Jesus said that Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath.
Let us pray:
For the church, that we may bear witness to a God of love who desires the best for his creation. As we speak of divine law, enable us to point to the blueprint for human flourishing, and not to give the impression that God is interested in arbitrary rules and constraints
That the church may be a place where those who are unwell or disabled are fully welcome, included and able to access worship.
For those making government policy and law, that their decisions may lead to human flourishing. For wisdom in being able to foresee and avert unintended consequences.
For those administering the benefits system, that it may be a genuine blessing to those in need, providing a safety net and encouraging responsibility and virtue. For those living on benefits, that they may not become trapped and discouraged.
For those who are sick, that the power of God may be known in their lives. Especially for any who are mired amidst bureaucracy and legislation on disability.
For the bereaved, that they may gain comfort from the promises of Christ.