Daily Reading and Prayer: Sunday, June 7

Reading

Hebrews 3:1-6

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future.

But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

Prayer

Our Lord and our God;

We are thankful for the gift of your creation, and the summer months ahead; for the flowers in bloom, the crops in the fields, the warmth of the sun, the cool of the shade, for the refuge of our Island home.

We are thankful that you have come to us in the gift of Jesus Christ, and that in Jesus we can clearly see and understand who you are; a God of compassion, mercy, forgiveness and love.

We are thankful that you have given us the gift of the Holy Spirit who leads us to faith, strengthens our spirits, and comforts our troubled souls, and who opens our eyes, hearts and minds to be aware of your presence in all times and places.

We are thankful that you have given us the gift of the Scriptures as a witness to Christ and as a guide to how we might live our lives in a way that is helpful to others, and glorifying to you.

We are thankful to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for your gifts of life, hope, peace and love.

Help us to live as people with a purpose, to share these gifts with all the world.

We are all too aware, Father, of the need for these gifts, in our lives and in the lives of others. Our world seems to know little of these things.

Beset by pandemic, wracked with violence, plagued by injustice, scarred by prejudice, our world is in turmoil, and badly in need of you.

Help us to not be anxious in the face of unrest, but instead to speak and act with courage.

In the face of pandemic, help us to be responsible and supportive, bringing comfort to the lonely, help to the vulnerable, rest to the hardworking, and words of hope to those in despair.

In the face of violence, help us ever and always to affirm the way of peace, even after the example of Christ, the Prince of Peace, who in the face of violence did not respond in kind, but in forgiveness.

In the face of injustice, help us to point towards a better way, bringing our leaders and those in positions of authority to account, and defending those for whom no justice seems to be found.

In the face of prejudice, help us to truly be the Children of God, recognising all people as being equal in your eyes, and equally deserving of love, respect, fairness, and opportunity.

Help us, as your children, as your church, lead the way forward to a better future, and a world in which disease, violence, injustice, inequality, hunger, prejudice and war are all vestiges of the past;

May your Kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

For those in need in body, mind or spirit, we pray.

For those who grieve, we pray.

Remember in particular, Lord, the family and friends of Violet Ramsay and of Joyce Millard, and all in our world who grieve a loss.

Hear our silent prayers, O Lord.

The Lord’s Prayer

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, forever and ever. Amen.