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Putnoe Heights Church Prayers for Remembrance Sunday. 14th November 2004

Let us pray...
This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Be ye followers of God, and walk in love, even as Christ loved us, and gave himself for us.

On this Remembrance Sunday we begin our intercessions with a prayer of Thanksgiving...

Lord God, thank you for loving us even when we turn away from you. We are grateful for your constant care and concern. Though we feel unworthy of your great love, we thank you that through our weaknesses you give us strength; and in our wanderings you show us the way.
Lord in your mercy; Hear our prayer.

A prayer of remembrance ...
Lord, we remember those who died when madness ruled the world and evil dwelt on earth, those we knew and those whose very name is lost. Because of their sacrifice, may we renew our fight against cruelty and injustice, against prejudice, tyranny, and oppression.
Still we cry to God out of the darkness of our divided world. Let not the hope of men and women perish. Let not new clouds rain death upon the earth.
Turn to yourself the hearts and wills of rulers and peoples, that a new world may arise where men and women live as friends in the bond of your peace.
Lord in your mercy; Hear our prayer.

In a world still troubled with war, hatred and unrest, we pray for peace and unity... You have called us to be one, to live in unity and harmony, and yet we are divided;
race from race, faith from faith, rich from poor, old from young; neighbour from neighbour. 0 Lord, by whose cross all enmity is brought to an end, break down the walls that separate us, tear down the fences of indifference and hatred;
Forgive us the sins that divide us, free us from pride and self-seeking; overcome our prejudices and fears.
Give us courage to open ourselves to others; by the power of your Spirit, make us one.
Lord in your mercy; Hear our prayer.

We think now of all who are unwell in mind, body or spirit; and also those who seek to heal their suffering ...
Remember in mercy, 0 God our Father, those who are passing through illness, and especially those known to us who we are now thinking of in our prayers.
Bless all that is being done for their good, and surround them with your healing love and power, that your will may be done.
Lord in your Mercy; Hear our Prayer.

We pray for those who mourn and those who have died...
Help us, 0 God, to trust you not for ourselves alone, but for those also whom we love and
who are hid from us by the shadow of death; that as we believe your power to have raised our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, so we may trust your love to give eternal life to all who believe in him, who is the resurrection and the life.
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 and in your light shall we see light.

Merciful Father,
Accept these prayers for the sake of your son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Lord, let us walk with you and know your peace. May our lives speak of you,
And our whole being wait on you,

To hear your Word and to do your will, our Lord and our God.
The Lord's Prayer.