2nd June 2002
On this beautiful Sunday morning and Jubilee weekend, let us begin our intercessions with a prayer of praise - Psalm 95 :
0 come, let us sing unto the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
0 come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hands.
Today and during this Jubilee bank holiday as we celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee, a prayer for the Queen :
Thank you Lord for the service our Queen, Elizabeth, has given to this country and the Commonwealth during the past 50 years. For her unswerving sense of duty and her loyalty to our country; never courting controversy but setting an example to her people through her graciousness and Christian values. We pray for her continued rule over us and ask that you will give her strength to carry out her duties and uphold her with your holy spirit in the years ahead. We ask this in your name, AMEN
We are thankful that we have been able to make our way to Church this morning; we think and pray now for those people who are disabled and have to rely on others for many of their daily needs :
Father, we lift to you all who are disabled - in hearing, in sight, in limb or in mind. Save them from bitterness and frustration and give them joy in the midst of their limitations. May they find peace and fulfilment in knowing you and discovering your will for their lives. We pray for special grace for those who care for them. Give them your love and kindness and understanding of the real needs of those they look after. For Jesus' sake. AMEN.
As we join in Family Worship this morning, we pray for all families :
God our Father, whose son Jesus Christ lived at Nazareth as
a member of a human family;
Hear our prayer for all homes and families, and especially for our own;
That they may be blessed by his presence and united in his love. For your Name's sake, we ask this. AMEN.
We have prayed for those who are disabled, we now pray for all who are sick or unwell at this time:
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health, look in your mercy on the sick and suffering; that by your blessing upon them, and upon those who minister to them, they may be restored if it be your will to health of body and mind. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
A prayer for those who have been bereaved :
God of hope, and giver of all comfort, we commend to your
tender care those who mourn the loss of loved ones. Give them the peace that
passes all understanding, and make them to know that neither death nor life
can separate them from your love in Jesus Christ our Lord.
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.
You turn our darkness into 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 join together in saying the prayer our Saviour taught us -
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.