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notre dame montreal


9th June 2002

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, you promised through your son Jesus Christ, to hear us when we pray in faith. Open our minds and win our hearts that our thoughts, affections and will may be pure, robust and joyful and forever forgiving.

Strengthen for service, Lord, all members of your Church, not only the leaders, but also the led. Help us all to exercise our gifts by the indwelling of your Holy Spirit, without let or hindrance, that the richness of your uniting truth may bring us to the life that reveals your glory in the world.

We pray for those who are denied freedom in their religious beliefs, for those who are suffering in prison, and for those who are martyrs. May their courage set faith alight in other lives.

We pray for those who struggle against injustice, the men and women who have to establish themselves in violent and oppressive societies; may they be filled with your wisdom in their war against inhumanity.

We pray for our fellow Christians in the developing world, those for whom hunger is a daily reality, those who feel powerless to change the ways of nature or the ways of nations.

We pray for our country. Let your love surround the Queen and her family; and let their devotion to duty, love of this nation, and concern for people overseas be for us an inspiration, a pattern and a pride. Give wisdom and guidance to our statesmen and leaders, and to all who have positions of responsibility in education, industry and commerce.

Grant that all who come in to our church may be enabled to renew their relationship with you and that they may find your peace, your strength, your grace and above all your presence. Help us as a congregation to be outward looking, so that what we find within our fellowship we may share with those outside, for the benefit of all and for your greater glory.

Lord, in your mercy - Hear our prayer.

We thank you Lord for families, friends and neighbours, for the joys of close relationships and for all they teach us of your love. Encourage the young, support the old, assist those who care for them, and those who care for the carers. Grant to all of us patience, understanding, and good humour, and let our service to each other be patterned on the life of Christ, in the power of your Holy Spirit.

We pray for Joan and her family as we welcome them into our worship this morning.

We pray for members of our family and loved ones who are parted from us at this time. May your presence surround them and your peace be in their hearts and while we are parted from them join us closer together in your love.

Lord, in your mercy - Hear our prayer.

We bring before you those who suffer in body, mind or spirit. We remember in a moment of silence all those known to us who are in need of our prayers at this time.

Encourage them when their hopes are eroded, that by their steadfast faith in you they may bring others into your care. Help us all to treasure the health we have, to care for our bodies as we would have others care for us, and to do nothing thoughtless or mean that would endanger the health of others.

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. We remember today Audrey ...

picture of candle

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

Almighty Father, you understand the secrets of every heart. Strengthen and sustain those who know the sorrow of bereavement. May they experience the comfort of the Holy Spirit within them and the love and fellowship of the church family around them; and may they see before them the hope of glory, beckoning and leading them to their true home and the moment of reunion in your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ, our living Saviour and Lord.

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. 

Bible Readings and Notes and sermon: Untouchable, for 9th June 2002.

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