Loving God, you call us into community,
and we only become truly ourselves as we are for others.
Forgive us for our brokenness
and heal the hurts of communities damaged in the recent troubles
in our cities in the United Kingdom.
Help us to restore the harm to neighbourhoods, buildings and relationships
and to rekindle hope where fires of anger and disappointment raged.
Give to the Church in areas of trouble
the courage and creativity to be there for others,
and to be part of your gracious work of restoration and recovery.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ,
who is our peace and who keeps breaking down
the barriers that divide us from each other.
Lord God, we pray for an end to the violence, looting and riots that have brought fear, terror and destruction to local neighbourhoods across London and other UK citities. We pray that the underlying reasons for the riots can be quickly, fairly and properly addressed and that the Government, the police and local communities will work together to rebuild trust and security. We pray in faith, trusting in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
Published on the Methodist Church website.