On this International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery, we pray for an end to racial injustice. God of reconciliation, help us to face the legacies of this history with humility and repentance. May we stand united against racism and together build societies based on dignity, equality and solidarity.
We give thanks for new offshore wind projects that will deliver eight times the UK’s current wind power. Capacity is projected to increase from 10.5GW to 86GW, which would be world-leading. God, we are grateful for big steps forward in renewable energy. We pray that these projects would be successful in ensuring a just transition from fossil fuels.
We give thanks that 54 Ukrainian orphans have been brought to safety in Scotland. Multiple charities worked together to ensure the children could escape the war. God, we thank you for this example of cooperation and compassion. As these children are now safe from violence, we pray that all others in their situation would find sanctuary.
We pray for action on the cost of living crisis. The Resolution Foundation has warned that 1.3 million more people will be pushed into poverty from April as energy, fuel and food costs soar. God, we pray for those who face difficult choices and big sacrifices just to get by. Help us find ways to prevent this suffering.
We pray for an end to war in Ukraine. The conflict threatens to become a longer-term war of attrition after over a month of fighting. God, we fear that Ukraine will be decimated by drawn-out bombardment. For the sake of all who suffer from war, we pray that peace would come soon.
We pray for girls’ education in Afghanistan. The Taliban have announced that girls are not allowed to attend secondary school, despite previous assurances. We grieve this removal of rights and empowerment for Afghan women and girls. We pray that their rights would be restored and not eroded further.
We pray for global action on the climate crisis amid extreme polar heatwaves last week. Temperatures recorded in Antarctica were more than 40C above average, and more than 30C warmer in the Arctic. God, may these temperatures wake us up to the urgency of the crisis. We pray that their impact on the polar regions would not be devastating.