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3rd February 2002

Let us pray for the church and for the world and let us thank God for his goodness.

O God our Father, who made the whole world and with whom there is neither day nor night, we remember with joy that you are present everywhere in your world and will guide those who put their trust in you.

O Lord, you created the Church; fill it with your own gift of Love. 

We pray for all church leaders, especially for Charlie, Sam and Peter. We pray for all who are in positions of authority, and for all the congregation. We thank you for giving us different abilities and different possessions. We offer them back to you and ask that we may never lose the opportunities we have of using them in your service.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Holy Spirit, we pray today for peace in our world, and an end to violence.

Purify the minds and attitudes of men and women in leadership, especially in the media, so that they present a better, more peaceful view of our world, rather than the violent image that agitates those troubled in Spirit.

May the world know Christ's peace, without which society loses its direction and ignores our deep desire for peace. 

Father, peace is the great gift of your Son to our world; help us to be peacemakers, so that we build bridges that bring people together and not walls that divide and segregate In environments of violence and distrust, may we, by our loving understanding, always be part of the solution, never part of the problem.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, you blessed the human family by choosing to spend thirty years in the family home at Nazareth. Bless all families today, so that they may live together in love, peace and harmony.

We pray for all families in which there is damaging discord between siblings. Friendship requires time and space in which to grow. Sometimes difficult family dynamics do not give family members the opportunity to discover each other as individuals. We pray to you Lord that you enter our homes and fill them again with your peace, as once you did at Nazareth.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, our Healer, we thank you for your many miracles of healing, not only during your lifetime on earth, but also in our world today. We bless you for your special interventions that changes people's lives, whether physical, spiritual or emotional.

We bring before you in a moment of quietness those we know or love, and we name them in our hearts. . . .

We pray that your blessing be upon them, and those who try to help them, and we pray that they may find encouragement and peace, that their sorrow be transformed into comfort and their loneliness into fellowship with you.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Almighty Father, be with all those who are grieving today over the loss of a loved one. May their sorrow be lit with the brightness of the Resurrection. May they be assured that they will meet again those whom they have loved and lost awhile.

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.

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

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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

Bible Readings and Notes for 3rd February 2002

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