Sunday before Lent
We give thanks dear Lord for your saving goodness for us and for all people. We thank you that you are with each one of us as walk life’s highway. That whether we feel spiritually or elated or face distress and tiredness, that you are our constant friend and companion. Help us to trust in you at all times, through life’s high’s and low’s that we might come at last to behold the revelation of your majesty.
We pray for Jaana, Ese and Aletta as they have been baptized. May they know the closeness of your presence throughout their lives, to uphold and sustain them in the Christian life. And we pray for all Christians as we seek to be witnesses of your saving love in a world which often has little time for hearing the words of spiritual life.
We pray for all of those who are in need.
We continue to remember those who suffer from the effects of the Tsunami. We pray for aid agencies and all those engaged in bringing relief. We give thanks for the generosity of so many people who have given 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.
We pray that the whole world would unite to help those who live in poverty. That rich nations would be mindful of the need to reach out to those less fortunate.
We also pray that wisdom would be given to world leaders as they seek to help bring an end to the centuries of conflicts which have crippled countries like Africa and left their people without, education, medicine, freedom or food.
We pray for those who are known to us and in need of prayer. We continue to pray for Peter Cooper and ask for your blessing to be upon the family and that Peter would know your healing touch upon his life.
We pray for Pope John Paul II for his health and continued recovery and for all of our Roman Catholioc brothers and sisters who have been concerned at his illness
We give thanks for those who have died and we light a candle as we give thanks for them and pray for their loved ones.
Jesus Christ is the light of the world, a light which no darkness can quench, we light a candle to symbolize the light of Christ which eternally shines and brings hope and we remember
1. Charles Stephen Hatchard
2. William James Reece Hicks (died 7.6.98)
3. Alan Alfred Cooper
4. Alan Albert Joy
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory
for ever and ever. Amen.