The prayers, for personal use or during church services, were specially written by the Rt Rev Nick Baines, Bishop of Croydon, and the Communications Office in association with National Worship Development Officer the Rev Peter Moger.
Bishop Nick said of the prayers: “More than half the population pray at some time* and everyone will be affected by the World Cup in one way or another, so it makes sense to have some prayers for those that want to use them. This isn’t just about football; it’s about the rainbow nations of the world celebrating together with the people of South Africa.”
Prayers for all those involved in the World Cup
Lord of all the nations, who played the cosmos into being,
guide, guard and protect all who work or play in the World Cup.
May all find in this competition a source of celebration,
an experience of common humanity and
a growing attitude of generous sportsmanship to others.
God of the nations, who has always called his people to be a blessing for the world, bless all who take part in the World Cup.
Smile on South Africa in her hosting,
on the nations represented in competition and
on those who travel to join in the party.
A prayer for those simply not interested
Lord, as all around are gripped with World Cup fever,
bless us with understanding,
strengthen us with patience and
grant us the gift of sympathy if needed.