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Prayers of Intercession Ordinary 23 Year A

By Mr Ian Farthing

The bidding for our prayers is

'Lord in your mercy'

and the response

'hear our prayer'

Let us pray

Lord God you are the father of all people and we come before you today with our prayers knowing that you will hear us, help us and guide us.

We pray today for reconciliation and forgiveness in our own lives. Peace will begin with us and we ask that the change we all so long for in the world would be present in our own lives and be an example to others.

Lord we ask you to help us to seek out opportunities to work for understanding and tolerance between people of different religious backgrounds, different social backgrounds, different racial and political backgrounds. We pray especially that religious views would not lead to bitterness and hatred between us your children whom you so love and with whom your patience and tolerance is boundless.
We remember the example of the Good Samaritan who reached out to someone outside of his own religion and culture, may this example inspire us to go beyond our own comfort zones and help those in need regardless of them being different to ourselves.

Lord in your mercy

Lord today we pray for victims of fire, flood earthquake, famine or disease. For those whom disaster has left homeless, injured or bereaved and today our thoughts and prayers are especially with the people of the US Gulf Coast states and particularly with the people of New Orleans and Biloxi.

Give all who suffer the love that bears all things, believes all things , hopes all things. Be the support of all who give their strength, their skill and their stamina in a ministry of providing relief. We ask you to open our hearts in generosity and prayer that we may also be partners and support their commitment to bring relief to the thousands in need at this time.

Lord in your mercy

We pray for people who are frightened because they are ill. Reassure them that because of the knowledge that you give to us, many diseases can now be cured. Help them to have confidence in those with medical knowledge to diagnose illness and care for the sick. Give them courage, hope and peace, and the knowledge that you are present in their weakness, pain and suffering. We pray especially for those who have no one to help them, that in their loneliness they may know that you are with them.
Lord in your mercy,

Heavenly Father, we pray for those whose hearts have been saddened by the death of someone close and dear to them, for members of our families who have died and whose anniversary we recall. Help us to experience the comfort of the Holy Spirit within us, and the fellowship of the church family around us until we are reunited once more in your heavenly kingdom.
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 symbolize the light of Christ which eternally shines and brings hope - we remember

Roy Bert James Daniels
Daphne Violet Babbington

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

Lord in your mercy

Be with us Lord in the week ahead as we go out onto the world. May the lips that have sung your praises always speak the truth, may the ears which have heard your word listen only to what is good and may our lives as well as our worship be always pleasing in your sight for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord

Gathering our prayers and praises into one let us pray with confidence as our saviour has taught us as we say together the Lords Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven:-