Category Archives: Prayers

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.

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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)

Prayers of intercession Hever 22 October

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.  

Lord in your mercy

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, their dreams.

Lord in your mercy

We pray for this troubled world, for those feeling low, stressed and depressed, for those who are experiencing mental health problems. We pray for them and all in care jobs who support them, may they manage to connect with you and find a way in their dark days.

Lord in your mercy

We pray for her Majesty the Queen, her family and their continuous support for charities to help change lives and inspiring others to do the same.

Lord in your mercy

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

We pray for our children and our children’s children, for their health, happiness and learning.

Prayers of Intercession MB 15 October

Heavenly Father, we come together in this peaceful place to feel your presence within us, hear these words of comfort and joy and to give thanks for all that we are blessed with in our lives.  We thank you Lord for the beauty of this place and the seasons that we are so lucky to enjoy .  We thank you for the soil that grows our crops, the grass that feeds our animals and the trees that feed the air.  Help us to hold the principles of good ecological management in our hearts, Lord, in caring for this land for future generations. 

Lord in your mercy; hear our prayer

Dear Lord, we give thanks for our friends, family and community in Markbeech, Hever and Four Elms and for the pleasure of our Harvest festivities.  We give thanks for the committed and spiritual leadership of Wendy.  Lord, Guide us to be more sensitive to the needs of our neighbours and in our dealings with each other, teach us to listen, and teach us to forgive.  Teach us to understand, and teach us to love. 

Lord in your mercy; hear our prayer

Heavenly father, we give thanks for Jill’s recovery from her operation and we pray that her faith in you, Lord, continues to be strong and carries her through the treatment that is now to follow.  We pray too for Len that his leg may be healed and that he may be made strong again to enjoy his remaining years in full health.  We pray for all others suffering poor health, please call out the names of those close to you so that we can take a moment to pray for them as well: …

We pray too, for ourselves and remember the comforting words of Paul:  ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Dear Lord, we pray for a troubled world and for all those less fortunate than ourselves.  Today, let us pray especially for refugees and those seeking a better way of life.  We give thanks for the recent rescue of over 600 people from Africa and for the 150,000 migrants that are being cared for by non-profit aid groups in Italy and Greece.  We pray Lord for their safety and for our compassion in their plight.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Heavenly father, we remember all those that we have loved who are now in your tender care.  Help us to keep the good memories of our time together sweet, and to allow sour memories to be buried.

Merciful Father …

Nicola Talbot

Church warden at Holy Trinity Markbeech

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

Prayers of intercession 17th September

We come before You dear God to thank you for being with us in all that we do, for loving us unconditionally as the good parent that You are. Forgive us for not making enough time for you in our lives, for coming to you asking for help and giving little in exchange. Thank you for the opportunities you give us to help others repaying You for the goodness you show us.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Father of all creation, we thank you for all the writers, painters, musicians and artists 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, rissing above their differences.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

In a time of international turmoil and evil deeds in our own country, we pray for political and economic stability. We pray for strong leaders, guided by good intentions and willing to develop and preserve this world for the future of our children.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We pray for all those who lost their homes due to natural disasters, give them the strength to rebuild them, the faith that the sun will shine again. We pray that you give them the inspiration to adapt and help them find solutions to be safe next time the nature is violent. Arise in us love for nature, help us study it, learn from it and be kind to it, so that nature is kind to us.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We also ask for your blessing for friends and neighbours and we pray for people in our community.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Lord give us courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones. And when we have finished our daily tasks, let us go to sleep in peace, knowing that God is awake and looks over us.

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

Ana Maria Roxburgh