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Intercessions for Easter 4 Year A Mrs Alison Holden

Prayers 13 April 2008

Let us pray for all people everywhere according to their needs.
O Lord, Christ and Saviour, we pray for people of every race and belief, and in every kind of need: make your ways known on earth, your saving power among nations.

We pray for the Church, and all who call themselves Christians, that they may go forward in unity and strength. We pray for courage and wisdom to stand up for our faith when it is challenged. Help us to respect the beliefs of others even if we do not share them, to celebrate what we have in common and accept our differences. Guide us all in our ministries as we live each day, strong in the knowledge that Christ, by his Passion, conquered death that we might have life.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for people in parts of the world where life is precarious, whether through poverty, disease, or war. We pray for those who strive for freedom in the face of oppression, and for those who desire democracy while under the burden of dictatorship. Most of all we pray that the time may be hastened when there is peace on earth and goodwill between all men.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who suffer in mind or body and for those who care for them. We pray for the sick; for those who mourn; for those without faith, hope or love.
We pray for any known to us who are in special need of our prayers at this time, especially those known personally to us. We remember them now in a moment of silence ….
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Jesus Christ is the light of the world, a light which no darkness can quench. We remember before God those who have died and light a candle to symbolise the light of Christ, which eternally shines and brings hope. We remember
You turn our darkness into light: in your light shall we see light.

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us say the Lord’s Prayer together.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
Now and for ever. Amen.