Prayer #1

Lord God,
Your Son commanded his disciples to
“Let the children come to me.”
Look with kindness upon us
and help us to shepherd your children,
and lead them into your loving embrace,
so that they may know your life and your love.

We ask this through the same Jesus Christ, your son our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.

Prayer #2

Lord God,
Send your Holy Spirit
upon your people gathered before you.
Relieve the sufferings
of all who have been wounded
by the violence of sexual abuse.
Renew in your people
the firm resolve
to protect the weakest members of society,
especially our children.
Let us know your loving kindness
and help us to bring the healing and reconciliation of your kingdom,
where you live and reign in union with the Son and Holy Spirit
God for ever and ever.