A prayer to use throughout August

Lord,

we pray for the world

as we face the challenges of our time.

The continuing Coronavirus pandemic,

Economic upheaval affecting the livelihoods of so many,

Racial injustice and inequality,

Pollution and resulting climate change,

Conflict and human rights abuses,

Religious intolerance and extremism,

Endemic poverty and the enslavement of the poor by the wealthy.

The world we now liv in is desperate for renewal,

desperate for a new spirit of compassion and unity,

of justice and equality,

of friendship and peace.

Come Holy and renewing Spirit,

move across the face of this chaotic world

and reorder the hearts of men and women,

that your kingdom of justice and righteousness may come to new birth amongst us,

and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen