Prayer for the week Sunday 18th August

The Friends of Jesus – the women who followed him

Creator God,

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