Intercessions Nick Irens 11 February

Heavenly Father, as we come before you, we give thanks for those whose influence has led us to worship here this morning. We pray for our Church; for all congregations, for our bishops, priests and deacons, and all who are called to the different ministries in the Church. We pray for Wendy and thank you for the leadership and teaching that she provides us.

Today, we welcome our new Archdeacon, Julie, and we pray, Lord, for your presence and guidance, as she goes about her daily work and inspires us to follow in the Christian way. We pray for her help and support, as we seek to secure the future of our Benefice, to best serve the needs of our community and the Church.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving Father, we pray for peace in the World, for statesmen and rulers, that they may have wisdom to know and courage to do what is right. For all who work to improve international relationships, that they may find the true way to reconcile people of different race, colour and creed. And for men, women and children the world over, that they may have justice and freedom and live in security and peace.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Dear Lord, we pray for our places of work, our colleagues, friends and neighbours, and members of our families. We confess our own failings and lack of compassion and understanding. We ask you to give us a spirit of love and forgiveness, that sees the good in each other, that bears no grudges and forgives all grievances. May we learn to forgive, even as you have forgiven us, that we may live in peace and unity together.

Bless the children in our families, our communities and throughout the world. May they grow up secure in your love and teaching, and learn from the mistakes and injustice that has gone before.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, we pray that you are able to provide solace and inspiration to those who feel detached from you at this moment. Those who feel that you may not be present in their daily lives, or find it difficult to turn their thoughts towards you. We pray that they are able once again to experience your comfort and realise that you had never left them, but were always there waiting.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of hope and giver of all comfort, we commend to your healing all who are in pain, or ill at home, or in hospital. We pray for those about to undergo surgery and for all who depend on others for life and comfort. May they be reassured by the strength of your presence. In a moment of quiet, we recall all whom we know are in need of our prayers…….

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Loving Father, surround all who mourn this day with your continuing compassion. May their grief not turn them against you and may they know, that you are always beside them sharing their sorrow. We pray for all those who have given their lives in the service of our country and are thankful for the sacrifice they made for us. And, for all who have died, we thank you for your promise of eternal life and peace, sure in the knowledge that they will know the joy of living in your presence forever.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We thank you Father for the fresh joys and challenges that each new day brings, and for the love and encouragement your Spirit gives us. Grant that your love may so fill our lives, that we may count nothing too small to do for you, nothing too much to give and nothing too hard to bear.

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

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