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Intercessions for Ordinary 20 August 2008 Mr Ian Farthing

Lord God, you are the father of all people and we bring our prayers before you now knowing that you will hear us and help us.

Lord, we pray today for your Church carrying a gospel of forgiveness and freedom which is needed so much in our world.

We thank you for those with a gift for sharing this good news in preaching and teaching the message of your salvation and we give you thanks for those with the gift for sharing this good news through the way in which they live their lives.

Give us the courage and the willingness to be your witnesses in ways that are generous and respectful and which come from the overflow of our love and delight in you.

Lord, we pray for our local Church community both here and at Putnoe Heights and ask that you grant us the vision to be a truly spiritual family - a household of faith - where all are welcomed and nourished.

Lord in your mercy - hear our prayer,

We pray today Lord for all who are involved in the Beijing Olympic Games, and especially those representing Great Britain, for their safe keeping and well being and as we celebrate the skill and resolve of those who compete we pray that throughout the games there would be a striving for excellence, a spirit of humility and fair play and a respect for others and that all who wait on you may find their strength renewed.

In a week where many of our young people have received their examination results and as they make decisions which will shape their future, we remember your love for us and that whatever qualifications they hold or whatever path they choose to take, you will be with them all every step of the journey ahead.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Lord, we pray for the countries where there is war, random violence or only a fragile peace. We pray especially today for the situation in Georgia, and ask that peace be a priority in the hearts of all and that the ways of diplomacy, reason, acceptance and forgiveness will triumph over the gun and the bomb, and we ask that the hearts of all who have been darkened by violence discover a different light and a better way.

We remember with sadness those whose lives are cut short by disease or violence, and for those who have fled their homes in fear. We remember the weak, the oppressed, the neglected and the abused. and pray that all obstacles to their healing and wholeness be removed through the outpouring of your love and hope.

Lord, in a world where some have so little and where everyday is a struggle to find the basic needs for survival for clean water and food. Help us who have more to assist in whatever way we can so that your gifts to us all may be distributed and used in accordance with your will.

We pray for the many who are becoming trapped by growing burdens of debt, who see no way out and who despair for their future, give them courage to tackle the problems they face, clarity in taking decisions which will turn their situation around and faith that as they cry to you in their trouble you will, deliver them from their distress

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Lord we pray for those for whom this day will seem long and hard; for those in hospital or ill at home; those struggling with despair or depression; those waiting for a job, or important news, or for a friend to call

We remember with deep gratitude those who have left their mark on our lives by giving us love and laughter - but have now gone before us to be with Christ. We hold them in our hearts, knowing that you, Lord, hold them in yours.

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.

We remember

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

Merciful Father accept these prayers .


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

Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us say the Lord’s Prayer together.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
On earth as 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 for ever. Amen.