The Better Society - October 2011 
As we celebrate this year’s harvest, we can’t help but look back over our shoulder at the unrest which broke out in some of our cities this summer. What caused these troubles? What should we do about it? The debate goes on. 
Taking a wider view, maybe it showed how unequally the fruits of God’s creation and human labour are shared in this nation in 2011. Many go without in the midst of plenty. We are fortunate to live in a society where this does not automatically lead to trouble. 
The morning after, as the clearing up began, the focus on our cities also showed us that, sometimes beneath the surface, there is a better society waiting to emerge, often one rooted in the Christian faith, in the gospel being lived out by people and communities, in people being willing to build and rebuild, to care and to share. 
So we pray: 
Almighty and eternal God, 
to whom we must all give account: 
guide with your Spirit the people of this land 
that we may be faithful to the mind of Christ 
and seek in all our purposes to enrich our common life; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Bill Rogers 
Team Priest, Forest and Avon Team 
Assistant Rural Dean, Alderbury Deanery 
This prayer is from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), which is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000. 
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