Prayer for the week Sunday 18th August
The Friends of Jesus – the women who followed him
in the beginning you made humankind,
male and female, made in your image,
crowned with glory and honour,
caretakers of your creation.
In a world long dominated by the rule of men,
we pray for marginalised and oppressed women
in all nations and communities.
May your church be challenged to model the attitude of Jesus
as he valued and raised up all people, women and men.
And may we have the courage to challenge the oppression of women
in all its forms across the world.
Raise up, we pray, women to lead and inspire
that your kingdom of equality and grace may come ever nearer;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen