Loving Lord, with so much war and violence in our world help us to know peace is always a possibility. Open our eyes and guide us to your call. Hear our prayers we bring before you.
We pray for peace in the Holy Land and that violence cannot help us reach lasting peace.
We pray for the many who have died in Israel and Gaza following the Hamas attack. We think of the parents who have lost children and loved ones. We pray that aid reaches those in need.
As the UK prepares for much colder than average conditions, following an unseasonably warm start to October, we pray that those struggling to pay heating bills and those seeking secure shelter will find the help and support they need.
As NHS waiting lists continue to cause alarm and distress, we pray for the thousands of patients waiting for treatment, operations, and care plans. May the Holy Spirit ease their suffering and give them hope for pain-free days ahead.
As the nights draw in, we pray for those that live alone, feel isolated and lonely. Let us remember to offer our time and care to check in on those that feel forgotten.
We pray for those that feel the weight and sadness of grief. May the Holy Spirit soothe their soul, restore their hope, and cradle them in love.
Lord, thank you for being our light in the darkness. Help us navigate the path you have chosen for us; we will always be signposted by you. Amen.