A prayer for our church community

O God our Father, as we pray for your blessing to rest upon the Church, it is the church here in this place which comes most naturally to our minds.  We are grateful for its worship and fellowship; for the care and teaching of children and young people; for its nurture and love.

Help us to see the kind of church you need today, Lord.  May we not lose sight of the many and varied needs of this neighbourhood.  Hold up before us the vision of your kingdom, a kingdom of justice and mercy, truth and compassion.

Help us to grasp the  meaning of the gospel which you have entrusted to us, and give us grace to live by it.

from ‘Prayers for the church community’
compiled by Roy Chapman & Donald Hilton.
NCEC, 1978