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Church Prayers and Intercessions

Church Prayers and Intercessions

Ordinary 13 Year B 2015

Prayers of Intercession June 28th. 2015
Morning Worship & Baptism Service at 9-30 am
(prayers 94.doc)
Wis. Sol. 1:13-15, 2 2:23-24. God gave immortal life, not death.
2 Corr.8:7-15 Responsible giving.
Mark 5:21–43 Jairus’ daughter. Woman that touched him.

The bidding today will be:- Lord, in your mercy .
and the response will be: - Hear our prayer.
And afterwards we will say together the words of the Lord’s Prayer as printed in your order of service.

We pray together,
Father God, you have caused into being a world of both wonder and great challenges and in your wisdom you have placed great responsibilities in our hands. Help us to know that we are not alone on life’s journey and that through our experiences and knowledge of our Saviour Jesus Christ we can seek guidance and help even through the darkest of times.

Lord, in your mercy - Hear our prayer.

We pray for the church in all its forms and traditions especially in those parts of the world where it faces open hostility and violence. Give courage and faith to its leaders and support all its members through whatever adversity they face. We pray for our own parent Anglican and Methodist traditions – and for the annual Methodist conference currently meeting in Southport.

Today we pray for the children amongst us and especially for Rosaria and Blake and their families - that the promises made today will provide the framework for their lives in the years to come. We pray for all the children here in our care, both in Sunday and weekday activities, that they may feel welcomed and part of a loving church family.

So we pray for our churches here at St. Mark’s and at Putnoe Heights; for preachers, leaders, Readers, cleaners, gardeners and musicians and all who contribute to our life of work and witness to the glory of God and of his son Jesus Christ.

Lord, in your mercy - Hear our prayer.

We pray for peace in so many parts of our troubled world where ethnic, tribal and religious differences continue to fill our news headlines. We pray for the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks, and their distraught families, as we find it difficult to understand the causes of so much hatred and inhumanity. We pray that those with influence and authority will heed and promote the calls for tolerance, peace and justice.

We pray for those who are faced with finding solutions to the problems of mass migration where people, fleeing poverty, war or persecution, take ever increasing risks to seek sanctuary in Europe. We remember that Jesus himself was taken as a refugee to Egypt and pray for the work of all engaged in humanitarian work amongst refugees in many parts of the world.

Lord, in your mercy - Hear our prayer.

We pray for our own country and its peoples, for HM the Queen, her ministers and all who hold authority and power.
Help the nation to not forget its Christian heritage of charity and service - for the good of all its peoples.

We pray for our young people who will be leaving the security of full time education and entering the varied world of employment. Help them to find fulfilment in their chosen careers as we remember those who still seek work of any kind.

In this time of heightened security we remember those who put their lives on the line for our security, Police, Firefighters, Lifeboat crews, members of the armed forces and others - and we pray for them and their families.

Lord, in your mercy - Hear our prayer.

As we have heard in the Gospel reading of Jesus’ compassion for the sick so we pray for those in most need in our own families and neighbourhood. We remember those with illness and infirmity, the lonely, the housebound and those facing uncertain futures. We pray for all those in caring roles - that you bestow on them your gifts of patience, compassion and understanding.

We pray now for those that we know who are in some special need at this time as we share a brief moment of silence together.
(A short period of silence and reflection)

As we have named them in our hearts so let them feel your presence and friendship in their lives as we commit them to your loving care.

Lord, in your mercy - Hear our prayer.

We also remember those who have been drawn to their eternal rest and are now in your safe keeping. We pray for those who mourn their passing and treasure memories of times past.

For we can be assured that………..

Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, a light which no darkness can quench. We remember those who have died
and we light a candle to symbolise the light of Christ which eternally shines and brings hope.
For you turn our darkness into light; in your light shall we see light.

And so may the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace and rise in glory.

Lord, in your mercy - Hear our prayer.

A final prayer for ourselves : -
Gracious God you are the hope of our journey
and the light on our way.
Be close to us as we seek to both witness and serve.
And let the joy and delight in the gift of your love –
shine from us to inspire hope in others.
(Extract from Roger Walton, West Yorks. District Chair)

And so -
Merciful Father, “Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen”.

(We say together the words that Jesus taught us)

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.