1 John 3:11; 16-18 (NIV)
This is the message we have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession – Zion, June 28, 2020
Father, we give you thanks for the privilege of living in this wonderful country.
We give you thanks for its rights, for its freedoms, for its opportunities.
We give you thanks for its laws, its safety, its systems of justice.
We give you thanks for good and fair government municipally, provincially, nationally.
We give you thanks for our country’s beauty, its resources, its wonders.
We give you thanks for the plentiful food, clean water, clear air, and rich soil.
We give you thanks for the bounty of land and of water.
We give you thanks for our health care, our social care, our education.
We give you thanks for our international promotion of peace and alleviation of suffering.
Help us to be good and helpful citizens, promoting the good, challenging injustice, being neighbours to all who are in need.
May we be every bit as diligent in fulfilling our obligations as we are in safeguarding our rights.
May we, as Christians, shine the light of love in our land;
A love that is active, bringing hope to the hopeless, help to the helpless, encouragement to the despairing, courage to the fearful, shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry, direction to the lost, and a reflection of Jesus to all.
We pray, Almighty God, that all who confess your name, that the churches of our land
may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.
Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of truth and love, justice and peace, that we may honour one another and serve the common good.
Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation,
that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others
and to your honour and glory.
Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours,
and grant that we may serve Christ in them
and love one another as he loves us.
Comfort and heal all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit.
Give them courage and hope in their troubles,
and bring them the joy of your salvation.
We pray this morning for … we pray for their families; we pray for all who need a healing touch.
Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, mercifully accept the prayers of your people and strengthen us to do your will through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who taught us to pray, saying,
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.