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28th October 2001

Let us pray

God of our past, our present and our future, we thank you for the lives of Hugh and Barbara Leckie and all those who in the past helped to plant and nourish this church with their vision and enthusiasm.

We pray for our ministers and leaders, our Bishops and Chairman, for this church, Putnoe Heights, the churches in Bedford, asking that your Holy Spirit may inspire our worship and lead us into deeper fellowship together. Make us loving churches, sharing the news of your kingdom and humbly serving you and the generations to come to the glory of your name.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, we praise you for the diversity of your people and cultures across the world. We acknowledge that this can lead to fear, distrust and conflict, and we pray your peace may spread across races and religions, within our communities and families. Tell us what we should do and give us hope.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the needs of your world, for communities devastated by Aids, for refugees, children hungry and wounded, for victims or natural disasters, for people desperately weary of war and religious persecution. We pray for Northern Ireland, the Middle East, for Afghanistan, Pakistan, for places where hidden slaughter continues as our interest moves on. We pray that the world's leaders may have wisdom to seek, not revenge, but justice and equality, with understanding and compassion for human frailty and a willingness to forgive.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who suffer, those who are sick in mind, body or soul, the asylum seekers in our county, families separated by fighting, the lonely, the worried, our families and friends going through times of difficulty that we remember now.

We thank you for men and women in many places who inspire us as they care for others with great devotion and sacrifice. May your blessing rest on those in special need and sustain them with comfort and peace.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We thank you for all who have lived and died in faith, those for whom we mourn.

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.

picture of candle

You turn our darkness into light,
in your light shall we see light.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, as you have called us, make us worthy of our calling. Let us see you in others, let others see you in us.

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



Sermon by the Rt Rev John Richardson, Bishop of Bedford


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