Celebrant: Challenged by Christ our Lord to “be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect,” we bring our needs to that Father who is kind and merciful.
READER: For all God’s people as they try to live his law of love, especially here in our community, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: For religious, ethnic and cultural groups divided by mistrust, hatred and misunderstanding that God can heal these divisions, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: For all our enemies and anyone who may have wronged us or hurt us deliberately, that forgiveness can wash over us. (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: For the ill and the infirm in our families and among our friends and neighbours during the time of this virus, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: For those who have asked for our prayers, and for those have died in the peace of Christ, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
CELEBRANT: Lord of all peoples and nations, as we pray for these intentions, help us to grow together; help us to overcome hostility and conflict. We ask this, through Christ, our Lord, (all) AMEN.