Fourth Sunday After Epiphany
GATHERING IN GOD'S NAME
Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13.14
Prayer of the Day
you confound the world’s wisdom
by giving your blessing to the lowly and pure in heart:
give us such a hunger and thirst for justice
and perseverance in striving for peace,
that in our words and deeds
the world may see the promise of your kingdom,
which has been revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayers for the World
We pray for California as it battles in the trenches of its annual fire season. We in Australia are familiar with the unrelenting threat of fire. We pray for our brothers and sisters in America who continue to fight wild fires. Please strengthen their hearts and their resolve Lord as they continue this eternal battle. Please help those under imminent threat find pockets of safety, where they won’t be harmed. Please also help us Australians to remain vigilant to the threat of wild fire.
We pray for the people of Tonga who have lost their homes to the volcanic eruption, and ensuing tsunami. Please give them stability Lord, so they can recover and rebuild.
Prayers for Australia
We bring before you the children returning to school in the middle of a pandemic. We pray for the success of the governments rollout of covid test kits. We pray for the delivery people driving them to school. We pray for the kids patience as they are shuffled in dynamic ways to prevent the spread of covid. We keep them in our thoughts and pray you calm their hearts so their may be open to learning at these vital stages in their lives.
Prayers for the Community
We give thanks for the local people making vaccinations easier for children. Thank you Lord for our wonderful neighbours who go the extra mile to put up balloons and bright colors, to help the kids feel loved.
We pray for people sick with covid. Please be near them in their suffering Lord and restore them to full health and vitality. We especially pray for those with compromised immune systems. We pray that they avoid the virus, or recover fully if they catch covid too.