Church Prayers and Intercessions
Prayers for Ordinary 11
By Mr Ian Farthing
The bidding for our prayers is “Lord in your mercy” and the response is hear our prayer – Let us pray
Lord God our heavenly Father the giver of all good gifts, we come before you today to offer our praise and to give thanks for your blessings to us.
Forgive us that so often we are more ready to turn to you in times of trouble and need rather than to thank you in the good times we enjoy.
As we go about our daily lives teach us to be thankful for every precious minute of time.
Help us not to take for granted your gift of life itself, our health and strength, the love and support of family and friends, the beauty and vastness of your creation.
Lord you have given give so much to us all, help us to give you something in return, the love of our hearts, a willingness to serve you and a readiness to share your love with others.
We pray for your blessing to rest upon this Church and Putnoe Heights. We are grateful for its worship and fellowship; for its nurture and love.
Help us to have vision to see the kind of church you desire in the world today and may we never lose sight of the many and varied needs of our own neighbourhood and may we always be found willing and able to help others whenever we can.
And today a prayer for her Majesty the Queen
Almighty God whose Son Jesus Christ exchanged the glory of a heavenly throne for the form of a servant,
we thank you that you have given Elizabeth our Queen a heart to serve her people and have kept her devoted in service beyond all who were before her,
encourage us by her example to serve one another and to seek the common good until you call us all to reign with Christ in your eternal Kingdom .
Lord in you mercy
Lord God we pray today for families, make your loving presence felt amongst them all, especially those for whom family life is difficult and testing.
Be with those who have no family to care for them. Comfort those whose children cause them worry or heartache. Strengthen those whose children are in danger.
We remember today all children and young people as they near the end of the academic year and for those completing their exams,
we pray that all their efforts will be justly rewarded and that they will achieve what is necessary to move forward and realize their full potential.
Lord in your mercy
We pray for those who are less fortunate than ourselves; those who live in developing countries and countries where there is little stability
and we pray for all people wherever they may be who struggle to find freedom from oppression.
Teach us to be ever mindful of those in the world who are weary with the relentless struggle to keep alive;
for those who can never look forward to a good meal and a comfortable bed, and those who barely have the necessities of life which we often take for granted.
Lord God all merciful, we pray for all who face difficulties in their personal lives –
those who are sick, the bereaved, those with problems in their families, in their friendships, in their neighbourhoods or in their workplace.
Help us all to be calm in times of uncertainty,
patient with those around us and steadfast in the knowledge that you share each and every moment and each any every emotion with us.
Lord in your mercy
Lord we pray for all those whom we have loved and see no longer, grant them your peace and, let light perpetual shine upon them,
Jesus Christ is the light of the world, a light which no darkness can quench.
We remember before God all those who have died and light a candle to symbolise the light of Christ, which eternally shines and brings hope.
You turn our darkness into light in your light shall we see light.
Lord in your mercy
Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen