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Prayers for Epiphany 1

By Mrs Alison Holden

Let us pray for all people, in all places, and in every kind of need.
We thank and praise you, Heavenly Father, for your manifold gifts to us: gifts earthly, spiritual and eternal. We pray for your church across the world and here in Brickhill. As Christ was baptised with water and by the Holy Spirit, may we be cleansed, filled with your spirit and sent forth to live your Word in our everyday lives.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all people who live in constant danger, especially the people of Gaza, and those in parts of the world where the danger comes from their own rulers and their own people. We pray for people suffering from all kinds of oppression, whether through prejudice, deprivation, disease or exploitation.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for people who live in fear of what the current economic recession may bring; for those facing redundancy, the loss of their homes and financial distress.
We pray for all who are without faith, hope or love. We pray for those who are sick, desperate or bereaved and for those who care for them and seek to bring them relief from their suffering. Give them the strength and courage to carry on and have hope for the future. We pray especially for all those known to us who are in special need of our prayers, and 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. The flame burns today for Donald Charles Rich, Betty Wren and Phyllis Eveline Jones.
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, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen