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Intercessions for Ordinary 15 Year B 2006

Prayers by Mr Mike Elliott

1. Amos 7:7-15. Plumb-line among the Israelites
2. Eph1:3-14. Blessings of Christ
3. Mark 6:14-29. Death of John the Baptist

The bidding for our prayers will be ‘Lord in Your Mercy’
With the response ‘Hear our Prayer’.
After these prayers of intercession we shall sing together the Lord’s prayer as printed on your Order of Service.

The psalmist wrote : -“Be still and know that I am God”
And so in the stillness we acknowledge the presence of our heavenly Father, the creator of all. In our prayers of intercession we bring our hopes and concerns for God’s people both near and far, that in so doing we touch upon what it is to love our neighbour and to further that Kingdom of God as revealed through your son Jesus Christ.
Lord in Your mercy. - 'Hear our prayer’

Lord Jesus we pray for your Church with its rich diversity of worship, service and mission in your name. And we hold up to you it’s man-made doubts and divisions that it may continue to seek unity in faithfulness to you and so spread the Gospel, that “Good News” about a salvation which comes through a knowledge of and union with Christ.

We pray for all those who work for inter-faith understanding and especially in those parts of the world where there is deep division within and between the religions.
Encourage, sustain and inspire the work of our Methodist and Anglican denominations in Diocese and Deanery, District and Circuit as we move forward together in faith.

Bless the work of this Church and of our Sister church in Putnoe. Support the leadership of our ministers Charlie Joan, Neil and Sam and all who hold office that the ongoing work of service and witness to the wider community is furthered and, with your grace, bring more souls into the community of faith.

Lord in Your mercy. - 'Hear our prayer’

In a world once again witness to the extremes of human intolerance so we pray for your guidance as we yearn for peace in our strife-torn world. As media correspondents run out of words to describe some of the atrocities carried out in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and now India and Lebanon. We especially pray for the innocent victims of violence caught up in conflicts that they seem powerless to influence and we can only pray that sufficient men and women of courage will ultimately stand up for peace, justice and, ultimately, reconciliation and so lead others from war to peace, from despair to hope.

Thinking of the forthcoming G8 Summit in St. Petersburg. Creator God who created a world sufficient to supply the needs of all, help the richer nations to honour pledges made to those countries in so desperate need and by influence and example promote the concepts of fair trade and justice for all.
Lord in Your mercy. - 'Hear our prayer’

We pray for this our nation. Give wisdom and humility to all in government and authority at all levels of our society. We pray for open and honest debate and decisions which will help all our diverse communities. We pray especially for Elizabeth our Queen and the members of our armed forces facing difficult duties in so many parts of the world. We remember and ask your blessing on all who help us in our daily lives thinking of those who care for our health, who police our streets and on whom we can call in an emergency. For they follow in the example of him who came to serve us all; even our saviour Jesus Christ.

We think of our young people coming to the end of one chapter in their lives and perhaps planning for new ones in new schools, colleges or in the world of work. Be with them as they make their choices and face new challenges in the months ahead.

Lord in Your mercy. - 'Hear our prayer’

And so we think now of those in special need in our own community, the sick, the frail, the vulnerable, the outcast, those saddled with un-payable debt not knowing where to turn.
And we pray for all those who minister to so many different needs and ask that you endow them with wisdom, strength and compassion as they go about their caring tasks.
So let us share a moment of silence together as we bring before you those known only to ourselves as we name them in our hearts. (A short period of silence)

All these we hold up to you and commit to your loving care.
Lord in Your mercy. - 'Hear our prayer’

We pray for those who face the pain of grief at the loss of a loved one whether recent or many years ago.

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.
Today we remember: -
Frank Osborne

You turn our darkness into light; in your light shall we see light.

Lord in Your mercy. - 'Hear our prayer’

A final prayer from the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland: -
“Lord, grant that love may triumph and that your peace prevail in the hearts of all people”.

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

Gathering our prayers and praises into one as we sing the Lord’s Prayer together.


(Modern Form)
Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come, your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread, forgive us our sins.
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom the power and the glory are yours,
Now and forever. Amen