SIMON PERRY

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Kingdom of God I

In the silence we think today especially of the people of Iraq, the people of Sudan, of our responsibilities in the world, of the pressures faced by our church.

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We bring to God our concerns today:

We have seen that the darkness of tyranny and oppression is very much at home in the

aftermath of war. Into the fears of those suffering in Iraq:

May your Kingdom come

May your will be done.

We have heard reports of ethnic cleansing, secret ‘rape camps’ and a politics of starvation

being inflicted on the people of Sudan. Into the lives of the oppressed and refugees of

Sudan:

May your Kingdom come

May your will be done.

We have been bombarded with graphic images, and the emotive effects of those media that

immunise us from true concern of the world beyond the boundaries of our home comforts –

Into the lives of the wealthy complacent:

May your Kingdom come

May your will be done.

We have felt the challenge to live out our Christian lives in this place, stewards of all the good

gifts with which you have blessed us. As we seek to order our priorities according to your

holy Word,

May your Kingdom come

May your will be done.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God to endless ages,

May your love so fill our hearts that we are not only uplifted, but transformed.

May your word so fill our thoughts that we are not only enlightened, but changed.

May your compassion so fill our lives, that we are not only stirred, but stirred to action.

Lord God,

May your kingdom come in and through our lives.