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Prayers of Intercession on Sunday  22nd September 2019

Let us pray

Lord God, who can possibly fathom the mind, intentions or will of the Lord? Our reasoning, curiosity, study and probing at the extremes of science, philosophy and knowledge pale into insignificance besides Yours, O Lord of all creation.

And yet You grant us through the Spirit of Wisdom and Truth glimpses of Your divine nature through words of knowledge, wisdom and prophecy according to Your will. You wish us only to seek in faith through the name of Jesus.

Father God, author of compassion for all you have created, you bestow the blessings of your healing touch and respite for our shattered minds, souls and bodies of clay through the grace and healing of our Saviour Jesus Christ. You wish us only to ask in faith through the name of Jesus.

Abba Father, you invite all to come into Your divine presence through the the faithful mediation of our Saviour Christ Jesus. We give You our heartfelt thanks for bringing us here to a place of sanctuary, to rest in Your presence, to meet You in safety, to experience the joy of worship, community of fellowship and welcome of love. We thank You for the protection of those whom we love, for the blessings bestowed afresh daily in our lives and for the hope that transcends division, enmity, fear, indifference, outrage and greed abroad in our society.

We give You thanks for the discipleship of faith promulgated by the great crowds of believers since the Lord walked among us and rose again – for the saints, martyrs, apostles , prophets, teachers, preachers, missionaries and disciples as clergy and laity who faithfully witness the Gospel of salvation. We ask this through our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Loving Father, we pray for the leaders  of nations as they assmble to debate the way forward to tackle the impact of climate change on the very survival of this blue planet you have given humankind and all the created order in this part of our solar system. May the collective prophetic voice of the young, whose future is most at risk from climate inaction and global warming, pierce through indifference, defensive rhetoric and political, economic and geostrategic selfishness of divers groupings to shine the light of truth into darkeness of climate change denial. We pray for Your wisdom to guide them to reach profound and effective political, societal, ecomonic and humane collaborative decisions, actions and strategies to save our world.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

God of love and healing, we pray for those whom we know personally in our lives, neighbourhood or community who are ill, undergoing diagnostic tests, awaiting or undergoing therapy and treatment, aftercare or care at home or in a residential setting.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, bless each person or situation weighing on our hearts and minds, strengthen their families, carers, physicians and health or social care staff. May your blessing, the touch of your Spirit bring resolution, healing and peace at the level and to the degree they need. Spirit of the living God, we take a moment to remember all those who need or have asked for our prayers at this time …

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord of Life, we pray for Your church worldwide and locally. Guide, defend, inspire and encourage its leaders and bless our rector, Elaine, Richard our Lay Reader, all the clergy and laity in the diocese and our bishop, Paul, to care for the family of God in body, mind and spirit as humble servants of faith.

Bless their and our endeavours in the parish and wider society to work for greater understanding, tolerance and collaborative action across all strands of the Christian church and with other faith communities,  towards greater understanding, mutual respect and social cohesion.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

And we say together:

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

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