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By Alison Holden   30th November 2003

These prayers include some words by Frank Topping from his book All the Days of my Life,


Lord, we come before you with our petitions, our questions and our problems; speak to us, guide us, lead us, not as we ask, nor as we deserve, but as, in your love, you see our need.  Help us to pray, as Jesus prayed: Lord, not my will, but thy will be done.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

As we enter this season of Advent, may we walk from darkness into light, as we look forward to the coming on earth of our Lord into a human family.  We pray that he may enter a peaceful world where hatred is replaced by love, injury by pardon, contempt by respect, doubt by faith, and sorrow by hope.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord, you came to earth in humility to show us the way to glory; may we walk in the light as we live our lives. We pray that we may live in such a way those we meet may feel better for having known us. 

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those charged with the responsibility of government that they may be granted wisdom, compassion and the strength to resist the corrupting influence of power; may they work for the common good and respect the rights of those who oppose them.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus Christ, you know what suffering means; you know what it is to feel weary in mind and body.  In your love for us, you identified yourself with the weak and sick, and wept for our suffering.  In your mercy relieve our discomfort by the knowledge of your healing presence, for your name’s sake.

We pray for any known to us who are in special need of our prayers at this time.  We remember them now in a moment of silence ….

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 …

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.

Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us now sing the Lord’s Prayer. 

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.  Amen.