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Monthly prayers

July

7 July (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)

'I watched Satan fall ....' (Luke 10:18)

Let us name what is evil in our world,
And in the name of Jesus, proclaim its defeat.

In a world where the rich are protected
From understanding the lives of the poor,
Let us believe the words of Jesus
I have seen Satan fall

In a world where the demands of international capital
Are more important than the health of children
Let us believe the words of Jesus
I have seen Satan fall

In a world where unjust laws and practices
Privilege white people over others
Let us believe the words of Jesus
I have seen Satan fall

In a world where women are silenced and exploited
Let us believe the words of Jesus
I have seen Satan fall

In a world where the lives of ordinary workers
Are exploited by the military
Let us believe the words of Jesus
I have seen Satan fall

In a world where the earth and its forests
Are plundered and destroyed
Let us believe the words of Jesus
I have seen Satan fall

Janet Morley, from Bread of Tomorrow, Christian Aid/SPCK 1992

 

14 July (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)

'Who is my neighbour?' (Luke 10:29)

Lord Christ,
When I ask, 'who is my neighbour?'
whilst secretly hoping to have my prejudices confirmed
- not him, not her, not them -
write these words on my heart,
'The one who showed him mercy.'

Then by the grace of God,
May I go and do likewise.

 

21 July (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)

'You are worried and distracted by many things.' (Luke 10:41)

Lord Christ,
When we are driven and relentless
with ourselves and with others,
tied up with pressures of time,
and the demand to do what is urgent
rather than what is important,

speak to us with kindness,
as you did to Martha,
putting all things in proportion,
and releasing us into finding our worth in your love,
not in our busyness, or our desire to fix things.
So may your living Word at the centre of our being
claim and command all that we do
and all that we are.


28 July (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)

'Ask, seek, knock.' (Luke 11:9)

Lord Christ,
Give us your confidence in prayer,
Your insistence in asking for the gifts of a loving God,
Your persistence in seeking out every sign of goodness
Your resistance to the closed doors of despair.

For your forgiveness of the harm that we have done
for your healing of our deepest hurts
for your love drawing us together
we bless you.

For your inspiring of costly reconciliation
for your power to rebuild lives and communities
for your call to journey on together in faith
we bless you.

And in wholehearted praise, we join to worship you
in the name of Christ our Lord.

 

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