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notre dame montreal


12th January 2003

Lord God, you are the father of all people and we bring our prayers knowing that you will hear us and help us. 

We give you thanks for the boundless mercies of our daily life. Make us more grateful for your many gifts: for the blessing of health, for the comforts of home and family life, for the joys of friendship, for the beauty of the world around us. 

Teach us day by day to count our blessings and to receive them as from our Father's hand; and fill our hearts with gratitude. 

Lord in your mercy 
Hear our prayer 

Let us pray for our church 

0 God our Father, as we pray for your blessing to rest upon this Church, we are grateful for its worship and fellowship; for the care and teaching of children and young people; for its nurture and love. 

Help us to see the kind of church you need today. May we not lose sight of the many and varied needs of this neighbourhood. 

Hold up before us the vision of your kingdom, a kingdom of justice and mercy, truth and compassion. Help us to grasp the meaning of the gospel which you have entrusted to us, and give us grace to live by it. 

Lord in your mercy 
Hear our prayer 

Let us pray for Christians in other parts of the world 

God of all people, we are glad that the family of your church stretches out all over the world. 

We pray for your blessing to be upon our Christian brothers and sisters in other lands. Where they are a small minority let them find strength in knowing you are with them; where they are persecuted let them find courage: where they are young in the faith let your Holy Spirit build them up in the knowledge of your love; where they are affluent and accepted keep them constant in the service of Jesus. 

As we are blessed by the prayers of others, may our prayer be a blessing to those who love and worship you in other lands. 

Lord in your mercy 
Hear our prayer 

Let us pray for peace 

We pray for world peace, that ways of aggression and violence against fellow-humans and against God's creation may be renounced, and that world leaders may lessen the threat of war. 

We pray especially for the leaders of this country as they strive to resolve the conflict with Iraq 

Lord in your mercy 
Hear our prayer 

Let us pray for the year ahead 

Grant- 0 Lord, that as the years change, we may find rest in your unchangeableness. 

May we greet this new year bravely, sure in the faith that while men come and go, and life changes around us, you are ever the same, guiding us with your wisdom and protecting us with your love. 

We ask your blessing on the year to come. Give us the reliance to bear its disappointments, energy to seize its opportunities, and openness to accept the more abundant life which you have promised to us in Christ Jesus our Lord 

Lord in your mercy 
Hear our prayer 

Let us pray for those who are ill or in need of Gods help at this time: 

Hear our prayer. Lord, for people who are ill, in hospitals, at home, or wherever they may be. Give them courage, hope and peace, and the knowledge that you are present in their weakness, pain and suffering. May the skills and knowledge of those who care for the sick be fully used to help and to heal. 

Heavenly Father, we pray for those whose hearts have been saddened by the death of someone close and dear to them. Give to them, Father, the strong comfort which no one else can give, and let them know the comforting power of the resurrection of Jesus. 

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.

Today we remember: - Edith S-- and Alexander W--.


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

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