Prayers in a crisis
God of forgiveness
have mercy on us
as in dust and ashes we repent
of our misuse of money
and our distorted relationship with it.
We admit our share in the blame
we place on others for the crisis we are in.
We confess our love of money
which we knew was the root of all evil.
We regret the debt into which we have entered
rather than the debt we owe to you.
In your mercy hear us;
in your love save us;
by your grace enable us to live differently;
for Jesus’ sake.
God of plenty
you have provided so much for us
yet we have sought so much more for ourselves.
We have trusted in treasure on earth
when you have given us treasure in heaven.
We have built on sand
when we should have built on rock.
Open our eyes to recognise
what is of true and lasting value
and help us to invest
all we have and all we are
where true riches are to be found;
in Jesus’ name.
God of compassion
your son worked in the carpenter’s shop
and moved among working men and women.
Strengthen those who have no work
those who have lost their job
those for whom the future of work seems uncertain.
Sustain their families
restore their dignity
and give them hope
in Jesus Christ our Lord.