Thank you to the Joint Public Issues Team [a Baptist, URC, Methodist, Church of Scotland Initiative] for their statement on the situation in Calais [click here] and for the prayer below, which the JPIT has written. Thank you too, to Sally Magnusson and her team, for the BBC Songs of Praise programme from France last night.
God of all humanity
When your people were enslaved and displaced,
You led them to a land that they could call home;
When your people were in exile;
Your promise was that one day,
They would live in streets of play and laughter.
When your disciples were afraid and uncertain,
You spoke of a Fathers House
With mansions and places prepared.
We pray today for all those who have no place to call home,
Hearing the heart-cry of your word
For those who are without refuge.
Where shelter is ours to offer
Grant us the will and resolve to reflect the generosity of our Creator.
Where others stand in the way of those who need safe haven
May our cry for justice never falter.
May the idols of self-interest and economic gain
Never deflect us from the ways of your Kingdom.
Through Christ our Lord.