Prayers of the People for World Communion Sunday

We give thanks that, in a world
where starvation and obesity affect billions,

we are blessed with enough.


In a world where noise and sound and racket
can overwhelm us

city sounds:

sirens, traffic, crash of bins being emptied

wind rattling our windows;

crowd sounds:

buskers, gossip, iPods, mobile conversations

isolating and connecting us -

In the clamour, may we hear each others’ voices;

listen to the still, small voice of calm. 


In the many ways we are inspired -

silence and solitude for introverts,

discussion and company for extroverts -

through our eyes and ears, our hands and bodies

we experience the spirit.

With our words and actions, heads and hearts,

we listen and question, act and learn.

 We share a common bread with the peoples of the world:

baguette or pita bread,

naan, taco, bagel,

couscous and rice.

We share a common cup with the peoples of the world:

wine, saki, lager

a pint at the pub with mates

cappuccino at our favourite café

sharing our troubles with a friend:

Peace of Christ

passed from hand to hand, in cups of tea and “bring a plate”.

On World Communion Sunday
we give thanks that the table is open to all.

We take this hospitality on our journey;

this generosity into our world.


© Bronwyn Angela White (2007)—Wellington, New Zealand

Beakfast in Bammental, Germany 2011 © bronwyn angela white