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Prayers for Easter Day

Prayers by Mrs Sue Allen Easter 2 Low Sunday

 Lord in these brief moments of prayer, we ask that you would lift us out of the everyday, lift our hearts and minds away from the small things and help us to feel closer to you. Let us pray for the needs of the wide world, for our local community here in Bedford, and for our families and friends whose needs we share. Loving God, our trust and hope is in You, all things are possible through Your unfailing love. No prayer goes unheard, no plea is beyond your understanding - and so together we say:

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for the Church of Christ throughout the world. For areas where Christians are persecuted for their faith, for small churches struggling to hold together as a worshipping community. We pray that all congregations who meet in Your Name, be they large or small, may be fulfilled in their mission to reach out  to bring the love of Christ to their community, and to encourage people to follow Him. Today is Local Preachers Sunday and so we pray for all who minister as local preachers in our Circuit. In this church, we give thanks for all people who quietly serve, maybe on cleaning or flower or coffee rotas, in maintaining the building and gardens, each using their own talents in your service. Encourage each one of us to find ways to serve you better in this place from day to day as an act of dedication.

                                                                            Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for the world in which you have set us, giving thanks for its beauty and complexity. Lord, our spirits are uplifted by the spring as we watch the buds unfurl and the birds preparing their nests. We praise you for the warmth of the sunshine and the pleasure of time spent outdoors. But we also know that this complex world can sometimes be harsh and hostile. Our thoughts and prayers are with all peoples suffering natural disasters. We pray for the families of the victims of the Polish plane crash. And we remember all parts of the world where there is hatred or war or tribal conflict. Blessed are the peacemakers, bless and guide all the decision makers and lead them to the paths of peace.

                                                                                                Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Lord you teach us to love one another as you love us. Give grace to us, our families and friends and neighbours and this community. We pray that in this coming week we may be able to make a difference, to offer a word of understanding or sympathy, a smile or a greeting to plant the love of Christ into a needful heart. Lord, watch over our children and grandchildren and all sick children who are too little to understand what is happening to them. We ask for your blessing on all parents, teachers and carers, may they be blessed with patience and understanding.
Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We turn our prayers now to all who suffer and we name in our hearts those for whom we have a particular concern. Those who feel lost without faith or hope or love. All who lack the basics of food, clothing or shelter. For families torn apart by disagreement or lack of understanding. For all in need of your healing peace and wholeness. Lord be with all who are ill at home or in hospital. Give them courage, patience and hope for a brighter future.

                                                                                                Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died, those we love but see no longer. Jesus Christ is the light of the world, a light no darkness can quench. We light this candle to symbolise the light of Christ which eternally shines and brings hope. We remember,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
You turn our darkness to light. In your light shall we see light.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers.

The Lord’s Prayer.