Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Midweek Musing: Intercessions

For worship at Bainsford church in Falkirk a couple of weeks ago, I composed these words for our prayers for others and the world.


Intercessions

We pray for the city in which we live,
the neighbourhoods, streets and homes.

May all who dwell here with us flourish,
may we live our lives with wisdom, courage and compassion.

We pray for the land in which we live,
for Scotland, for the United Kingdom;

may all who dwell here with us flourish,
may those who lead our communities do so with wisdom, courage and compassion.

We pray for the places from which we have come;
the places we were children, the different places we have called home, the lands of our ancestors.

May all who dwell in those places flourish;
may we remember our stories with wisdom, courage and compassion.

We pray for places we have not known to be home –
where we have been stranger or been rejected, where we have not ventured at all;

may all who dwell in these places flourish, and greet strangers with wisdom, courage and compassion.

We pray for those among us who do not feel at home;
the homeless, refugee, migrant, lonely, isolated, those on the margins.

May all who dwell among us flourish, and may we greet strangers, neighbours and friends alike with wisdom, courage and compassion.

Amen.

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