Lord, our creator who neither slumbers nor sleeps; Lord, our protector, guide and help, be in our coming in prayer and our going out to the world in compassion.
This week is the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, giving us such a great ability to know more about our world and to share with each other. Therefore we praise you for our international links:
The Cathedral church of St Edmundsbury, “St James and St Edmund” in Suffolk, England, this year celebrating its centenary, historically linked with Martha’s Vineyard in United States.
For this year’s centenary of the Brownies, sisters in Girl Scouting world wide.
And then we pause to wonder – these are organizations of human creation, maybe we should celebrate more of what you have given us, your creation of us and our environment. We praise you for the great diversity of the Amazon rainforest.
As Tropical Cyclone Lusi tracks towards New Zealand and a tourist is rescued from a storm on Snæfellsjökull, Iceland, we praise you for the stunning beauty of lands of fire and ice; the amazing systems of ocean currents and storm and calm.
And so we seek your mercy on the paucity of our thoughts and prayers. Give us the words to say to each other and to you as we pray:
for those seeking the lost Malaysia Airlines plane; the relatives and friends desperate for news;
for those caught up in the gas explosion in New York, United States which has left 2 people dead;
for those in Japan, and other disaster hit areas of the world, still living in temporary housing on this, the third anniversary of the devastating Japanese tsunami;
for those with greater access to mobile phones than to clean drinking water;
for the people of Ukraine, especially the province of Crimea;
for the people of Syria.
Lord, keep us in our going out and our coming in, forever more. Amen