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Intercessions

Intercessions - 27-01-2013

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Father, we thank you this morning for those who have helped us in our journey with you, for those who have helped us to understand more about the Christian faith.

  • We thank you for those people who have helped us to know your love.
  • Where there have been people in our lives who have taken the risk to share their own faith with us, through what they have done or through what they have said, we thank you Father.
  • For the people we know or have known whose living faith has touched our lives, we thank you now in the silence of our hearts.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Father, we know that the Church can only thrive for one generation unless people go on doing what was done for us - sharing their faith in action and explanation.

  • We pray for our Church and for the other Church communities in Willingham, that together we will seek to make the Gospel relevant and attractive.
  • We ask that you will help us to live holy lives that draw others to Christ.
  • We pray that we will recognise the opportunities for sharing the Gospel in our community and that we will learn to follow where the Holy Spirit leads.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Father, we recognise our own reluctance in sharing our faith:  the fear of embarrassment, of seeming to be manipulative, of losing the trust of friends. Give us instead, hearts full of love, and lives centred on Jesus, so that our words and actions are consistently Christian. So, we pray, that we may find ourselves naturally talking of Christian things, or of talking of other things in a Christian way.

  • Help us in the way we respond to stories in the news.
  • In the way we handle issues in the workplace.
  • In the way we defend the weak.
  • In the way we care for the wounded.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Father, we pray that this week we shall not be ashamed of following you and of being known as a Christian.

  • That we shall not disown you or your standards.
  • That we shall not ignore the honest question.
We pray that this week we shall be glad to know you as Lord:
  • That we shall relax in the knowledge that you are our Heavenly Father.
  • That we shall speak for you and act for you with courtesy and integrity.

Give us we pray the dignity that was in Christ Jesus as he spoke of his Father’s love.

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer

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

Written by Intercessor Mark Osborne

Intercessions 30-12-12

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Heavenly Father, help us to follow in Jesus’ footsteps as we find our way along our journey.

Mary & Joseph were afraid when they thought they had lost Jesus in Jerusalem. Help us not to be afraid when we cannot find you Lord, give us confidence to know you are there, so we can be clothed in love, compassion, humility, kindness, meekness and patience, even as things go wrong.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

We pray for all those who have been affected by the winter sickness bug, including Linda who cannot be with us today. We ask that Linda and others like her will know of your love.
We pray for the families of those who died & were badly hurt in the Russian plane crash and families who have lost loved ones over this Christmas period from car accidents.

Heavenly Father you have given us the gift of technology to help us in our everyday lives; we must never take these gifts for granted, but use them wisely.

Let us pray silently for people who have lost loved ones or for those who are ill.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

We pray for the family of church organist Alan Greaves who died after being attacked on his way to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
We pray for those who are now demonstrating in Delhi in the aftermath of the brutal murder of a 23 year old medical student as Indian faces an outpouring of rage for this young woman’s untimely death.

Heavenly Father guide all leaders & politicians with compassion as solutions are sought for the injustices of violence, so other families do not lose another child in similar circumstances.

Let us pray silently for the wisdom of kindness & how it helps others.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

We pray for those who have been acknowledged in the New Years Honours list and let them know humility in acceptance.

Heavenly Father we thank you for your gifts which enable us to build our relationship with you; our ability to worship, to pray and to listen to your word.
Let us pray in silence for those people who have not been so fortunate to find you Lord Jesus Christ.

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

Written by Intercessor Jan Taylor

Intercessions 2-12-12

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Lord, as we look at our own church and strive to make it grow, we thank you for all the good things that are happening. For the Bishop’s visit this week for Linda’s ministry and for the work done by members of the congregation. We thank you Lord for the pleasure of having friends around us and for the opportunities to plan and pray together and for those who give of their time and talents to improve the beauty of our surroundings.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Lord we are thankful for the peace and prosperity we enjoy in this village and also in this country. We are mindful that many others do not have the same fortune. We remember in particular those in areas suffering war, terrorism or military conflict including those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria. We ask that those with the power to influence events in these areas use that power wisely and we seek your help in guiding the resolution of these issues and the comfort of the injured and the injured families. May we and the rest of the world one day put conflict behind us and remember the words of Paul:
To be completely humble and gentle, to be patient and bearing with one another in love and to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Lord as we look back on yet another week of turmoil between our press and politicians, we thank you for our good fortune in living in a country that is largely democratic and free and we pray that it may remain so. We are conscious that there are many parts of the world that do not enjoy the same standards of governance and some where corruption and tyranny are the norm with no checks and balances. We know that power can corrupt and that absolute power can corrupt absolutely. Help us Lord in our daily lives to remember that whatever small powers we have invested in us at our work or in our homes is a gift to be used wisely and that we are simply stewards entrusted to manage your resources.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Lord we have heard much recently of the economic problems of some southern European countries and indeed of similar self induced problems in our own country. Let us remember Lord that the problems stem largely from greed and self interest and pale into insignificance next to the hardships borne by a third of the world that does not today have enough to eat. Give your comfort to those that go to bed hungry tonight and help those of us that do not to be generous in helping others. 

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Lord we ask for your blessing for those who are sick, in pain or mental anguish and ask that they find comfort through you. We pause for a few moments to remember those that are close to us…………..

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Finally Lord may we seek your help not to be judgemental or critical of others but show tolerance and kindness by our words and our deeds. Give grace to us Lord and to our families, friends and neighbours that we may serve Christ in one another and love as he loves us.

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

Written by Intercessor Phil King

Intercessions 4-11-12

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Heavenly Father
We come to you with all our hearts and with all our souls, with all our minds and with all our strength to Love you first and Love our neighbour as ourselves.

We pray for those affected by Super-storm Sandy this week: friends and relatives who have lost loved ones; people whose homes have been damaged by storm surges and floods; the rescue services and volunteers who have worked day & night to help others; families and businesses who have been without power for many days and to those who have donated monies to help with the relief programme.

Let us pray in silence with all our hearts for sensitivity in the rebuilding of these people’s lives.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Heavenly Father let us share regularly the bread and wine that Jesus shared with his disciples as we give thanks for the sacrifice he gave to forgive our sins. Let us remember all those people who have little food to nourish themselves as we consider the challenges that China will face as a new generation of leaders take power this week as they try to combat the growing divide between the urban rich and the rural poor.

Let us pray in silence with all our souls for relief for those who suffer great poverty and who are unable to buy food for survival let alone for sharing.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Lord we put our trust in you as we pray for the children of the world. Let there be justice, fairness and equality to help educate the next generation in your Word. Let them know your love as we ask for peace in places of strife; countries such as Afghanistan, communities like Northern Ireland as we learn of the continuing battle to destroy the peace process with the death of prison officer David Black, who leaves behind a widow and two children.

Let us pray in silence with all our minds that faith can unite, not separate, as we build new relationships with love.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Finally, help us remember those people who are persecuted for believing in you; such as 9 year old John from Nairobi who was killed earlier this year in a grenade attack on his Sunday school or the those people killed in a suicide bombing during a Mass in Northern Nigeria last week, as we give thanks that we can still openly pray and worship our Lord Jesus Christ in fellowship.

Let us pray in silence with all our strength that God will give us the courage to face persecution in order to transform his church.

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

Written by Intercessor Jan Taylor

Intercession 14-10-12

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Our relationship with God allows us entry to the Kingdom of Heaven. Today we ask for help with the broken relationships of man so they will know God’s love.

Heavenly Father we bring before you our willingness to listen to you and be energised by our faith. Through your word we ask for guidance in our relationships as we endeavour to love our neighbour with patience & understanding.

We bring before God countries whose citizens are at war, where the relationships have disintegrated so badly that terrible atrocities have been inflicted on each other.
In silence we pray for the victims & their families of suicide bombers; one of which killed at least 15 people in Darra Adam Khel in north-west Pakistan this week.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Good relationships at work should be where employees get a fair wage for a fair days work from their employers.
We bring before God the broken relationships where the desire for prosperity have left many people unemployed in the UK as employers relocate to find cheaper work bases.
Let us also consider people in forced labour, such as those working in brick kilns & salt mines in South Asia, as their oppressors do not seek God’s grace by loving their neighbour, only their own power.
In silence we pray for these people who have been made unemployed or who are in oppressive work environments.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Today we consider the families of Spain & Greece who struggle to maintain their social and family relationships and provide for their children. Let us pray for God’s presence to be with the children & their parents as they face the social consequences of government and financial mismanagement.
In a moment of silence we hold the children of the world before God as we ask for relief from the poverty which many suffer.

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

Finally as part of the fellowship of this church, we consider our own relationships; we are here because we want to build on our relationship with God and each other.
In silence we seek God’s guidance to help us value and respect members of our congregation who love and honour your word.

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

Written by Intercessor Jan Taylor

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