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Church Prayers and Intercessions

Prayers of Intercession May 31st. 2015

Trinity Sunday
Isaiah 6: 1-8. Isaiah’s commission, “Here am, I send me”.
Romans 8, 12-17. Life through the Spirit.
John 3 1-17.For God so loved the world that he gave….

The bidding today will be:- Lord, hear our prayer  .
and the response will be: - and let our cry come to you.
And afterwards we will sing together the words of the Lord’s Prayer as printed in your order of service.

We pray together,
Father God, creator of all that is both seen and unseen, Son of God, revealer of truth and light and
Spirit of God, advocate and enabler;
as we come before you now with prayers for peoples and nations so we acknowledge that in all of life’s situations you have gone before us and will not fail us when we say :-  

Lord, hear our prayer  - 'And let our cry come to you’

On this Trinity Sunday ……We pray for a church forever re-assessing its role and doctrines for the current age and at the same time preaching the eternal message of a risen Christ and of hope in a world of contrasts and competing ideologies.
We pray for both victims and perpetrators arising from the enquiry into historical abuse in the Methodist Church and that its apologies and open-ness will help to enforce procedures for prevention and improve channels of disclosure in the future.

So we pray for our churches here at St. Mark’s and at Putnoe Heights; for all who maintain buildings and gardens and for those who enrich our worship, provide pastoral care and reach out into the community. We pray for Charlie, Jane, Sam and Richard that through their encouragement and preaching our churches may be places to find friendship, security and inspiration - and above all to know Jesus as Lord.

Lord, hear our prayer  - 'And let our cry come to you’

We pray for peace in so many parts of our troubled world where ethnic, tribal and religious differences continue to blight humanity’s potential for greater things.
We remember the mayhem that is Syria and the onward march of Islamic State in Iraq and elsewhere, the instability and violence in Eastern Ukraine and the constant tensions in Israel and Palestine.
Our advancing technologies have yet to find a solution to our selfishness and intolerance; and so we pray that in all areas of conflict seeds of hope may be sown by men and women of courage and faith and by those who can see the bigger picture which includes a God of love.

We pray for countries where demands for individual freedoms and rights are crushed at every opportunity and where activists can disappear without trace.

We remember those in the hands of people-smugglers as they flee poverty or persecution and pray that the international community can find an equitable solution to what will be an ever increasing problem.

We pray for the work of the UNHCR and all engaged in humanitarian work amongst the refugees and migrants in many parts of the world.

We pray for the victims of natural disasters that the world’s response will always be swift and generous. We especially remember victims and aid-workers in Nepal.

Lord, hear our prayer  - 'And let our cry come to you’.

We pray for our own country and its peoples, for HM the Queen, her ministers and all who hold authority and power. We pray for our parliamentary democracy that it remains true to its ideals and that all Members of Parliament, both old and new, through Christ’s love and mercy, may strive in seeking what is right and just for all citizens regardless of party or status.

As we have recently remembered anniversaries from the Second World War so we must not forget the sacrifices made by our service personnel in more recent conflicts abroad, especially those requiring medical and psychiatric support and thus we pray for those now still on active service overseas.

Lord, hear our prayer  - 'And let our cry come to you’.

We pray for those in most need in our own families and neighbourhood. We remember the sick (in both mind and body), the lonely, the housebound and those facing uncertain futures. We pray for all those who care for and minister to them, whether family, friends or professionals and we ask that you bestow on these your gifts of patience, compassion and understanding.

We pray now for those that we know who are in some special need at this time as we share a brief moment of silence together.
(A short period of silence and reflection)

As we have named them in our hearts so let them feel your presence and friendship in their lives as we commit them to your loving care.

Lord, hear our prayer  - 'And let our cry come to you’.

We also remember those who have been drawn to their eternal rest and are now in your safe keeping. We pray for those left behind with their grief and memories of times past.

Help them feel assured that………..

Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, a light which no darkness can quench. We remember those who have died
and we light a candle to symbolise the light of Christ which eternally shines and brings hope.
Today we remember
Kathleen Eileen Richards
and Horace Allan Lavia
For you turn our darkness into light; in your light shall we see light.

Lord, hear our prayer  - 'And let our cry come to you’.

A final prayer for ourselves from the 7th century: -
Give us, Lord, the peace of those who have learnt to serve you, the joy of those who are glad to obey you and the delight of those who rejoice in your praise.
(Aidan of Lindisfarne d.651)



And so - 
Merciful Father, “Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen”.

Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be your name

Your kingdom come, your will be done
On earth as it is 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

Let us pray, for all people, in all places, and in every kind of need.
We pray for all peoples and all nations in the world. We pray especially for Nepal the nation which is mourning its dead, and trying to rebuild a country which lies shattered and broken. We pray for all countries torn apart by war and violence. We pray for refugees, remembering a war-torn Europe of 70 years ago with thousands of refugees of its own. May we extend a helping hand to those fleeing persecution and death today.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for Elizabeth, our Queen, and all leaders in all nations. We pray for the new government of this country, for those in power in Westminster; and also those who have a place more locally in politics and decision-making. We pray for religious leaders throughout the world, and Charlie, Sam, and Jane. May all leaders be guided by love and compassion, and know Christ’s love for all mankind.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who suffer, remembering especially today those who suffer because of war. We pray for those who have died in war, fighting for our freedoms. We pray for those who carry the injuries of war, mental or physical, and for those who care for them. We give thanks and pray for all who died in the two World Wars, who willingly made the sacrifice for the world we enjoy today.
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who have been lost to us through death. We remember them and pray for them. We know God’s love encompasses all people, living and dead. We hope and pray we may one day be reunited with our loved ones. We remember and pray for any known to us in a moment of silence…
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

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 …
Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

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. Amen.
Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us say the Lord’s Prayer together. 

The Lord’s Prayer…..