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Intercessions

Intercessions 18-12-12

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Let us pray for those who seek the good things in life …
Lord, we pray for those who work long hours to provide for themselves and their families
for those who have a lovely house and a good standard of living but yet are still dissatisfied…
Bread of life we pray for those who are materially rich yet spiritually poor
We ask that our need for you and for one another should not be forgotten in our pursuit of the things we want

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

Lord, we lift to you those who find life dull and grey
for those for whom one day is pretty much like another
We lift to you those who turn to drink and drugs for colour and excitement…
Bread of life we pray for those trying to escape from the emptiness and pain of existence
we ask that we may find meaning, challenge and joy in our love for you and for one another

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

Lord, we pray for those who would like to know the peace joy and love that only you can give
we pray for those for whom life gets in the way – for those who are too busy to spend time with you…
Bread of life we pray for those who long for faith but are afraid to commit themselves to you
We ask that our lives may be driven by a deep hunger for you and that we may feed on you in our hearts by faith both now and forever
Bread of life, we thank you that not even death can separate us from your love. We pray for all who mourn, that they may feel your sustaining care for them…

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

Lord we pray for ourselves, for all that we will do this week, and for all those we will meet.
Lord we give this week into your hands. Be with us in all that we will do, challenge us and may we know and experience you truly as the bread of life

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

(Adapted from 'Intercessions' by Christine Odell)

Intercessions 25-05-12

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This week’s prayer reflects the theme from reading Philippians 4: 9, as I ask you to contemplate how others have put into practice what they have learnt, received, or heard from our Almighty God.

Almighty God help us put into practice what we have learnt from you; may we show love and understanding to one another as we focus on our relationship with you and your people. Let us be grateful for all you have provided us so we find contentment in our faith. Help us to hear your word so we may praise you and reveal your glory to others. And help us give thanks for your gift of Jesus’ who showed us how we should be.
Almighty God we pray for those who have heard your word and have put it into practice, such as The Street Pastors who offer a focal point to young and disenchanted youth by providing a caring and listening environment, as well as providing practical help.
Let us have a moment of silence as we pray for our visitor and other members of his team today.

Lord in your mercy 'hear our prayer'

Let us pray for those who have received from you and used their gifts be it monetary, status or influence to help others; like Bill and Melanie Gates, along with their friend Warren Buffet who have used their vast wealth to create the Gates Foundation for projects 'which will increase opportunities for people in developing countries to overcome hunger and poverty'.
Let us pray for our Queen who has served as our sovereign for 60 years as she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year. Her inspirational work ethic should provide an example to us all as she continues to do her duty to God and country.
Let us have a moment of silence as we consider those mentioned and anyone who you feel have used their gifts wisely.

Lord in your mercy 'hear our prayer'

Almighty God let us pray for those who have learnt from you and have used their time in a voluntary capacity to help others. This week is Christian Aid week, let us pray for those who have spent their time fundraising to help this organisation bring practical help to those in need, like the people in Sierra Leone who have been given seeds & simple farming tools to help them fed themselves.
Let us also think for a moment of those that help closer to home; for example within our church there are the PCC members, the flower arrangers and coffee makers and those involved with fundraising for the church; so let us have a moment of silence for those who have learnt something from you.

Lord in your mercy 'hear our prayer'

Almighty God; Jesus came to us and showed us what is pure; he was without sin. Let us consider how we can give thanks to the ultimate sacrifice as Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins.
Let us prayer for guidance in our journey towards God as we consider the commandment studied this week in bible home group.

Almighty God help us not to covet the belongings of others; let us remember that loving you is more important as we give thanks for what we have heard from you, received from you and learnt from you.
God in your mercy hear these prayers and grant us peace.

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

Written by Intercessor Jan Taylor

Intercessions 13-05-11

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Jesus’ command is: ‘Love each other as I have loved you’ John 15: 12.

Our prayer today will reflect this theme as I ask you to contemplate the works of groups and individuals who have shown their love by helping others.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father help us obey your commands and remain in your love; to live by the fruits of the Spirit and to listen to you with all our hearts and with all our souls.
Almighty God give support to the International Justice Mission human rights agency as they show their love for others by proving justice for the poor is possible as they confront and prosecute the abusers of those subjected to slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.
Let us contemplate this statement and ask God for his help: ‘Violence against the poor is not driven by the overwhelming power of the perpetrators – it is driven by the vulnerability of the victims.’

Lord, let us hear your command: ‘to love each other as you love us’

Almighty God, give support to The Elders, the independent global leaders, who show their love for others, as they join together in their common commitment for peace and universal human rights. By opening dialogue channels these states men and women offer hope for those who suffer poverty due to child marriage as equality of women is discussed more positively. They also encourage leaders of warring nations back to the negotiating table.
Let us contemplate this statement and ask God for his help: ‘Peace depends not on what we are taught from the outside, but from what we know on the inside. Everyone is born with an innate sense to be at peace. We can return to that.’

Lord, let us hear your command: ‘to love each other as you love us’

Almighty God, give support to the Street Pastors who show their love as they roll up their sleeves and get involved with young people who feel excluded and marginalised by engaging with them on the streets, in the pubs, and clubs. Building trust by listening and caring the Street Pastors also offer practical help from blankets to flip-flops as they rescue youngsters from their drunken predicaments.
Let us contemplate this statement and ask God for his help: ‘Servitude is about just doing what the Lord has called us to do.’

Lord, let us hear your command: ‘to love each other as you love us’

Almighty God, give support to those who show their love to you with their involvement with their church and community, as they learn to energise their faith and listen to you.
Finally, let us contemplate these words from Jesus and ask God for his help: ‘I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last’

Lord, let us hear your command: ‘to love each other as you love us’
Amen

Written by Intercessor Jan Taylor

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