prayers for Manchester

With the tragic attack in Manchester filling the news, let us offer our prayers for all who are affected by this violent act.

Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding, deal gracious with the families of the injured and dead in Manchester and for the survivors.  Surround them with your love, so that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness and strength to meet the days to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Let us offer our prayers for peace.

O God, it is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace.  Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows, and give peace to all people of faith, peace among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts; through  your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Let us offer our prayers for the emergency services.

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of the emergency services at home and abroad.  defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Let us offer our prayers for those who perpetrate acts of violence.

O God, the Lord of all, your Son commanded us to love our enemies and to pray for them.  Lead us from prejudice to truth; deliver us from hatred, cruelty and revenge; and enable us to stand before you, reconciled through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

1 comment:

Belinda Kishimoto said...

Thank you for this. I did my degree in Manchester, and it was my first experience of city life, which I came to enjoy. Lifting my heart to the Lord with your prayers helps. Belinda Kishimoto