Faithful God, full of mercy,
nourish your people in a world of violence;
through prayer and the Scriptures
give us the life-giving water of truth
and the rich goodness of Your presence;
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
As your living Word
brings light out of darkness, O Lord,
so may Your Spirit renew the face of the earth,
bending our wills to the gentle rules of Your love,
Now and for ever.
Have mercy on Your people,
for whom Your Son laid down His life.
Look in mercy on all who suffer,
and hear those who cry out in pain and desolation.
Bring comfort to the dying,
and gladden their hearts with the power of Your glory.