A Liturgy for the EU Referendum
recently devised for the Thurrock Leaders' Prayer group
This can be downloaded, printed and folded as an A4-folded pamphlet using the link to the left of the screen.
Leader We gather in the name of the Father
ALL GOD AND CREATOR, THE ONE WHO LOVES US AND CALLS US INTO BEING THE ONE WHOSE GLORY IS REFLECTED IN A HUMAN BEING FULLY ALIVE.
Leader We gather in the name of the Son
ALL SAVIOUR AND LORD DIVINE HEALER: WHOSE POWER CONFRONTED EVIL AND WHOSE TOUCH BROUGHT PEACE.
Leader We gather in the name of the Spirit
ALL HOLY AND POWERFUL: GATHERING ALL INTO HEALING IN THE SHADOW OF HER WINGS; BREATH OF GOD – FIRE OF GOD’S LOVE DRAWING US INTO WHOLENESS INTO THE HEART AND LIFE OF GOD
God of truth, give us grace to debate the issues in this
Co-operation and respectful discussion
Godly wisdom & guidance
The common good
Freedom of movement - reassurance or threat
Compassion for our neighbour
God’s will be done
referendum with honesty and openness.
Give generosity to those who seek to form opinion
and discernment to those who vote,
that our nation may prosper
and that with all the peoples of Europe
we may work for peace and the common good;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Leader Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name
ALL We lift the name of Jesus high over all these negotiations and worship Him as Lord of every nation in our continent.
Leader We pray for your kingdom to come
ALL Grant that through all the negotiations still to take place and in all areas of unease and conflict between our people, that your presence surround us. Help us to fulfil our role of stewardship in this world you have entrusted to our care.
Leader Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
ALL Give wisdom and discernment to all leaders and their teams of advisors; to all seeking to guide others in understanding and decision-making, so that all people may make an informed decision on polling day.
Leader Give us today our daily bread
ALL We ask for clear and balanced reporting by the media, free from slander, lies, distorted truths and hypocrisy.
Leader Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us
ALL Lord, have mercy on us as a nation, Lord, have mercy on us as your church, Lord, have mercy on Europe.
Leader Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
ALL Help us as a nation to show compassion and uphold your justice. Help us as your church to share your love and talk about Jesus. Where there is division, tension, deception let us bring your peace and integrity.
Leader For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever
ALL We pray that your name will be glorified across our continent, and that every nation may receive the blessing of your shalom peace. Amen.
based on Revelation 21 & 22
Leader Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth – and I heard a voice from the throne saying:
ALL See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be His peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more.
Leader And the one who was seated on the throne said:
ALL See, I am making all things new.
Leader And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine in it for the glory of God is its light and its lamp is the Lamb.
ALL The nations will walk by its light; People will bring into it the glory and the honour of the nations.
Leader And at its heart. planted by the river that runs through paradise is the tree of life:
ALL And the tree shall bear its fruit each month and the leaves of that tree will be for the healing of the nations.
Leader And may God bless us
ALL The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Leader And until we meet again
ALL May God hold us in the palm of his hand. Amen.
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