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Prayers of Intercession Ordinary 14 Year A

By Mrs Alison Holden


Let us pray for our troubled world and all who live in it.

We pray for the G8 summit conference, that the hearts of those who have the power to make a difference may use that power boldly and wisely to bring an end to suffering in the parts of the world where life is a daily lottery between death and survival. We pray that all those striving to raise awareness of the plight of the poorest may continue to work to influence governments long after the passion of Live 8 has become another memory.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the faith to continue to work towards the time when justice will prevail, knowing that anything we do in the Lord’s name will make a difference, even though we cannot ourselves change the world overnight. In the words of Archbishop Oscar Romero,

“This is what we are about:
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference between the ‘Master Builder’ and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future that is not our own. Amen.”

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who suffer in mind or body and for those who care for them. We pray for the sick; for those who mourn; for those without faith, hope or love.

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 pray with confidence as our Saviour has 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. Amen