3 May (Fifth Sunday of Easter)
'Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.' (1 John 4:11)
open to us today the sea of your mercy
and water us with full streams from the riches of your grace
and springs of your kindness.
Make us children of quietness and heirs of peace:
kindle in us the fire of your love:
strengthen our weakness by your power
and bind us close to you and to each other.
From the Syrian church.
10 May (Sixth Sunday of Easter)
Christian Aid Week Prayer
Let your hand rest upon your people of Ethiopia,
widows and orphans, aged and children,
strangers and wanderers.
And join us also with them,
protect and strengthen us, from all evil works keep us apart,
and in all good works unite us.
You are life for our souls.
You are the life of the world.
From the church in Ethiopia.
17 May (Seventh Sunday of Easter)
'I am asking on their behalf...' (John 17:9)
Joyful God, we give thanks
for those whose days and nights are shaped by prayer,
and lived in sacrificial care.
So we pray for the stirrings of the Holy Spirit,
within us and amongst us,
in our families, our workplaces and our communities
that we may live our lives in intimacy and kindness,
and know the presence of Jesus beside us.
God, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.
24 May (Day of Pentecost)
'I will pour out my Spirit...' (Acts 2:17)
Spirit of the living God,
You breathe in us, on all that is inadequate and fragile.
You make living water spring even from our hurts themselves.
And, through you, the valley of fears becomes a place of wellsprings.
So, in an inner life with neither beginning nor end,
Your continual presence makes new freshness break through.
Prayer from Sri Lanka.
31 May (Trinity Sunday)
'But all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.' (Romans 8:14)
We believe in a loving God,
whose Word sustains our lives
and the work of our hands in the universe.
God is life.
We believe in God’s son among us
who brought the seeds of life’s renewal.
He lived with the poor to show the meaning of love.
Jesus Christ is Lord.
We believe in the Spirit of Life
who makes us one with God,
whose strength and energy renews our own.
The Spirit is love.
Camillo Torres, Colombia
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