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Intercessions for Ordinary 30 by Mr Mike Elliott

Prayers of Intercession Oct. 28th. 2007
Morning Worship at 9-30 am, 30 Ordinary

1. JER.14:7-10, 19-22 Acknowledge own sins and God
2. 2TIM.4:6-8, 16-18 Run the race, kept the faith
3. LUKE 18: 9-14 Pharisee & Tax Collector in Temple

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

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

Heavenly Father, You have given us minds capable of great scientific theories and discoveries and yet we only scratch the surface of what lies within your creation. Help us as we continue on this journey of discovery to use our knowledge only for good-purposes and that in this journey we seek a right relationship with you so that we not only understand the ‘what and the how’ but also the ‘who and the why’.

As we pray for this world on which we live, and which you have entrusted to us, we ask that the nations of the world may come together with fitting responses when faced with the big questions of the day. We think of climate change, poverty, migration, conflicts and so many more pressing concerns. We ask that in all deliberations that guidance will always be sought as to your will.

Lord in Your mercy. - 'Hear our prayer’

As we pray for all your people in every kind of need so do we pray for your Church, often seen as an irrelevance in our western world of rapid progress, affluence and a 24/7 society. Help us to broadcast our strength which is the revelation that in Christ are answers to heartfelt questions that many are seeking. Help us, who are your church, to place no stumbling block in the way of those that seek the eternal or even of those who come not knowing what they seek. Help us to be welcoming, concerned, prayerful and open to your holy Spirit in whichever way it leads.
We pray for our church here at St. Mark’s and at Putnoe Heights and for our ministers Charlie, Joan and Sam and for all who share in the church’s mission in the community and the world at large.

Lord in Your mercy. - 'Hear our prayer’

We pray for peace in your world; remembering the example of Christ the Prince of Peace. We call to mind the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan - the complex tensions between Israel and Palestine - the turmoil in Darfur - and now the war of words over Iran plus countless other violent skirmishes which do not make it past our media editors.

In all these conflicts words have failed, trust has been lost and national or racial antagonisms have been let loose. We pray for all involved in dialogue either as a means to prevent conflict or as a first step in its cessation, that all men and women of peace will be aware that they do your will.
As we approach Remembrance Day do we especially remember and pray for our service personnel posted overseas and their families. We are only too aware of the mounting number of deaths and injuries borne in our name.

Lord in Your mercy. - 'Hear our prayer’

We pray for this our nation, for Her Majesty the Queen and for all who serve the common good in whatever capacity; We remember those in high office with great influence, power and responsibility, those in the Caring professions juggling home-life with changing shift-patterns or the great army of Volunteers without whom society would be the poorer. Today we especially pray for the work of BeCHaR and its work amongst the homeless and rootless here in Bedford.

We pray for parents who seek what is best for their children amongst so much choice, conflicting advice and constant commercial pressure.

We pray for those, mainly in our big cities, who have grown up not knowing love or with little guidance or role models who now see the world as a battle ground in which rival gangs vie for supremacy.

In all these aspects of our national life there is a growing need for the re-discovery of a spiritual dimension which we earnestly pray that, with God’s grace, may continue to be at the centre of our nation; a source of comfort and strength for all those who seek it.

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 any sort of 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 and that they know your peace (silence).

All these we hold up to your tender mercy 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. We also think of those families struck by tragedy recently whilst on holiday. For we can claim in confidence 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: -

Joy Ainsworth

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 all our actions in serving Christ and his Church, help us to be humble and to give you the glory but also let us be bold in praising your name and spreading your word.

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 say the Lord’s Prayer together.


Traditional Form
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.