Gracious Lord God, we come to You for mercy, guidance, wisdom, and grace. Those are all great words Lord, but they really are what we need to sustain our life, and make sense of the things happening in our world. Not only is the rate of change increasing in science and technology, but it is also increasing in the evil confronting us all. Father, we believe that You have had pity upon our fallen condition and come among us in Your Son, Jesus Christ. We hold to our faith in Him and in the sacrifice He made on Calvary, shedding His blood that we could be forgiven and cleansed. Yet, Good Lord, this is a truth that is under attack both here and abroad. From the shootings in Oregon to the beheadings by ISIS, people are suffering and dying for the name of Christ. Lord have mercy on all those involved. Surround those families with a depth of Your love. Help them to feel Your peace in the midst of their tears, and the assurance that death is not the final word. We also ask, Father, that you strengthen us in our faith so that we stand the test wherever we are called to give account for the hope that is in us. We pray against the powers of darkness that would try to destroy this faith, and declare the truth that nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Again, Lord, we ask for your mercy, guidance, wisdom, and grace to sustain us and the whole of Your Church throughout the world. We ask this all in the precious name of Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord. Amen.