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Prayers 20th November 2005

Mrs Pat Leusby


Lord, as we come to you in prayer, make each of us conscious of your nearness.  Open our ears that we may hear your voice, enter our hearts that we may know more of you.  May we always be aware of your greatness, yet you are always ready to hear the prayers of your people.  Hear us now Lord, as we bring our requests to you.

Father God, we lift to you our world.  It’s really your world Lord, for you have created it, but we’re the ones who are making a mess of everything through wars and greed, through terrorism, cruelty and lack of love and consideration for our fellow men, through split up of family life, cruelty to children, drugs and pollution.  So many of us are confused and – yes Lord, frightened by what is happening to our world, and the feeling of being so helpless to do anything about it.  Lord, in our helplessness we turn to you.  We cry to you for help and ask you to give to all men the knowledge and understanding of how to put right the dreadful things that are happening, the wrongs man does to his neighbour, nations to nation, and even parents to their children.  Lord, in our helplessness we cry to you for help.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer


A prayer for those in authority

Lord God, all wise, all merciful, hear us as we pray for those who bear the responsibility of leadership among the nations of the world.  Give them, in all their deliberations, regard for your laws, wisdom to know your will, respect for human rights and the grace of humility that they may be ready to see a point of view which differs from their own.  Grant that they may seek to lead men in the paths of truth, freedom and peace, for the glory of your Name.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


A prayer for churches here and throughout the world

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the witness of your Church throughout the world and for the places where there is a new freedom to worship your freely.  We pray for your guiding hand upon them as they face the changes and new problems which may come.  Be with your people in those countries where your church still faces oppression and persecution and give your people strength and courage to stand fro what is right.  Guide the church leaders in our country, Lord, as they face the problems of the present day.  Direct their thoughts and give them wisdom in their decisions.  We pray for churches in our area, particularly here and at Putnoe Heights, and for Charlie, Sam, Neil and Joan, and bless them, Lord, as they go forward in your Name.  Bless the work and worship of both our churches that each may be a house of prayer, a centre of Christian teaching, a community of service and a witness to your redeeming love. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for our homes and families, and ask your blessing on them.  Make us aware of your loving care day by day, and make us thankful for all the blessing we receive but which we often take for granted.  Make us mindful of those who are alone and have no family life, those in hostel or bed and breakfast accommodation, those living on the streets and those whose lives are dominated by drugs and alcohol.  We pray too for inspiration and endurance for people who try to help them – for people like the Samaritans and other voluntary bodies who provide aid in so many ways; for doctors, clergy and social workers.  Help us all to be good neighbours, not only to those near us, but to anyone in trouble who needs someone just to come close and to listen.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Now a prayer for all who are unwell

Lord God, whose Son Jesus Christ understood people’s fear and pain before they spoke of them, we pray for all who are suffering in mind, body or spirit, and in a moment of silence we bring those we know before you …..  Surround the frightened with your tenderness, give strength to those in pain, hold the weak in your arms of love and give hope and patience to those who are recovering.  And for those who are hurting, Lord, but who do not accept you as their loving Heavenly Father, we ask that, by the power of your Spirit thay may be aware of your longing to reach them and touch their lives with your healing grace.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray now for all who have been bereaved and we think this morning of the family of the policeman killed in Bradford.  Grant them all comfort in their pain and sorrowing.  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 and love 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 for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.


A final short prayer for ourselves

Father, be near us when we are distressed; strengthen us when we are weak; hold us when we are afraid; guide us when we are lost.  Laugh with us and share our joy; sing with us and stir our hearts; fill us up that we may might be renewed at each day’s end and each day’s dawning.

We will now join in singing the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy 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 forever.  Amen