Jesus said: ‘Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’
Lord, you have taught us
that all our doings are worth nothing without love:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our lives that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ.
A prayer for King Charles
who called King Charles
to be a ruler among his people:
give him grace to be their servant;
and help us, following our Saviour Christ
in the path of humble service,
to see God’s kingdom set forward on earth
and to enjoy its fullness in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A prayer for Ukraine (by Archbishop Justin Welby)
God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord, to your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.