celtic preayers

Prayers - Encounters with God's People

Gods people

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For those who have gone before us
Seeds planted in your rich pasture
With the hope of life eternal
May their enduring spirit live on
Enriching and empowering our lives
Their love linger
Their presence be near
Until we meet once more.

 


 

Lord of the lonely
Abandoned
Rejected
And alone
Enfold them in your love

Lord of the fearful
Bring release
Reassurance
And your peace
Enfold them in your love

Lord of the hurting
In their distress
Bring healing
And wholeness
Enfold them in your love

Lord of this world
And the next
Gather us all
Into your arms
Enfold us in your love

 


 

It's all in the touch
the touch of love
the touch of healing
the touch of compassion
the touch of reassurance
the touch that says
'You are special, wanted
held in high regard'
It's all in that touch
that very special touch
the touch you give through us
who reach out to those in need
to those who need to know.
Help us to be channels of your touch
in this dark world
to bring your love
healing
compassion
and reassurance
to a world that knows
none of these

 


 


For those involved in conflicts
The innocent
The guilty
The injured
Orphaned
Widowed
Politicians
Peacemakers
Relief workers
For those involved in conflicts
Bring comfort
Compassion
Sustenance
Repentance
Forgiveness
Healing
Tears
Love
And a peace that can endure

 


 

By your Word were all things created
By your Word were all things given
That all might live in your garden
Eat the fruit of the land
Drink your living water
Grow in strength and wisdom
Husband and wife
Brother and sister
Mother and child

 


 


For all whose image of your creation
is marred by pain and suffering
Your kingdom come
ALL: Your will be done

For those who wake each morning
to shellfire and destruction
Your kingdom come
ALL: Your will be done

For children dispossessed of childhood
and transformed into soldiers
Your kingdom come
ALL: Your will be done

For orphans wandering lonely roads
to uncertain futures
Your kingdom come
ALL: Your will be done

For each persecuted family
carrying your Cross
Your kingdom come
ALL: Your will be done



Lord, bless the noisy people
The rowdy people
Intimidating people
The drunk
And scantily clad people
Making their way home this evening
Bless the burglar
The loan shark
Prostitute and drug dealer
Low life
And dangerous people
Hiding in the shadows this evening
Inhabit their spaces
Enlighten their darkness
These prodigals of yours

 


 

If we had a fraction of the faith in you that you have in us
Then this world would be transformed, Lord.

If we showed a fraction of the love that you show to us
Then this world would be transformed, Lord

If we possessed a fraction of the patience that you display with us
Then this world would be transformed, Lord.

If we shared just a portion of the blessings that we have received from you
Then this world would be transformed, Lord.

If we showed as much trust in others as you have shown in us
Then this world would be transformed, Lord.

If we claimed just a fraction of the power you promised to your Church
Then this world would be transformed, Lord.

Transform us first, Lord, that we might transform this world
Through your love and your power.

 


 

 

When I talk of neighbour
I mean the family next door
whom I might or might not get on with.
When you talk of neighbour
you extend our neighbourhood
to the whole world
to all kinds of people
the old, the young
the good and the bad
those from different social
or ethnic groups.
I see them on my TV screen and just know
that I could not get on with them
if they happened to move in next door.
But then, that is your challenge to us, isn't it?
To do as you did.
To extend the hand of love
Unconditionally
No strings or prejudice attached.
I can't do that Lord
it is not in my nature.
But I am convinced
that you can do it through me