Prayers of Intercession MB 17th September

Let us pray to our God and thank him for bringing us to worship in his church today.

Heavenly father, we pray for all who are called to work as leaders in your Church. We pray for greater recognition of your presence in our Christian communities, and the removal of all that obscures our vision of you.

We thank you for the leadership and teaching that Wendy provides for us and for the support given to her by our Church wardens, Nikki and Marie-Lou. Father, we pray that you will give them your guidance and support, as they go about their daily work.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for the people of the United States of America and the Caribbean devastated by hurricanes. We pray for all who have lost their homes and livelihoods. We pray especially for the children, the poor, and for the sick and frail, who have been so badly hit by this disaster. And, we pray for all who have died – may they rest in peace.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord God, we pray that many may be empowered to recognise evil and fight against it. We pray that you will be there to guide our world leaders, as they struggle to find a peaceful answer, to the threat posed to civilisation by North Korea.

We pray for all affected by war and tyranny in the world and, in particular, for all who are driven from their homes to seek safety. We pray for the Muslim refugees fleeing to Bangladesh from the oppression in Myanmar.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, we bring you thanks and praise for the beauty of your creation and we pray that you will open our eyes to see all the beauty around us. As the season changes and summer gives way to autumn, help us to appreciate your greatness in giving us the different seasons, each fulfilling our various needs.

Help us to safeguard your world, so that our children and future generations will benefit from the natural beauty which you have created.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, we pray for our community, our friends and neighbours, and the members of our families. Grant that we shall truly love one another; teach us to hear different opinions and to respect those with whom we disagree.

Bless the children in our families and throughout the world. May they grow up secure in your teaching and learn to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Help their parents and those close to them, to provide the love and stability, which is so important in their formative years.

We pray for the children and teachers returning to school after the summer holidays. May the new term see old friendships renewed and new ones formed. Lord, be with them as they discover more about themselves and more about each other. Grant them patience, wisdom and courage to face the challenges that lie ahead.

We pray for those who are recently married, especially Richard and Lottie, who were married in this church yesterday. Lord, grant them a long and happy life together and strengthen them to grow in love and understanding day by day.

Lord in your mercy, hear or prayer.

Let us pray for those who are sick or in need of God’s help at this time.

We pray for the sick both at home and in hospital or hospice, and for those awaiting consultations and treatment, especially our dear friend Jill Linden.

We pray for all who minister to their needs, both from within the family and from the medical staff and voluntary services. Let their care follow the example shown by Jesus, who responded to the needs of all who were sick or in need of help.

We pray for those who have died and for those whose hearts have been saddened by the death of someone close to them. Give to them comfort, sure in the knowledge that they will meet again face to face in heaven.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

The Gospel is the good news that God is restoring our broken lives through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Father, we thank you for your love and involvement in our lives. Just as Jesus gave his life for us, help us to give our lives back to you. Fill us with your love and help us to follow you.

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

Nick Irens, Holy Trinity, Markbeech

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