God you hear

In church this morning we used the following poem as our intercessions.  We split it between three voices (not highlighted below), and it worked really well, so I thought I’d share it here.  It’s taken from Engage Worship, so head over there for more worship resources!

God, you hear the calls,
the cries,
the voices raised,
the silent whispered prayers.
Israel, in her exile, crying out for a messiah.
Elizabeth, in her barrenness, calling out for a son.
Shepherds, in their poverty, praying for a saviour.
Mary, in her innocence, searching for a safe place to give birth.
And still today the voices cry out.
In Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, China,
and here in the UK.
The homeless, in their vulnerability, asking for a welcome.
The rich, in their emptiness, longing for acceptance.
The lonely, in their busyness, crying for community.
The families, in their arguments, praying for peace.
God, you hear the calls,
the cries,
the voices raised,
the silent whispered prayers.
Hear our prayers today,
and help us, where we can, to be the answer to someone else’s prayer.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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