INTERCESSIONS – CHRISTMAS DAY 2017

As we celebrate Christmas when the Word of God became flesh, we pray for the Church, the Body of Christ. We pray for Bishop James and for the ministry of Wendy. We pray for all who help her carry out her daily work, encouraging us to follow you more nearly and love you more dearly. May we be so filled with God’s loving life, that our actions touch the world with hope, which lasts when even the Christmas decorations are put away for another year.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Ever living God, on this Christmas morning we remember that your dear son was born into a dangerous and troubled world. We hold in prayer before you those regions of the world, where diversity of opinion or politics forms an hinderance to peaceful co-existence and where borders and barriers seek to hide injustice, terror and torture. Jesus, just as you were brought gifts by the wise men, help our leaders to use wisely those gifts of forgiveness and reconciliation, which you have given us for the good of all nations. We pray for peace in the Holy Land and for all who now live in the city of Bethlehem.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

We give thanks to you God that in Jesus’ early childhood you entrusted him to the care of a human family. In Mary and Joseph, you gave us an example of love and devotion to him, and the importance of family life. We are grateful for those members of our family who will gather round the table for Christmas lunch, and remember those who cannot be with us at this time. We ask you to bless us and the food you provide.

In our gratitude, we remember your humble birth and pray for those without enough to eat. We remember the stable in which you were born and pray for those who have no place to live. We remember your challenging message of caring and giving and pray for the lonely and those who are close to despair.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Dear God, Jesus your Son, said ‘Suffer the little Children to come unto me and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom of heaven’; the children here today want to thank you for all you have done for them. They thank you for their wonderful parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents, and the rest of their families. Thank you for their pets, their friends and teachers at school, and for this wonderous Christmas day. Thank you for the presents under the tree and the delicious food their mothers have provided. Above all, they thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to save us all.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Jesus, as Mary cradled you gently in her arms, we pray for all women giving birth today, for all new born babies and for all expectant mothers.

We pray for those who are sick or in need of your help at this time and for all who minister to their needs. In particular, we are thankful and pray for those who will work this Christmas day in the service of others.

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

 

Thank you Lord for sending us the gift of your Son, so that we may have a very merry Christmas. We thank you for the star that guided the little donkey carrying Mary safely to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. May we who worship here, know the presence of Jesus in our lives this day and every day.

Happy birthday, Jesus!

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

 

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