From a tiny mustard seed, Zoom prayer — Philip Brooks

Loving God, we thank you for your ongoing love for us.

As wheat ripens in the sun

and the tiny mustard seed develops into the largest of trees

we want to grow in your love.

May we be encouraging and supportive to all we encounter

and not stifling like the weeds of our parable.

We bring the people of your world before you

praying for those who have been left behind

and seen as somehow less important.

As we emerge from lockdown

we think of people who face special challenges.

We pray for those facing uncertain futures,

perhaps because of lost livelihoods,

anxious for all that lies ahead.

We pray for communities facing renewed lockdown

and those continuing to shield and live in isolation.

We bring to you all who grieve.

We think of those whose lives continue to inspire us to seek justice

to build a world which truly mirrors your unconditional love.

We pray for all those present in our virtual community this morning.

May we be a source of encouragement and support to one another.

As we consider how, in your love, we flourish and grow

we ask that the gifts of your creation

The wheat and all that sustains us

will be spread more fairly,

and that those who have nothing

might receive all that they need.

May we learn the lessons of this current crisis

and bring about a new normal

that is truly your dream for the world:

to offer beauty for brokenness

in the way we care for all in our society.

As we offer our witness

through the actions of sharing your unconditional love for the world,

we pray that your people will experience that love and hear your word

and that, understanding it,

they may grow ever closer to you

with faith that grows like the tiny mustard seed.

Philip currently serves as Ecumenical Officer for the United Reformed Church in Great Britain.