Father, we bring to you in prayer the hopes and the needs of the world.
Each person you have made bears your image:
but in each that image is assaulted by many enemies.
Hunger and homelessness, violence and the fear of violence,
greed, jealousy, boredom – all these threaten
the humanity of men and women which is your breath within them.
May your Church everywhere be a force for peace and justice.
May the gospel of Jesus awaken everywhere
such a vision of our real destiny that evil may be overcome,
not with other evil but with good.
And upon all who strive for the fulfillment of your reign on earth,
may there come such a spirit of trust and hope
that nothing may seem too hard to do
in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Caryl Micklem, 1925 – 2003, English minister and hymn writer
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the end of the earth.