A Prayer as Brexit Approaches

We asked Rev Dr Inderjit Bhogal, FoR Member and President of the Methodist Peace Fellowship, to share a prayer for use in this time of change:

Feel free to use and share his words:
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PRAYER FOR OUR TIMES

Holy God
Creator of the universes, the heavens and the earth.
You make all people in your image;
You know the hurts and hopes of us all;
Your presence is deep within us and around us.
Holy are your ways and holy is your name.

Forgive us
For all the ways in which
We assault and abuse your image in us, and in your creation around us.

Forgive us
For seeking the best for ourselves but not others, and so often at the expense of others.

Forgive us
That our highest ideals are marred by our selfishness.

Forgive us
for our ways and words that
Bruise and break relationships, households, congregations, communities, neighbourhoods and nations.

Forgive us
For the inhumanity, inhospitality, hatred, wars and violence
Which destroy homes and displace people.

Forgive us
For the inhumane, inhospitable and hate-filled treatment
of people seeking sanctuary, and of refugees.

Bring us and the world to always build cultures and communities of hospitality and justice

Where all are welcome, valued, belong equally, and have sanctuary and well-being.

Strengthen us to work with you to heal hurts,
keep hope alive,
to make all things new,
and never to tire of seeking justice and peace.

In the Name of Christ.
Amen.