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Intercessions for Ordinary 28

Prayers 3rd September 2006

Lord, quieten us down as we place into your hands those for whom we want to pray. We know that you love them with a greater love than we could ever imagine. In the stillness we are here, with you, for them. Father, we thank you that you have filled your world with so many good things, for our homes and families, for work and learning, for friends and leisure. Give us all thankful hearts, knowing you are always with us. Help us when we find it hard to trust you; guide us when we lose our way; strengthen us when we are ready to give up or give in.
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Dear God, we pray for all church leaders and preachers and those with pastoral responsibility in the church or in the community. Strengthen and uphold especially the ministry within our partnership of Charlie, Joan and Sam and for Liz Spavins and for all her helpers in young people’s groups and Junior Church. Give wisdom and discernment to our congregations here and at St Mark’s, that all we say and do may bring you praise and glory to draw others to Christ.
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for those who teach others; for all involved in every aspect of education. May they have wisdom, integrity, patience and a commitment to share all that is good and right. We pray for all those who are taught, for children and young people, especially for those just beginning school or changing schools, and for those studying away from home for the first time in their lives. Guide and encourage them on their journey.
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for your world; for governments, leaders, diplomats, and all seeking reconciliation and solution for conflicts. We remember the peoples and governments of the Middle East, Lebanon, Israel, Iran, Syria and Palestine, that new ways for peace may be found, that your wisdom may prevail. Give strength to all who work to relieve the hungry and seek justice for the oppressed and heal the sick throughout your world. Prosper the work of Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda and the Faith in Action churches of Malawi. Bless all you people in these places as they seek your new life in abundance for their communities and open our hearts and homes to help and support them.
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray for those who, day by day, face hurt and pain and for those facing operations and long-term illness, and especially those whom we know are in special need; we name them in our hearts …
We pray for those caring for the sick and the dying, at home, in hospital and in hospices and for those caring for the elderly and infirm.
Comfort and heal those who suffer in mind, body or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

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. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace and rise in glory.

Merciful Father,
accept out prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Lord’s prayer


(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