We pray for farmers who are adjusting their planting strategies in the wake of soaring prices and shortages of fertiliser. Many common fertilisers are also highly damaging to the natural environment. God, we pray that farmers would continue to be able to produce enough food. May methods be improved so that farming can benefit both people and planet.
We give thanks for 3D printing technology that can print buildings such as schools quickly and at low cost. This can be transformative in countries with a shortage of such buildings and less money to spend on building them. God, we thank you for the creativity latent in human imagination and the natural world. Help us to use these assets to make the world a better place.
We give thanks for the opportunity to celebrate together in communities over the Platinum Jubilee weekend. An estimated 16,000 street parties will be thrown around the country as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch. God, we thank you for events that bring people together. We pray that community cohesion would grow as a result.
We pray for those struggling to afford food amid rising inflation, as the latest ONS data shows that the cheapest brands of pasta rose in price by 50% over the past year. Those with less money spend a higher proportion of their income on food, so inflation in budget ranges can be particularly devastating. God, we pray for change in this situation.
We pray for an end to the war in Ukraine, as the conflict recently passed the 100-day mark. It has become a prolonged war of attrition, costing countless lives. God, for the sake of Ukraine, its citizens, soldiers on all sides, the land, and those around the world affected by food and energy shortages, we pray for peace.
We pray for the 100 asylum seekers who are facing the threat of offshoring to Rwanda next week. The first deportation is likely to be on 14 June. God, we think of these brave people who have endured so much to reach safety, only to be threatened with a return to warzones or offshoring in Rwanda. We pray that this policy would be stopped.
We pray for Nigeria, as the country struggles with violence in different regions. More than 50 worshippers were killed in a Catholic church on Sunday, after the Nigerian Methodist Prelate was temporarily kidnapped last week. God, we lift the different divisions in this country before you and pray for peace.