Look at your palm cross. Focus on the top of your cross.
Eternal God, you are the king of glory, yet in Jesus you showed us that power does not have to flow down from the top, but that you are with us, waiting, longing and hoping we’ll turn to you. We praise and adore you, joining in the cries of ‘Hosanna’. You are our God, ahead of us, leading us, guiding us and calling us. You are the Lord God, the all-wise, the all compassionate, and we lift our hearts in worship, thanking you for Christ and his selfless act of salvation for us. Amen.
Focus on the bottom of your cross.
Merciful God, we’re sorry when we let you down, when we’re not the people you would have us be, when we’re afraid to be different, when we’re afraid to make a statement, when we go along with the crowd, all too ready to join in the cries of ‘Crucify’. We lay our failings at the foot of the cross, seeking not only your forgiveness, but your help to leave them there, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Look at the cross beam and focus on the left end as we pray for others.
We pray for your Church, the body of Christ on earth. Unite us and help us discern what you are saying to this particular part of the body that is the Herefordshire (South and East) Circuit.
We pray for the world, which you lent us in your love. Help us to share rather than waste, to save rather than pollute, to treasure rather than exploit. We pray especially at this time that the coronavirus will be stemmed, and pray for all those infected and affected by the virus, particularly all those on the frontline.
We pray for the leaders of the nations. We pray for wisdom, not rhetoric; peace, not war; fairness, not injustice.
We pray for those who suffer, suffer for their gender, suffer for their sexuality, suffer for the colour of their skin, suffer for their faith, suffer for not being like us, suffer because, like us, they desire a better life for themselves and their loved ones.
We pray for members of our church family, thinking particularly today of …
We pray for our families and friends, holding before God those whose needs are known to us …
Now move your eyes to the right end of the cross.
We pray for ourselves, that we might see where you are at work and join in, that we might see you in others, and that we might be as Christ to them. Help us truly to love our neighbours as we should.
We ask these prayers in the precious name of our blessed Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.