Prayer for the week Sunday 14th October

Homeless Sunday

Lord,
we pray for all, near and far, who have nowhere to call home.
Those who will find a place to hide on the streets of our towns and cities this night.
Those living from day to day in unsuitable and substandard conditions, unsure of their future.
Those dependent on the generosity of family and friends for a space to sleep each night.
We pray that you will break the chains that drag so many people into homelessness, and bring healing and new hope into people’s lives.
We pray that as a nation we will demand change,
and become a society that does not allow homelessness to continue as the open wound and shame that it is at the present time.
We pray that affordable, sustainable housing for all may become a new priority and goal at every level of government,
and that the scandal of homelessness will be regarded as unacceptable in all circumstances.
We pray in the name of him in whom there is a home for everyone,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The collect for this week based on words of St Augustine

Almighty God,
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:
pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,
and so bring us at last to your heavenly city
where we shall see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.