Prayers Sunday 17 November 2013 - Ordinary 33 Year C
By Mr Ian Farthing
The Bidding for our prayers is
Lord in your mercy and the response is hear our prayer
Heavenly father we come before you with thanksgiving for all your mercy, and your grace , for the beauty and wonder of the world around us as we bring to your our love, devotion, thanks and praise.
We thank you that the way to your presence is always open through Jesus Christ and that you invite us to draw near in full assurance of faith.
Help us to pray simply, sincerely, unselfishly and gratefully as we remember the needs of others as well as our own.
Father we ask for your blessing to rest upon this place today, as we pray for all leaders of your church and for all who teach and bring Gods love to others we pray for our ministers for Charlie Sam and Jane and for the spiritual growth of all Christians.
Help us to see the kind of church needed in the world today and hold before us the vision of your kingdom, a kingdom of justice and mercy, truth and compassion.
Help us to grasp the meaning of your gospel which you have entrusted to us and give us the grace to live by it.
Lord in your mercy
We pray for your world, for all who offer their services in the leadership of the affairs of their countries, that they may uphold what is right for peace and for the survival of mankind.
We pray particularly at this time for peace in all countries of the world where violence. war and terrorism are still taking place, Father purify the minds and attitudes of those involved in bringing violence and terrorism to the world that all may know Christ's peace, without which society loses hope and direction.
Father today our prayers and hearts go out to those suffering from the terrible typhoon in the Philippines.
We pray for aid agencies and all those engaged in bringing relief.
We give thanks for the generosity of so many people who are giving of time and money and especially those who are on the ground in areas of devastation helping to rebuild communities and bring food and medical aid which is so desperately needed
Lord in your mercy
We pray for those who are finding life hard at this time for those with difficult decisions to make, problems to solve or difficult tasks to face. Father you know the fears and anxieties that fill our hearts, anchor our thoughts and minds in your great power and love that we may face the days ahead with peace in our hearts and with confidence in your fatherly care.
Lord in your mercy
Father whose compassion does not fail we bring to you the sufferings of all humankind, the despair of the homeless, the sighing of prisoners especially of those held unjustly, the pains of the sick and the injured, the helplessness of the aged and the frail.
In your great mercy comfort and relieve them according to their various needs and may they all draw strength that you are with them in all their troubles.
We give thanks for the promise of eternal life and the hope of glory and we commend to your everlasting love and care those who have died.
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.
You turn our darkness into light in your light shall we see light
Lord, in your mercy
Be with us Father in the week ahead as we go out into the world.
May the lips that have sung your praises always speak the truth, may the ears which have heard your word listen only to what is good and may our lives as well as our worship be always pleasing in your sight for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord
Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your son our saviour Jesus Christ