Sunday 7 JUNE 2020
Prayer for Trinity Sunday
Holy are you, God our Maker
Holy are you, Christ our Lord
Holy are you, Spirit our Advocate.
You live in community, three yet one, diverse yet united.
Be a model for us
of how the Church must live;
Be a model for us
of how our communities may be healthy,
Be a model for us
of how, in ourselves, we can be whole and holy.
God our father, mother,
creator and protector,
made in your image, we bring our worship to you.
Christ our brother, friend,
servant and saviour,
converted by your love, we bring our worship to you.
Holy Spirit, our inspirer, comforter,
counsel and defender,
blessed by your presence, we bring our worship to you.
God, three in one,
whose nature we acknowledge as mystery,
we praise you for every sign of your care,
for your variety of gifts,
and for every way
in which you help, heal and uphold us.
Our Father in heaven…
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us in the time of trial
and deliver us from evil
for the kingdom, the power and the glory
now and forever.
Mathew 28: 16-20
2 Corinthians 13: 11-13
Prayers for Others
Black lives matter.
White lives matter.
All lives matter, God,
because all of us are your children,
and we are made in your image.
Our news this week has been full of the shocking scenes from America,
as a nation reacts to the brutal killing of a black citizen by the police,
as thousands take to the streets to demand change
and are themselves met with brute force and tear gas.
Racism is ugly and evil and we know that even in the time of his own ministry,
Jesus spoke out against it.
But it lingers on – not just in America,
but across the globe - including right here in the UK.
So we pray for those who are working for change here as well as in America,
that you will bless all efforts to create a more equal and just society,
and we pray that the church will take its place in this movement,
for when we stand against racism we are proclaiming the values of your kingdom –
the values of a better, fairer world for all,
and continuing the message of Jesus.
Father, we know that we also continue the work of Jesus
in the things we do to support and care for our neighbours
and those that are struggling in these difficult times of coronavirus.
We give thanks for all the brave and sacrificial work being done
by those in the front line of the pandemic – those putting themselves at risk
caring in hospitals, care homes, and in public places.
But we pray that you will show us things that we can do to make a difference,
as we try to remember not only those of our family and friends,
but those who are in difficult situations,
the ill and dying, the bereaved,
the worried, the homeless,
Keep us alive to your Spirit,
that we might see our opportunities
to serve others in your name.
We pray for our church in the turmoil that we are in,
seeking to find new ways to communicate
and proclaim the news of your love.
Guide us in this task – open our eyes and our imaginations to seeing new opportunities
to worship, fellowship and serve together.
On this Trinity Sunday we give thanks for the mystery of your nature
– as Creator, Saviour and Spirit.
We struggle to fully contain this idea in our heads,
but what we can do today is be thankful that you are at work in three ways –
still creating order out of chaos,
still providing the example of Jesus to show us how life can be lived,
and still communicating to us each day through the power of your spirit –
still speaking, still leading us into new truth.
Despite all that worries us about our world at this time,
you, God, remain constant.
You will not abandon us,
your promises will not fail,
and your love will be with us to support us through everything we face.
Accept our grateful thanks, in Jesus’ name.