Intercessions

Intercessions

                                                   Intercessions written by a member of our Benefice


The First Sunday of Lent, 18th February 2024


Thank you, Lord God, for the opportunity of worship, for the freedom to be amongst your family meeting together in your house and in the warmth of your embrace.

Thank you, that in worship we can put aside the uncertainties of this world and rest upon the certainties of the Kingdom, for your promises are not changeable as those of man might be, but immovable and eternal.

Thank you, that we can bring to your feet all the hurts and fears that trouble us and leave them there knowing that your strength and assurance are all that we require

Thank you, that as we draw near in worship we are transported from a world of concerns and fears to a place where we can be at peace in your presence, find healing, wholeness and refreshment.

Thank you, Lord God, for the opportunity of worship.

Amen.


Lord, grant us simplicity of faith and a generosity of service, that gives without counting cost. A life overflowing with Grace poured out from the One who gave everything, that we might show the power of love to an unsettled world, and share the truth from a living Word. Lord, grant us simplicity of faith, and a yearning to share it...

Amen.


Almighty God you spoke to your servant Abram telling him not to be afraid, to use you as his shield, and to expect a great reward.  Help us in our times of fear and worry, and constantly remind us of the reward of everlasting life that we can expect through faith in your son Jesus Christ.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.


Almighty God help us to avoid the constant temptations of the world. When daily pressures or circumstance become the distance between us,
draw near we pray, remind us of the grace that we first knew,
your healing touch, the Father’s love, the Spirit’s breath.
Grant us courage, a faith that endures and the sure knowledge
that you are with us in our journeying, now and always.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.

 

Creator God as we pray for the world, its peoples and leaders, especially those places troubled by disasters, natural or man-made. We thank you for all of the wonders of the world which belongs to you but was given into our care at the beginning of time.  Help us to be good stewards, always mindful of the consequences of our lack of care.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.


Father God, the psalmist tells us to “seek your face” in the people who we live amongst.  May they too, as they look upon us, see something of you and of your son Jesus Christ shining from us.  Make us always a beacon of faith as we live the gospel out in all our words and actions.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.


Merciful God, we raise before you those we know and love who are ill or in need at this time.

Give the Doctors, Nurses and Carers strength and dedication to heal and comfort, in the hospitals and homes.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.


Gracious God we pray for those who have died, especially those who have recently departed this life, and for all who mourn their passing.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer.


Loving God as we go out into the world today help us to resist temptation, remembering that your son was tempted by the world and the devil but chose faithfulness over popularity, service above fame and sacrifice instead of power.

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