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Intercessions for Ordinary 15 by Mr Mike Elliott

The bidding for our prayers today is Lord in your mercy and the response is “Hear our prayer”
Let us pray.

Holy Communion at 9-30 am, 15 Ordinary

1. DEUT 30: 9-14 Be prosperous/Word near to you.
2. COL. 1:1-14 We continue to pray for Colosse
3. LUKE 10: 25-37 Good Samaritan

The bidding for our prayers will be ‘Lord in Your Mercy’
With the response ‘Hear our Prayer’.

After these prayers of intercession we shall sing together the Lord’s Prayer as printed on your Order of Service.

Heavenly Father, Lord of time and space, we acknowledge your creation for the wonder that it is and that in this small corner you have given us a special place within it. We know this because you sent Jesus to offer us the chance to be a part of your kingdom here on Earth and through him to have life eternal. Hear us as we ask for those things which trouble our hearts and of others the world over who also acknowledge you as their Lord..

We pray for your Church, founded by ordinary people with extraordinary faith and courage. We ask that that same faith and courage be granted to your church today that it may stand as a beacon amongst so many of the ills we see in our society and the wider world. Bless the work of our church here at St. Mark’s and at Putnoe Heights that with your grace and through the power of your spirit folk may be drawn to the truth of Christ’s gospel as preached here week by week. Support those who work to ensure that our churches are used in every possible way in serving their communities and we pray for our ministers Charlie Joan and Sam and especially remember and pray for the 63 ministers newly ordained at the Methodist Conference last week.

Lord in Your mercy. - 'Hear our prayer’

We pray for peace in your world. Let that process start in our own hearts where we seek only your peace, that which is indeed beyond human understanding. In the world beyond our doorstep we see, through the media, the conflict and turmoil between different ideologies, between different faiths, between the haves and the have-nots, between East and West and the list seems endless and self-replicating.

We pray that peace, real peace, YOUR peace is seen as the only long lasting solution and in the meantime we earnestly pray for those who work for peace and reconciliation in all its forms and situations that they know they are doing your will.

We give thanks for the release of hostages like Alan Johnston and Margaret Hill and pray for the countless other, less well known, victims and for their anxious families.

We remember our service personnel posted overseas and their families. We are only too aware of the mounting list of deaths and casualties and pray for lasting political solutions that will bring an end to hostilities.

Lord in Your mercy. - 'Hear our prayer’

We pray for this our nation, caught up in fear of terrorist attacks. Help us all to hold on to those values in our society that uphold justice and freedom within the law. We live in a nation built on Christian principles and values, help us to ensure that now in our mainly secular society they are not devalued or lost altogether.

We remember our emergency services, first on the scene and at the forefront of danger. Give them Lord the knowledge, skill and courage to serve all our people at their time of need.

We remember those families caught up in the recent flooding, now finding that their lives are put on hold whilst they establish how they are to rebuild homes and even communities. Be with all those Lord who face difficulty and uncertainty in their lives whatever the cause.

Lord in Your mercy. - 'Hear our prayer’

Lord Jesus, comforter and healer to those in both physical, mental and spiritual need, we bring before you those known to our congregation here, or to us personally, who are in need at this time. We name them in our hearts in a moment of silence and are emboldened to ask that your healing touch may be felt in their lives (silence).

All these we hold up to you and commit to your loving care.

Lord in Your mercy. - 'Hear our prayer’

We thank you Lord for the opportunities in the life of our church to offer support and comfort to the bereaved. And so we pray for those in our midst and the wider community who face that pain of grief at the loss of a loved one; for we can in confidence claim that: -

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: -


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:
In the story of the Good Samaritan you clearly showed us who our neighbour is; help us to take the next step and to show compassion wherever and whenever needed.

Merciful Father, “Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen”.

Gathering our prayers and praises into one as we sing the Lord’s Prayer together.

(Modern Form)
Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come, your will be done
On earth as it is 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 forever. Amen