You call us to bind up the broken hearted and set the captives free.
Open our eyes to the reality of modern slavery,
and to those in our midst who are trapped.
Thank you for those who are making a difference,
and may we, who are free, live lives that free others.
O God of Justice,
whose son overturned the tables in the temple,
and challenged the hypocrisy of the Pharisees,
cause us to feel anger and shame at the ways our lifestyle reduces humanity,
and to repent and act justly on the impulse of love to share your gifts
for a fairer world and for your kingdom on earth.
Almighty and merciful God,
you break the power of evil and make all things new
in your Son Jesus Christ, the king of the universe.
May all in heaven and earth
acclaim your glory and never cease to praise you.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
God, our rock and our redeemer,
we pray for those forced to leave to support families;
we pray for lives torn apart by absence and loss;
we pray for people missing loved ones and home;
we pray for chaplains, pastors and advocates in this context.
May we be willing to share our selves with the stranger in our midst
Living God, you call us into a deeper relationship with you.
You hear the cry of the weak and you value each of us, whatever our circumstances.
We praise you for your abundant generosity, for your astonishing grace
and we give thanks that we are called to reflect those qualities in our own lives.
Remember us Lord as we remember those who have fought the good fight
and now rest in your love and peace.
Blessed are those who set their hearts on God and hold fast to his word.
Blessed are those who are faithful in prayer, and whose songs are of praise.
Blessed are those who listen to the teachings of Scripture and live them out.
Blessed are we as we gather together to worship in Jesus’ name –
for he is here, he is among us.
Living God, we lift our voices in praise of your holy name.
We proclaim you our saviour, our redeemer, our mighty defender.
You alone are the maker and sustainer of us all; you alone deserve our worship.
Give us eyes to see your glory.
Help us to shake off our sluggishness, and to share our hopes and sorrows with you,
as you understand us and love us completely.
Teach us, O God, to trust your providence,
to accept your wisdom,
and to rejoice in your love,
through Christ our Lord.