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6th July 2003

After these prayers of intercession we shall say the Lord’s prayer using the traditional form as printed on the Order of Service. The bidding will be 'Lord in your mercy' with the response 'Hear our prayer'.

Almighty and everlasting God, we read of the calling of Ezekiel to be a prophet among the Israelites, to be your presence whether the people listened or not. We, as your people today, admit to not always listening to the words of Jesus whom you sent to teach us about our Heavenly Father. As a result, there are problems in our world which could have been avoided if only we had put you first in our lives. So we turn to you in our prayers of intercession when we ask for your help and guidance in all aspects of our lives and in the lives of all with whom we share this your world.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer

We often ask why so many bad things happen in our world and we struggle to make sense of calamity and atrocity alike. Help us to remember, that you are a God of Love and that hate and intolerance are not in your plan for us. And that by giving us a free will the choice is always ours to do good. Guide us and help us carry this responsibility, with Jesus help, to your greater glory.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray for all caught up in wars and conflicts whether under the banner of liberation, Jihadh, self defense or popular uprising. We think of children in parts of Africa who have only known times of war and are often drafted in to bear arms in an abrupt end to childhood innocence and pray that peace may come to reclaim their lives..

We pray for our service personnel in Iraq and many other parts of the world and their waiting families. Be with those so recently bereaved, comfort them in their loss.

Lord Jesus who showed the world the true meaning of peace, sow that same desire in the hearts of all those who see no alternative to war. Give to all who exercise authority, a determination to defend the principles of freedom, love and tolerance with the strength to safeguard the weak and wisdom to administer justice with compassion.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer

We pray for this, our own, country and community often divided in seeking the best way forward in both domestic and foreign affairs. So we pray for Queen Elizabeth, our head of state, her ministers and all in authority, that they will govern wisely and with due regard for the needs of all people; and that personal and party interests will always come second to the needs of whom they serve.

We pray for those working in the news media of radio, television, the press and on the Internet, that truth and honesty in reporting will not be compromised. That rights of free speech be upheld but within the bounds of taste and decency.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer

We pray for all families represented here today. Especially do we pray for Marley Sinclair and his family. Giving thanks for their words of commitment to Jesus Christ and his Church.

Lord Jesus we are aware of the increasing pressures on modern family life, especially pressures on time together. When a serving minister of state has to resign to spend more time with his family what is this telling us? And so we pray that all who have influence in politics, commerce and industry will recognise the needs for families to have time to share and discuss both the trivial and important matters alike, to discover, together, those things which are eternal.

As the end of the academic year draws to a close we pray for all young people moving on in their lives, to colleges Universities, taking a gap year or entering the world of work. Be with them in all these situations Lord. Help them to see that as all things around them seem to be forever changing that you are that firm foundation on which they can build their lives.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer

We pray for the world-wide Christian church that it may continue to teach the Good News of Jesus with honesty, courage and sensitivity.

We pray for the newly inducted President of the Methodist Conference, Neil Richardson, as he begins his year of office and for all clergy taking up new posts in Parishes and Circuits and facing new challenges and responsibilities. We pray especially for Neil Bramble-Chapman as he and his family prepare for their move to Bedford and ministry in this Partnership and Circuit.

We pray for our Church here at St. Mark's and our sister church at Putnoe Heights and for our ministers, Charlie, Joan and Sam. Guide and uphold our ministers, leadership team and all who lead, organize and contribute to the Church's vision of service and witness, that we may continue to do bold things in Jesus' name.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer

We pray for the sick, both at home and in hospital or hospice and of those awaiting consultations and treatments. We think of the elderly, the housebound and those in care homes. And we pray for all those who minister to their needs, both from within the family and from the professional and voluntary services. Let their care be as a continuation of that shown by Jesus who responded to the needs of all those who had faith.

Comfort and sustain those who are in need of your grace at this time and as we share a moment of silence together, we bring before you those known only to ourselves as we name them in our hearts and commit them to your loving care.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer

Especially do we pray for those who face the pain of grief and the difficult period of searching and emptiness that often follows the loss of a loved one. Help us to support all who mourn both in our prayers now and in the months to come.

CandleJesus 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: - James M--

You turn our darkness into light; 
in your light shall we see light

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer

A final prayer for ourselves: -
As the prophets of old spoke of the word of God to their people help us to be no less certain and committed in our witness to the love of Christ and the fellowship to be found in his Church.

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 pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen.


 Sermon: Paddington Bear and Bible Readings and Notes  for 6th July 2003. 

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