This week's prayer suggestions

Loving Father, we thank you for creating this beautiful earth. Forgive us for having recklessly exploited it, depleting its resources and creating divisions between rich and poor, haves and have-nots. Help us to live so that we do not rob others of the means to live, either now or in the future.

Lord of the harvest, we thank you for all who have worked to provide our daily food. May they receive a fair return for their labour and realise the hope of a better future. Help us to consume wisely, and with thought for others.

Loving Father, we are mindful that while we are well fed there are many who are short of food, whose harvests have failed for lack of rain, or whose livelihood has been destroyed by war, inhumanity and exploitation. Bless those who are working to redress the balance and bring peace and justice where there is want, discord and destruction.

Lord of the harvest, make us generous, as you are generous, that from our riches we may increasingly give our support to those working among the poor and under-privileged in the world, and keep us ever mindful of our Lord’s command to make disciples and to love our neighbours as ourselves.

[Adapted from original material by Christian Ecology Link]

The Lord's Prayer (Contemporary)

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer (Traditional)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

A Prayer for the Church

O God, in whose sovereign power rests everything in heaven and earth, take hold of your church today that, in every parish in this Diocese, we may be led humbly in the paths of holiness and boldly in the ways of witness, that many may be found as new disciples of Jesus Christ and learn to live joyfully in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.