Holy and Gracious God
We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.
And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.
Lord have mercy.
(with thanks to the Methodist church)
NWCT is an Intermediate Body of Churches Together in England covering the whole of Norfolk and those parts of the Waveney area around Lowestoft.
Our work is to enable Christian denominations to work together to spread the Good News that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to us to rescue us from the penalty of falling short of God’s standards and to offer us his gift of life in Jesus.
This was the headline in Osservatore Romano – the official daily bulletin of the Holy See [The Vatican] following a report in Catholic East Anglia [East Anglia’s Catholic newspaper] of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to St John’s Cathedral in Norwich – an unprecedented visit by any primate of the Church of England. It was the Archbishop’s first stop in his 3 day visit to the Diocese of Norwich in November 2018.