Hello Lord, it is us again. Are you surprised?

Sometimes we are, especially at five minutes to ten.

We come in. We greet each other. We welcome. We converse.

You carry us in by the welcome we give to each other.

You gather us in to our weekly time of collective worship.

Our talk becomes part of our worship.

So we come to talk to you. We have to wonder what the future holds for us.

Lord of history, Spirit of all possibilities, all the what-ifs, would-bes and wannabes are in your hands.

Will you change us? Will we hold the course? Will we keep the faith?

All these questions are in your hands. So we come to you, and we look for signs.

Help us, as we walk together, as we talk together, as we live together, to seek the signs –

to see the kingdom come; to see the reign of God immanent in our lives

the dreams of the old, the visions of the young, revealed among us

to struggle with change, with doubt, with certainty, with new life

You water the earth, refresh your creation, provide all of us with the water we need for daily life

Water for human beings, water free from plastic content, without toxic content

Water for each child, water for each cub, and calf, and kitten, and kid, water for each shoot and sapling

Water to irrigate and renew the earth, water for our cleansing from sin, water for our cloud-banks

As it is in heaven, so on earth.

Remember those islands and coastlands that have come under the eye of the hurricane.

May aid come to them quickly, restore them to sunlit lands, open the blue sky above them

Renew your rainbow covenant with your human children

Save us from world leaders mad with ambition, frustrate their anti-Christian policies.

We pray for the restoration of peace and good-will, for civilisation and hospitality.

In countries going through change of leadership we pray for peace, security and prosperity within their borders, peace from your hands to ours, strengthen our hands to reach out and help.

We pray with interest for our own local elections, may we discern right leadership.

And, Lord, it is another week of meetings, so we pray the prayer you taught your disciples…

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth, as in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.