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2nd June 2002

Let us pray

Gathered together in the love and fellowship of God, let us speak to our Father of our cares and need.

Father, we pray for the work of your church throughout the world: in the cities, slums and villages, especially where there is violent opposition, complacency or apathy.

We pray that your church will carry forward the gospel of freedom and forgiveness which is so much needed in our world. 

Thank you, Father, for those with a gift for sharing this good news in the way they live. Give each one of us the courage and the willingness to be witnesses in ways that are generous and respectful, and which come from the overflow of our love and delight in you. Fill us with your love that the world may believe.

Lord, in your mercy - Hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for the world: for all areas in which there is a breakdown of communication between individuals, groups or nations and we bring before your the world's great needs and its unnoticed sorrows.

We pray for the countries where some are intoxicated by war but where most are desperately weary of it. We remember especially the situation in India and Pakistan, and in Israel and Palestine, praying that your peace will rest on these nations and on all nations where there is strife and discord. May your unifying love draw people together, helping them to find shared interests to build on rather than dwelling on hurtful and futile divisions.

We pray for all countries where a silent slaughter is still happening whilst the world's gaze has moved on. We pray for the countries of central Africa, where large numbers of the population have been wiped out by AIDS. We pray for the countries who are in deep need and where children continue to die in large numbers for want of clean water and a spoonful of sugar. Keep us from thinking that their problems have nothing to do with us, for we are all children of the one Heavenly Father. 

Lord, in your mercy - Hear our prayer.

Father, on this very special weekend, we ask for your blessing on our own nation, bringing before you those who have been entrusted with special responsibilities in both national and local government.

Today we offer you thanks for the fifty years of loyal and devoted service given to this nation by our Queen; for her strength of character, dedication, commitment and integrity in demanding circumstances and changing times.

We thank you for her life and work, and pray that she will continue to uphold all that is best in our common life.

We pray that in the years ahead she will achieve true happiness and fulfillment in her role and that her life will be enriched by her service to her people. May she remain a worthy focus of our loyalty and point us unfailingly to a higher commonwealth - the true humanity to which she and all her subjects owe allegiance: for You, the God of nations, You are our God.

We pray for your blessing on all members of the royal family, remembering especially the support given to the Queen by her husband. May they all follow the example set by the Queen.

Lord, in your mercy - Hear our prayer.

Father, we remember today all whose minds have lost their reason; those who have become difficult to live with, and their loved ones. We think of all who live in confusion or deep despair;  those struggling to handle pain. 

We remember all who are oppressed, hungry and homeless; those in danger of losing hope and their dignity.

We pray for our friends and loved ones who are ill or suffering in any way. 

We pray for the continuing recovering of Mary; for Anne and Lance; and for those known only to use, whom we name in our hearts.

Help us to pray and act that they may know your comfort and healing - both now and in the coming days -and we ask you to touch those who are on our hearts today because of their varying special needs. May your love flood their lives with hope and healing in body, mind and spirit. 

Lord, in your mercy - Hear our prayer.

Father, we commend to you those who have died and passed into your glory. We pray for those mourning the loss of their loved ones.

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.

This morning we pray for Harvey..., Ethel..., Norman..., and Mark ...

Falling asleep to this life, may they wake to eternal life in the joy of Heaven.

Lord, in your mercy - Hear our prayer.

Father, we thank you that we are all invited to share your life-giving love. Make us worthy of all that you have promised.

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

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. 

 Order of Service (Adobe pdf format or html format) and  Bible Readings and Notes for 2nd June 2002

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