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Church Prayers and Intercessions

Church Prayers and Intercessions for Ordinary 14

Holy God, in whom we live and move and have our being, we make our prayers to you.

Guide our nation in the days and months ahead to walk the paths of peace and reconciliation. Give to our leaders wisdom and sensitivity to work for unity and the common good.
Mend broken relationships and restore to wholeness whatever has been damaged by heated debate.

You are Sovereign of all. You created the world without national borders. You created us as one people on one planet. But we have divided and fractured, scattered and marginalized. Draw us together by the one Spirit. Draw us together in Your One Love. Draw us together, so that we might understand that Your love knows no bounds. For we are all part of Your beloved community; we all belong to You.

God of justice and love, your way commands our obedience. We can do nothing apart from the blessings you bestow. We offer our lives in service to you to be sent out as you sent out your first disciples. We pray that the work of Your church may be enlarged, enriched and strengthened as it seeks to do your will and to show compassion, justice, and mercy in our world of need. Accept what we bring, and multiply its effectiveness, through Christ our Lord.

O Lord, save us from self-centredness in our prayers and help us to remember to pray for others. May we be so lovingly absorbed with those for whom we pray that we may feel their needs as keenly as our own, and intercede for them sensitively, with understanding and imagination. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful and lift up all who are dejected.

We remember those we have loved but see no more and pray for those left behind to grieve for a while and then to continue on life’s journey knowing that it will not be the same in many different ways.
Help us all to show to the bereaved our love and compassion and to share the certain knowledge that wWith you, Lord, is the well of life and in your light do we see light.