Church Prayers and Intercessions
By Morag Stewart
Ordinary 21 Year B 2015 23 August
We thank you for those whose influence has led us to come to worship here this morning. We remember family members, Sunday School teachers, church leaders, friends and colleagues who have encouraged us to follow in the Christian way. We give thanks for the fellowship which we find in this church which supports us as we seek to put our faith into practice in our daily lives. Strengthen us, Lord, in your service, so that we, in our turn, may be an encouragement to others.
Lord, in your mercy; Hear our prayer
we pray for your church at St. Mark's and at Putnoe Heights. Keep before us the vision of church communities where people of different church backgrounds will work and worship together harmoniously and where those who seek to know more about the Christian faith will find a welcome. Give us a clear understanding of the work you have set before us and a fresh commitment to your service in the coming year. Give wisdom to our ministers and the Leadership teams at this time, and may our witness in Brickhill continue to grow.
Thank you for the town in which we live, with all the facilities it offers: schools, shops, libraries, sports facilities and health services. We thank you for the many people, who by their jobs or voluntary work help to make our town a good place to live. Forgive us for those areas where we have failed; for poor housing, litter-strewn precincts and anti social behaviour which brings fear and anger instead of peace and security. Help us to continue to strive to build a better community where people feel safe and can enjoy the natural and built environment.
we pray for those who are sick, especially those whose illness is long term and demands much patience to bear. We remember before you those who are lonely and depressed and pray that we may be good listeners when friends and neighbours need us. Give us the right words and help us to know what simple acts of kindness may help someone else. Comfort with your presence those who suffer in body, mind or spirit and give them courage and hope in their troubles.
We remember before you those who have died and those whose anniversaries fall at this time. Give strength to those who are left to grieve and help us to share in each other's sorrow.
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:
You turn our darkness into light,
in your light shall we see light.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ
The Lord’s Prayer