Prayers for various circumstances

See also: http://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/topical-prayers.aspx

 

A prayer for peace in our communities

Gracious God,
We pray for peace in our communities this day.
We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions,
And those who work to uphold law and justice.
We pray for an end to fear,
For comfort and support to those who suffer.
For calm in our streets and cities,
That people may go about their lives in safety and peace.
In your mercy, hear our prayers,
now and always. Amen

A prayer for peace in our world

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God,
your saving power among all peoples.
Renew your Church in holiness
and help us to serve you with joy.
Guide the leaders of all nations,
that justice may prevail throughout the world.
Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Make us instruments of your peace
and let your glory be over all the earth. Amen

A prayer for family life (Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s prayer)

God our Father,
we thank you for our families; for the love that we share and for the joy of our marriage.
In the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life
and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy.
Strengthened by our union help us to serve and comfort those who suffer.
We ask this in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen.

(Copyright of St James’s Palace)

A prayer for those who mourn

O God, who brought us to birth, and in whose arms we die,
in our grief and shock contain and comfort us;
embrace us with your love, give us hope in our confusion
and grace to let go into new life;
through Jesus Christ. Amen.