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Prayers for the Fourth Sunday in Lent - Mothering Sunday

By Mrs Sue Allen

Let us pray.
God our Father, in your unfailing love and goodness, hear us as we bring to you our prayers for the world and for all people . In this period of Lent we come to you aware of our unreadiness for the enormity of the Easter message, that Christ suffered and died for us and was yet raised in glorious victory.. Grant us healing in our souls Lord, and in the souls of all who search for meaning in their lives.

We give you thanks for your beautiful world , for all its richness and complexity .for the foretaste of spring and summer we have enjoyed this week and pray for better awareness of the needs of our planet and sensitivity to the conservation of its resources. We give you thanks for our senses which enable us to enjoy the splendour of your world around us, the sight and scent of flowers, the sound of birdsong, the feeling of warmth from the sun.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We pray for the health and vigour of your Church on Earth, for all who preach your Gospel and have responsibility for the cure of souls. We pray for those churches that struggle to keep their doors open in an era when attendance at worship is poor. Grant them willing hands and sufficient funds to maintain regular worship to your glory. We pray for the decisions made at the Circuit Meeting this week, that your will be done, and especially for those seeking a new minister for the partnership.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Lord, we thank you that you have brought us safely thus far to this point in our lives. We thank you for the past, with gratitude for the people who cared for us in our infancy and childhood - remembering particularly today our mothers, teachers who taught us in school, and all who shaped us into the people we are, giving thanks especially for those who showed us the way of Christ and helped plant our footsteps in His.

We thank you for the present, for our families and friends who support us and surround us with their love, for this community at Putnoe Heights which sustains us and keeps us rooted in Your love. Help us to be supportive to our friends, families and neighbours and sensitive to their needs.
We would ask your blessing on all who are at turning points in their lives, those preparing for marriage, those who have lost their job and face uncertainty, and all facing illness or infirmity, give them courage and hope.

And we pray for the future, certain in the knowledge that you will continue to guide us and guard us throughout all things. Support us through times of ill health or doubt or trouble. and fulfil your promise to be with us to the end of the age. We remember the troubled nations of the world, praying for an end to warfare and for negotiations for peace throughout the world.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We thank you Father for your many miracles of healing, and we pray for all who work with the sick and infirm. We name in our hearts those we love who are in need of your healing touch. We pray that your blessing be upon them and those who love and care for them and we pray that they may find encouragement and peace, that their sorrows and concerns be transformed into comfort ,and their loneliness into fellowship with you.
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We remember those who we love but see no longer. Almighty Father, be with all those who are grieving today over the loss of a loved one.
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  ………………………………..........................................................................
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Merciful Father:
accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

We say together the prayer that Jesus taught us.

Lord’s Prayer.

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