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Intercessions

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Here are a selection of the Intercessions held during the services at St Mary And All Saints.

Intercessions 28-7-13

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Lord, we give thanks for the birth this week of George, Prince of Cambridge, heir to the throne and potential King in years to come. May he grow over the coming years in wisdom, judgement and grace to be able to serve, if called, as graciously as his great grandmother, our present Queen?

May we also remember that, as well as George, two million other children have been born this week? We are grateful that many of them will enjoy good parenting, good teachers and good guidance but we are conscious that many will enter a world that is not so benign. We ask for your comfort for those who today lack food or love or security.

Lord we know that these are your children as much as we are your children. Help those who are unable to help themselves and give us the patience and commitment to help them too.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

The rail crash in Spain reminds us Lord of the narrow path we walk between life and death, how death may come when we least expect it and how important it is that we are ready to meet our end on this earth whenever and however it may occur. Our thoughts and these prayers go to the injured and bereaved.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask for your blessing Lord on this parish, this diocese, this bishopric and our whole church. Our Archbishop has stood firm this week against those that seek to exploit the poor whilst acknowledging the difficult balance we all have to juggle in our daily lives between our needs and the needs of others. This church will shortly embark on a campaign to raise more funds. Help us Lord to so wisely. To be fair, proportionate and ethical in all we do and to find the funds we need, not one penny more or one penny less.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Finally Lord we thank you for our good fortune in living in relative comfort and security and we remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves. We think in particular of those in physical pain, those in mental torment, those in danger, those in war zones helping to protect us, those in distress, those in despair and those in destitution. Bless those that have no shelter or food, those that are living in fear and especially those that can see no end to their torment. We know Lord that there is always hope when we turn to you.

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

Written by Intercessor Phil King

Intercessions 21-7-13

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Heavenly Father, we come to you today to hear you in the sound of sheer silence.

Imagine you are walking with Jesus through an olive grove on the way to visit Mary & Martha. The heat is rising from the sandy path, the dirt catches between your toes, the sweat rolls down your back.

Then, the relief of getting out of the scorching sun when you arrive at their cool house and Martha rushing forward to greet you ready to wash your feet.

You sit at Jesus' feet as he starts to talk.  

Martha is rushing round only managing to catch snippets of his teachings and getting more resentful, whilst Mary is sitting beside you; silent and engaged with every word Jesus says.

So let us put away our distractions and listen to God as we request his guidance and wisdom in creating a stronger sense of community in our church as we ask ourselves:

How can I improve my relationship with others?

Pause

How can I encourage others on their journey of faith?

Pause

What should I do to help someone in need?

Pause

What are MY gifts and how can I use them for the growth of the church?

Pause

Heavenly Father we now take this opportunity to voice our concerns.

God of history, witness of the struggles within families; we pray for the divided families of Syria and Egypt & other war-torn countries, as brother fights against brother, and sister rejects sister.

We pray for those whose love of neighbour has been destroyed in the bitterness of hostility.

May fear be submerged in compassion.

May distrust be diluted by hope, as a vision of peace illuminates darkened minds and hate-filled hearts.

We pray in the name of Christ, our source of light and love.

Heavenly Father we hold up the names of people we know who are sick, bereaved or going through times of trouble, so they will know your outpouring of love upon them.

Pause

Finally, Heavenly Father we know you are an awesome God and we give thanks for the many gifts we are given: a country of peace, a democratic system, a health service, education for all, plentiful food & housing but most importantly the opportunity to worship you freely without fear.

Merciful Father

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

 

Prayers written by intercessor Jan Taylor (the section of the prayer for Syria & Egypt was provided by the Church of England)

Intercessions 26-05-13

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Lord, this has been a week with a lot of news and comment about children. The victims of the tornado in Oklahoma are in the forefront of our minds as also are those that have been the victims of sexual grooming. We are grateful for the millions of children in the world that have good parenting, good teachers and good guidance. We give thanks for all the positive work that is done here in Willingham and at churches all across the world to provide teaching and support for young people. We ask for your help in guiding the minority that suffer from horrific crimes, war and natural disasters to find strength and solace in you, your church and your love.

Lord in your mercy…….

Lord there is much to be thankful for in our world and much about which we have concerns. Let us spend a few moments now thinking about some of those who may be less fortunate than ourselves and pause briefly to reflect on anyone who is close to us or that we know just slightly that is in:

  • Physical pain including all those who are sick or weak
  • Mental torment including all those who face daily challenges
  • Danger including all those who protect us here and overseas
  • Distress including all those who are abused and ill treated
  • Despair including all those who are friendless and unloved
  • Destitution including all those who today have no shelter or food
  • Denial including all those who have not been able to find your comfort

Lord we know that these are your children as much as we are your children. Help those who are unable to help themselves and give us the patience and commitment to help them too.

Lord in your mercy…….

Finally Lord in a week when we have seen the death of a young brave soldier we offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. We recognise that it is easy to condemn this awful and brutal murder and much less easy to forgive. Perhaps we should remember what Jesus himself said on the cross, forgive them father for they know not what they do. Help us Lord to be measured in our response and not to blame the many for the deeds of a few. Give us tolerance and grace so that we may serve Christ in one another and love him 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 5-5-13

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Father,  we ask with shameless audacity for the Holy Spirit to be amongst us, as we come before you to give you praise and request your blessings upon us, so our faces will shine with your love.
Father, provide us with the guidance we need to be faithful disciples of the Lord. Help us understand the purpose you have for each one of us.
Father, let us not be afraid of the silence, allow us to hear your voice, so we can listen to the word of truth.
Let us pause
Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer
Father, we humbly seek your love as you seek ours in the most important relationship we will ever have.
We know we need to give our time to you and to others, as we try to obey your command to love each other as Jesus loved us, but sometimes this can be very hard.
We wish to show our commitment to you by helping others like those people who actively work within the 3 charities which this church supports: Samaritan's Purse, Street Pastors and International Justice Mission; but we find it difficult not to be selfish with our time.
We want to offer you time to worship by ourselves, in small groups or as a corporate body in our churches here in Willingham, but we find time just slips through our fingers.
Father,  help us to publicly show our faith with open hearts, as Lydia did when she received word from Paul.
Let us pause
Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer
Father, we ask with shameless audacity for your help in building the fellowship of St Mary & All Saints as we review the Mission Action Plan again, so we can support each other and accept people for who they are, not for what we would like them to be.
'Grant us the ability to recognise in other men, Lord God, the radiance of your own face'. (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin).
Father, help us not be to judgemental and self-righteous and guide us to the goodness which we all have hidden in our hearts.
Let us pause
Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer
Lord, we have asked for help for ourselves so your grace will be poured over us, but now we ask for the wider community.
Father, we ask for your love and blessings to be poured over the people & businesses of Willingham.
May all those who are suffering with loss, especially the family and friends of those members serving in the Armed Forces who have been killed or seriously maimed, find you and know your healing hand.
Father, we ask with shameless audacity for world leaders and those in a position of influence to be given the wisdom required to 'defend the weak and the fatherless; to uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. To rescue the weak and the needy; and to deliver them from the hand of the wicked' Psalm 82:3-4
Let us pause for a moment whilst we imagine what it will be like when  the Kingdom has been restored as; 'there will be no more night...,for the Lord God will give us light.' Revelation 22:5
Let us pause for a moment whilst we imagine what it will be like when 'there will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will have passed away' Revelation 21:4.
Merciful Father
Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ - Amen

Written by Intercessor Jan Taylor

Intercessions - 24-2-13

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The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. (Psalm 145:14)

Let us pray for the Church and for the World, and let us thank God for his goodness, in the silence of our hearts.

God of love hear the cry of those who yearn for love; fractured families, broken homes neglected, unwanted, alone.

{Silence}

God of love, in your mercy hear our prayer

God of justice hear the cry of those who yearn for justice; persecuted and oppressed, exploited, ill-treated, broken.

{Silence}

God of justice, in your mercy hear our prayer

God of peace hear the cry of those who yearn for peace; in battle zones and broken states, frightened, fearful, anxious

{Silence}

God of peace, in your mercy hear our prayer

God of healing hear the cry of those who yearn for healing; physical and spiritual hurting, weakened, depressed

{Silence}

God of healing, in your mercy hear our prayer

God of mercy hear the cry of those who yearn for mercy; convicted, in need of your Grace, contrite, humble, bowed down,

{Silence}

God of mercy, in your mercy hear our prayer

I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:1,2)

May we know The peace of God The love of God The justice of God The healing and mercy of God This day and all days Amen

Merciful Father,

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

© John Birch. Taken from www.faithandworship.com - with thanks.

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