we pray for the continued global response to Covid-19. With well over 5 million deaths so far, many more will get ill, die, and suffer from the economic consequences of the pandemic. God, we think particularly of those most vulnerable to the virus, with little access to vaccines and healthcare, difficulty isolating, and lack of financial support. We pray for greater solidarity and cooperation in fighting the virus.
Today we give thanks for the year that has gone, and pray for the year to come. We take time to remember the joys and the sorrows of 2021. We pray with the prophet Micah that 2022 would be a year in which we learn to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.
We’re beginning 2022 by praying through JPIT’s Six Hopes for society. Today we pray for a just economy that enables the flourishing of all life. God, forgive us our sins that cause environmental destruction, widening inequality, and the diminishing of life. Give us the vision to imagine a new way of shaping our economy, that leads to the flourishing of all life.
We pray for a world that actively works for peace. We lift up all the places in our world where peace is absent. As Isaiah prophesied, we pray for proponents of violence to beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks, that they might not lift up their swords again nor learn war any more
We pray for a society where the poorest and most marginalised are at the centre. God, we choose to see those who are excluded from our society with the dignity and worth that you see them. We pray that power would not be concentrated in the hands of a few, but that the most marginalised would be at the centre of all decision-making.
We pray for a society that welcomes the stranger. We recognise the image of God in every asylum seeker and refugee. As the Nationality and Borders Bill returns to the House of Lords today, we pray for a humane approach to those seeking sanctuary, rather than policies which seek to deter them from coming to the UK.
We pray for a planet where our environment is renewed. We have selfishly seen the natural world as something to stand above and dominate, rather than a created order of which we are a part. Forgive us for our abuse of the environment, and help us as a species to work for the renewal and restoration of the planet.