Today is October 18th. It is the date in the Christian calendar on which we celebrate St Luke, patron saint of doctors and surgeons.
Father, you have called us to be your servants and we have said yes.
God of great joy, we find you in all the thousands of moments that make our lives joyful.
In the times of happiness, your Son celebrated and was glad.
Remind us to find joy in our lives and our work, and that to do what we do is a privilege that should never be taken for granted.
And rejoice with us in triumph — in the laughing and hugging of each hard-fought victory.
For you are in the singing and the dancing, and our gladness burns with the fire of your Holy Spirit.
God of love, we ask for blessings on our loved ones.
As he did the things that he had been sent to do, your Son knew the support of his family and friends.
We offer thanksgiving for the people who support us on this path that we have chosen,
and for those who walk it with us.
For through them and through you, we know that we are loved and we are blessed.
God of the lonely, we turn to you to know that we are not alone.
In that most awful hour, all his friends had gone away and your Son cried out to you.
Help us to recognise the warmth of your presence,
especially in the times and places when we feel that there is nobody else.
For you are the one who understands when no one else can.
God of the waiting, wait with us.
In the darkness, your Son waited for what was to come.
Be near us as we keep watch over the people who need you more than we do,
as they wait for life, for death, for hope, for despair.
For with you, we wait for the promise of a new dawn.
God of humanity, we pray for our own humanity.
You sent your Son to live among us so that we might truly know what it means to be human.
Grant us the understanding to see the sorrow that lurks beneath thoughtnessness, the fear hidden by indifference, and the despair that is expressed as anger,
and give us the grace and compassion to see people, not diagnoses.
For if we look, we will find the very best of you in all humans everywhere.
God of our many understandings, we look for you not in cold churches and empty tombs,
but in hospitals and hospices, ambulances and emergency departments, wards and operating theatres.
And in these places, you come to be our strength and our salvation.