4 May (Third Sunday in Easter)
'Then their eyes were opened, and they recognised him.' (Luke 24:31)
whose presence on our daily road
we often fail to see;
warm our hearts with fresh confidence in your Word,
so that, in making room for the stranger beside us,
we find your hospitality awaiting us,
and the reassurance of your presence
to inspire us to tread the road again
and to share the good news of your resurrection life.
11 May (Fourth Sunday in Easter) - Christian Aid Sunday
'I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.' (John 10:10)
who is more than we can ever imagine,
give us a wider vision of the world;
give us a broader view of justice;
give us dreams of peace
that are not defined by boundaries of geography or race or religion,
or by the limitations of worldly structures and systems.
Open our eyes and our ears this Christian Aid Week
that wherever we go,
we may hear your voice calling us by name.
Calling us to serve,
calling us to share,
calling us to praise,
so that we never give up on the promise of your kingdom,
where the world is transformed,
and all can enjoy life in all its fullness.
18 May (Fifth Sunday in Easter)
'If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.' (John 14:14)
God is love to me, and God is amazing even though I am not strong physically in terms of my health. Even though things are difficult I continue to go down on my knees and pray, and from time to time I see God responding to my prayer.
I don't know how I could praise God's name in a way that is befitting God's greatness. I do not have the instruments appropriate enough to make the music that would truly express how I feel about God.
There are times when I have sleepless nights and watch TV till morning, but I always feel comfort when I go on my knees and pray. I am sometimes up at 3 a.m. trying to sleep on that side or the other. There are times when the pain is so heavy; my hand with cramps, my fingers twisting.
Had I not been connected with God I would be accusing people of causing this pain, but earlier in my life I chose a close relationship with God, though I am poor.
God is with me in the morning when I wake up: God is around during sleep, and is with me as I try to walk around. I just cry knowing that God has heard my prayer. I live with great hope. Amen.
Prayer of an elderly woman living with AIDS in Guguletu, South Africa
25 May (Sixth Sunday in Easter)
'...because I live, you also will live.' (John 14:19)
in Jesus you offer life to the world
and love to its people.
When we see life only for ourselves,
Help us to hear your transforming love
speaking to us of respect, dignity and worth,
telling us that we are loved
and that we are to love one another.
In the knowledge of this love
work through us to bring your justice to the world,
in the power of the Holy Spirit.
For more of our prayers, please use the red arrows below to see our prayers from previous months.