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Intercessions for 12 February 2006

By Mr John Tatman

Let us pray. Almighty God and Father of all creation, hear us as we pray for your world, your children and your church. We pray for the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and understanding may grow among all nations, peoples, tribes and tongues in the one human race. We pray for all who have power in the world, for governments, for the rich, for those whose words are heard or read by many people, that they may not be corrupted by power or the lust for power, but serve the common good. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the church throughout the world and in this country. We pray for this church and for Putnoe Heights, for Charlie, Neil, Joan and Sam, and all others who serve in this church in positions of authority, and all others who offer their services in various ways in the service of Christ. We thank you for giving us different abilities and different possessions. We offer them back to you, and ask that we may never lose the opportunities we have of using them in your service. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, we bring before you ourselves, our families and friends that you may touch us and bless us. Help us to know you, to love you, to enjoy you, and to serve you. Rule in our hearts and in our homes. Keep us tender and thoughtful in our loving. Sustain us in our anxious and difficult times and protect and deliver us from all that could weaken, or destroy our happy lives. Guide us, and guide all others, in whose hands is the training of our children and young people that we may be for them not a hindrance but a help and an encouragement. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God our Father, we remember before you any who are suffering from any form of illness. We pray for any who are anxious, sorrowful, or in any kind of need at this time. We pray especially for loved ones and those who are known to us who are ill or in any kind of need at this time. We remember them now in the quietness of our hearts.

We know that you love them, and know their every need, far better than we do. We ask that you will do for them as you see best, and bless them with your love and peace. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Almighty God, we pray for those we love but see no longer. Grant them your peace, and let light perpetual shine upon them. We pray for those who mourn, that they may know the consolation of your love. 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 brings hope. We remember: -

You turn our darkness into light. In your light shall we see light. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

We will say together the prayer that Jesus gave us.