Prayers for Ordinary 21
22 August 2010 Prayers by Mr John Tatman
Let us pray. Lord God, we come into your house, our home to give thanks for all you have given. We thank you for the morning dawn, for the gentle touch of the sun, and for the beautiful harmony and power of your creation. Help us to be aware of your presence and hear your voice, so that we may be ready to obey and do your will. We pray for the church throughout the world, especially for our church here and at Putnoe Heights. We pray for Charlie, Sam, and Jane, for the leadership team, and for all who offer their time in the service of Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for our world, especially for bleak and dangerous places where people suffer greatly through neglect, terrorism or war. Give leaders and governments wisdom to make right and just decisions so that we may know peace with justice. We pray especially for victims of floods in Pakistan as they struggle to rebuild their lives after losing their homes, their livelihood, and in many cases, members of their family. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for our neighbours and for people around us with whom we work or share our daily lives. Remind us that we all share your world with each other. Help us to make our homes examples of your love, places of mutual trust and forgiveness, places of true sharing and caring, and unite us all one to another in the circle of your love. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord we pray for the sick and the suffering. We bring before you in a moment of quietness all those who are in need at this time, particularly those we know or love: -
For those who are in pain, may they have strength, for those who are in trouble may they find help, and for those who are afraid may they be given courage. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Heavenly Father, we remember and thank you for those who have died in the faith of Christ. We thank you for allowing us to share our lives with them. We pray for those who mourn. Open their minds that they may find a new direction in life and grant them the comfort of your presence. Jesus Christ is the light of the world, a light which no darkness can quench. We remember before God those who have died and light a candle to symbolise the light of Christ, which eternally brings hope.You turn our darkness into light. In your light shall we see light. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Now we will say together the prayer that Jesus gave us, which can be found on the back page of your service booklet.