Category Archives: Prayers

Intercessions 29 April Ana Roxburgh

Dear Lord, we thank you for bringing us into your home today, to this dear place to us, a place of peace and tranquillity to worship, to give thanks for all the goodness in our lives, to pray for things that trouble us and to pray for us and our loved ones.   We pray for Wendy and thank you for the leadership and teaching that she provides to us.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We seek your blessing for our Queen and all the Royal family, and give thanks for their long and devoted service to our country and the Commonwealth. We are welcoming the newest member of the Royal family, the Queen’s sixth great grandchild and wish him all the best in his journey of becoming part of the Royal family. May Charles lead the Commonwealth with the calm and wisdom of his mother, when his time comes.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray that you will help your children less fortunate than ourselves, the suffering, the disadvantaged, the ones hit by natural disasters, injustice and discrimination. Please make your presence felt, bring them comfort and hope, give them strength and will power to restore their lives, their homes, and their dreams.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Father of all creation, we pray for all those undertaking challenges. Whether they are learning to walk again, struggle to breath or challenge themselves for the benefit of others. Support our meaningful work to improve our lives and of those who surround us. Help us see beauty in our daily lives, in the simple things, the sunshine, flowers growing, bells ringing and appreciate the joys being able to use all our senses.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

God of hope, we are deeply moved by the death of little Alfie. Today we pray especially for his parents, as you God receive him in your tender embrace. We also pray for all the sick and their families, may they receive the treatment that they need, may they find your comforting arms and Your healing.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We pray for our parents, for the people that have shaped us to be, for all their love and happy memories we had together with them. We thank you for having them in our lives, but most of all we thank You God, Heavenly Father for coming into our lives and for holding our hand whenever we needed you.

 Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, 

Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Intercessions Nick Irens 22 April 2018

Gracious God, whose Spirit helps us in our weakness and guides us in our prayers, we pray for the Church and for the world in the name of Jesus Christ.

Renew the life and faith of the Church; strengthen our witness and make us one in Christ.

Grant that we and all who confess that Christ is Lord, may be faithful in your service and be so filled with the Spirit, that the world may be turned to you.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Living God, guide the nations in the ways of justice, liberty and peace, and help them to seek the unity and welfare of all people.

Give all in authority wisdom to know and the strength to do what is right.

We pray not only for the victims, but the perpetrators of evil and violence in our world. We pray for a change of heart and attitude, an awakening to a better way of living.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Loving Father, comfort those in sorrow; heal the sick in body or in mind and deliver the oppressed.

We pray for those whose lives feel empty or cheated, or filled with pain, or worry, or guilt. For all those whose hopes and dreams are in tatters and for all who are in any kind of tribulation or distress.

Grant us compassion for all who suffer and help us to carry one another’s burdens, that we may fulfil the teaching of Christ.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Jesus said suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for therein lies the kingdom of heaven. Lord, we pray for all women and especially for our friend, Lucy, who will soon experience the miracle of giving birth.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 Heavenly Father, we pray for those whose lives have been saddened by the death of someone close to them, for members of our families who have died and those we have known and loved.

Yesterday, we gathered here to celebrate the life of Rebecca Linden. We pray, Lord, that you will look after her in your home and, when you deem the time right, re-unite her with her family and bring them happiness together again.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gracious God, receive our thanks and praise for all who have served you faithfully here on earth, and especially those who have revealed to us your grace in Christ.

May we and all your people share the life and joy of your kingdom, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

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

Intercessions Ana Roxburgh 18 February

Dear Lord, as Lent starts we confess our weaknesses and mistakes and we ask for your patience and support to learn from our mistakes and become better people. May our small sacrifice of giving up a daily comfort to help us prepare for receiving your son, our saviour Jesus Christ into our hearts at the time of Easter.

Lord in your mercy

Heavenly Father, bless our children, that may they grow up secure, healthy, loved and happy, that they may grow up into confident, good people, willing to learn and to make the world a better and fairer place for people of any colour and religion. And that we may succeed to inspire our children to live in peace and respect of each other.

We pray that children everywhere will not have access to guns and that they won’t use them or suffer because the use of them. And we pray for the families whose children have been killed by guns, may their suffering be healed and may they find peace. We also pray for the children and the families of the troubled children who have used guns and took innocent lives.

We pray for the children feeling low, stressed, depressed, for those who are experiencing mental health problems and their families. May they find the help they need to come through their difficulties, may they not be pushed into drugs or self harm, may they be saved.

Lord in your mercy

We pray for Elisabeth our Queen, for her family and her reign, for world leaders and the future of humanity.

Lord in your mercy

We pray for the sick people in our community and those recently departed.

Lord in your mercy

God of all creation, we pray for the reduction of waste in the world, for adopting more of a reuse, reduce, repair, recycle, recover attitude to the products we use. We pray for removal of plastic, especially from any food products and for finding alternative materials that are not dangerous for the environment.

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

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

Intercessions Elly Heard 28 January 2018

St Paul’s Four Elms

Conversion of St Pauls

Yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day. Today the conversion of St Paul – So we see the persecution of the Jews and the persecution of Christians.

We know that we are all capable of evil so look upon us oh Lord, and let all the darkness of our souls, the prejudices of our minds, and the coldness of our hearts vanish before the beams of Thy brightness.

Today we give thanks for Thy holy apostle St Paul, through whom the transforming power of God in Christ was shown to all the world. We thank God for his faith, his example and his teaching which has been an inspiration to Christians down the ages.
So we pray for the Church of Christ throughout the world. We pray for unity despite our differences and make us all in willing devotion to Thee. Bless our Archbishops, Bishops and clergy in their various callings and strengthen them in their ministry. Bless we pray this benefice and Wendy that are churches may be a witness to thy truth.

Lord in your mercy
Pour Thy blessing, oh Lord we pray on Elisabeth our Queen as she fulfils her calling as a Christian ruler. Support her in her ceaseless course of duty and bless her home and family. We pray for this nation at a time of uncertainty and we pray that the media will act responsibly, remembering that many people are anxious about the future.

We pray for all world leaders and all in positions of great influence. Our great desire is for peace and justice and an end to the conflict that the pursuit of power brings.

Lord in your mercy
So we pray for all those parts of the world scared by war and man’s inhumanity, for those afflicted by famine and natural disasters. May we, in our comfort and plenty never forget the needs of others, but give generously for the sake of Him who gave his life for the whole world.

Lord in your mercy
We bring before God all those who are sick, lonely or depressed, those who mourn and those whom life is a burden. Draw near to these Thy children that their love may summoned them, theine arms bear them up and Thy Holy spirit fill them with comfort and peace.

Lord in your mercy
We commend into Thy care those who have died. We give thanks for the saints of every age and those who we have known and loved. May the gospel of Thy Son and the whisper of Thy spirit unite to make our faith in the life to come strong and clear until they lead us home to Thine eternal kingdom of peace and joy.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of Thy Son, our saviour, Jesus Christ.

Intercessions 14 January Ana Roxburgh

Father of new beginnings, bless this year and give us opportunities to make it a good one. Support our pledges to do meaningful work and to improve our lives and of those who surround us. Help us to let go of things that we cannot change, to tackle issues with more patience and to make the most of what we have.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Merciful Father, bless our reverend Wendy, our spiritual and political leaders, locally and nationally, and give them wisdom to guide us through the year.

On Thursday 18th January the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts and we pray that people live in peace with each other no matter what their religion. We pray that all the Christians will put their differences behind them and unite by your great love and lessons of friendship through your son, our saviour Jesus Christ.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Dear God, we pray for all the people in our community who give their time and knowledge to make our parish a better place. We pray for those who raise money, who organise events, who do volunteer work

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We pray for all who are to be married and baptised in our parish. We pray for our loved ones who we have recently lost, that they have met you and that they have found peace in your presence. Please grant us as well to find peace of mind and that we may hold on to our good memories with them, until we’ll meet them again.

We pray for the sick in our parish Julia McKillop, Huw Roberts, Jill, Len, Rebecca and Matthew Linden, Kevin Agate and for any other known to us.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Father of all creation, we pray for all talented people and we thank you for writers, painters, musicians, artists, scientists and researchers that have enriched our lives, given us moments of happiness, and  inspired  us through the gifts that You have given them. Make their work as well as ours be put to good use, to bring friendship among people and those people bring unity across nations.

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

Intercessions 14 January Nicki Talbot

Almighty God,  We have come together today to praise and give thanks; to sing hymns and psalms and to pray for our gratefulness, as well as for our needs and hopes.  We ask you to help us quieten our minds for a short while to feel your presence with us here in this peaceful place.  This church was built for our small community to meet and worship.  We are the inheritors of this place and we pray for guidance about the future of our church.  Help us to have open minds, to remain non judgemental and alert to new transforming possibilities.

Lord in your mercy

Open our eyes, Lord, to the loveliness and beauty of this world which you have created.  Teach us to revere the bounty of the earth, the sky and the sea, that we may never use anything you have given us for wrong purposes. We ask you to help allow ourselves time to sit and stare; to enjoy the first stirrings of spring; the perfection of a tiny baby’s hand; a game with children or a walk with the dog and in so doing to feel your presence within us.

Lord in your mercy

Loving Father, pour out your Holy Spirit on all those whose lives are drawing to a close.  We pray particularly for Rebecca Linden that she may feel your loving hand and keep her from pain and suffering at the end of her earthly life.  We pray too for her parents, Jill and Len in their sadness.  Help us as a community, Lord, to endeavour to find the right words and offer the right help to make a difference.  Let us take a moment to pray for the Lindens and to bring any others close to us who are in need to mind …

Lord in your mercy

Dear Lord, we give thanks for all people who devote their lives to the care of others.  We give thanks for young people training to become doctors and nurses; for our GPs struggling to give their patients the time they need and for our hospital doctors coping with an impossible work load.  We pray Lord for guidance for the future of our Health Service.

Lord in your mercy

Holy Spirit of God, plant in us your self-giving, transforming love.  We thank you for the love you show us; for Wendy who ministers to us so faithfully,  and for the family, friends and strangers you lend us to love as we walk through life.  We bring to mind those we love but see no longer.  Grant us a real and spiritual sense of continuing unity being bound together in the love of Christ.  Deepen and increase in us that love and touch our hearts with gratitude for all the blessings you shower upon us. 

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

 

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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Intercessions 19 Nov Andrew Russell

The Church

Oh God, We pray for the Christian Church throughout the world, as it seeks to support all those who believe in the divinity of Christ and his message.

Locally we thank you, God, for your influence in building up our Christian communities over the last thousand years or more.

We thank you for this rich heritage and for all those who have sought to propagate your message now and in the past.

We pay tribute and give thanks for Wendy’s ministry and for all those who hold office in our three parishes.    Give them strength in their mission to care for and preach the Gospel to young and old alike.

Lord in your mercy…..hear our prayer

The Queen and those in leadership roles

We seek your blessing, Oh Lord, on the Queen and all the Royal family, and give thanks for their long and devoted service to our country and the Commonwealth.

We give thanks for all those who serve the Country in the armed forces and remember with gratitude all those who have laid down their lives in the past for the peace and security we all enjoy today.

May your values support and inform those entrusted to the Government of our Country at this difficult time.

Lord in your mercy…..hear our prayer

The Local Community

We thank, Oh God, you for all who hold a leadership role in our local community….for the Headmistress and staff at our local Church of England Primary School, …..for those who lead the Parish Council and Residents Association,…. and all those who give of their time and energy to support the old and frail in our community.

We pray especially for the sick in our midst, remembering  those on our prayer sheet and  those You hold in your own prayers.   And we seek your support for all those in the caring professions…. who administer to them….the Doctors and Nursing Staff and those in the allied professions.   Give them compassion and understanding in their work. ….We pray especially for wisdom in those who are charged with the care and development of the Health Service at a time of rising need and financial constraint.

We thank you, Oh God, for all the blessings we enjoy in our lives here,  for the beauty and tranquillity of our surroundings, for the love and companionship of our friends, for our warm homes, good food, and the richness of much modern culture.  We pray You would  Protect our young people from the dangers of some of the modern media.

Lord in your mercy…..hear our prayer

 Those who have died recently and all those who mourn.

Oh God, we thank you for the lives of our friends and family who we see no more,  and thank you for the love and care they gave us in our lifetime.   May their example be an inspiration in our lives as we all strive for a more just society both locally and throughout the world.

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

Prayers of Intercession 29 October

Prayers written by Martyrs of the Reformation

For the universal church by Archbishop Land 1573

Gracious Father, we humbly beseech Thee for the universal church. Fill it with all truth; in all truth with peace. Where it is corrupt, purge it; where it is in error direct it; where it is superstitious, rectify it, where anything is amiss, reform it; where it is right, strengthen it and confirm it; where it is in want, furnish it; where it is divided and rent asunder, make up the beseeches thereof oh Thou Holy One of Israel; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour, Amen.

A prayer for the Monarchy also by Archbishop Land (words changed to appropriate gender)

Oh Lord grant the Queen a long life, that her years many be rich with Thy blessing. Furnish her with wise and safe councils and give her a heart of courage and constancy to pursue them. Prepare Thy loving mercy and faithfulness for her that they may preserve her so we will always sing praises unto Thy name, through Jesus Christ. Amen

A prayer for the nations of the world by Bishop Andrews

We pray for the kingdoms of this world, for their stability and peace. For our own nation and kingdom that they may abide in prosperity and happiness and be delivered from all peril and disaster. Amen

A prayer for all who are distressed by Dr Blough 1671

Oh Lord, who dost not willingly afflict the children of men, behold from Thy holy habitation of Heaven the multitude of miserable souls and lives amongst us and have mercy on us. Have mercy on all ignorant souls, and instruct them, on al deluded minds, and enlighten them. Have mercy on all broken hearts, and real them; all struggling with temptation and rescue them; all that all fallen from tree, and raise them; all that stand with Thee and confirm them. Oh blessed Jesus, that didst shed Thy blood for our souls to save them, shed Thy holy spirit on all and heal them; for Thy pity’s sake Amen

We commend into Thine eternal care all who have died and we give Thee thanks for they immeasurable enrichment given to Thy church by the great Christians and Martyrs.

A prayer from the Gothic Missal 1680

Almighty and everlasting God, who dost enkindle the flame of Thy love in the hearts of the saints, grant to our minds the same faith and power of love; that as we rejoice in their triumphs, we may profit by their examples; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (originally attributed to Archbishop Cranmer)