Young girl with bottle12 August – A prayer about the bread of life – John 6:35

Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'

Lord Jesus,

We hear your words and celebrate you as the bread of life.
Thank you for giving your life to feed the hungry, to release those who are imprisoned and to love the unloved.
May we know your sustaining care and share your goodness with all those we meet.
We pray for those in our communities and in our world who will spend today in hunger. Make us agents for your good in providing the food they need.
Bless us that we may be a blessing to those we meet this day and this week. 

Amen

5 August – a prayer for looked after children and young people

Loving God,

We pray for children and young people who are in the care of local authorities, foster and adoptive carers.
We pray they would know and feel the security that is their right.
We pray that they would know and feel the love that is theirs through you.
We pray for those who are missing from care, that they might be kept safe from exploitation, neglect and suffering.
Guide all who are a voice for children and young people to speak loudly and clearly, particularly in parliamentary settings and on our streets, so that security and safety, love and hope might be the experience of all children and young people.

Amen.

Looked after children statistics 2011

65,520 children were looked after at 31 March 2011. The vast majority of children looked after in 2011, 74 per cent, were in a foster placement.
Commenting on the statistics, Children’s Minister Tim Loughton said:

'Today’s statistics are a timely reminder that we must redouble our efforts to do better for children in care.'

Sunday 22 and 29 July (Two prayers based around John 6:1-21)

Once I had found my lunch basket among the crowd,
and had spoken to one of Jesus’ friends
about my five loaves and two fish,
I discovered my basket contained a miracle
all wrapped up in an old cloth.
It was a sharing miracle,
and as Jesus thanked God,
and people saw what I had done,
they found themselves doing it too.

Sharing what they had.
It was the biggest miracle I had ever seen.
Ever!

People finding themselves sharing with each other.
And Jesus smiled to himself,
noticed me watching with wide eyes,
and smiled at me
as if I was in on the secret.

We fed the poor that day.
We fed strangers.
Not with some high powered resolution,
but with a picnic!

I was hungry for this new way of living together
and have lived on the bread of life ever since.

Sunday 15 July (A prayer for young carers)

Healing Lord,

We pray for all who are sick
and for all who care for them.
We pray for medical staff,
For support services,
For researchers and scientists.
And we remember those who society does not see  -- 
Those care for loved ones.
Be with all who care for parents, for siblings, 
For all who carry a burden of care beyond their years. 
Be with us so that we do not forget,
And we may be all made whole. 

Sunday 8 July (A prayer at the time of the Olympics)

God of our journeys
Who continually calls us forwards,
We pray for all who will travel to visit the Olympics;
For athletes and spectators,
For winners and losers,
For all who will offer welcome and hospitality.
And we pray for those who have no choice but to travel;
For those who are forced to leave home,
Those who flee fear or violence,
Those who seek refuge in a strange land. 

Amen.