‘Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ’.
Gracious God, as we approach the end of the week, we bring our prayers before You. As we take a moment of quiet, we reflect upon, and thank You for Your unfailing presence with us. For the times we have laughed and You have shared joy with us, we give thanks. For the times we have worried and You have held us close, we give thanks. For the times we have questioned or felt uncertain and You have guided us, we give thanks. For the times we have been sad and You have dried our tears, we give thanks. Lord God, we know that You are a God who is with us, who is there waiting to support and sustain us. At all times, whatever the situation, help us to continue to be assured of Your presence and place our trust in You. This weekend, as we see our nation unite in response to international sport, we pray for unity in our communities and across all nations. Lord God, we know that You created us to be a people of love, of mutual understanding, and a people that care for one another, across all boundaries. And so, may the power of Your Holy Spirit work through us to transmit love and peace in our world. We bring all our prayers before You in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, Amen.