Prayers for 26 October 2014

Almighty God,

From whom all thought of truth and peace proceed, make your ways known upon earth, your saving power among all peoples. Renew your church in holiness and help us to serve You with joy. Guide the leaders of all nations, that justice may prevail throughout the world. Let the needy never be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Make us instruments of your peace and let your glory be over all the earth.

Bring light out of this present time’s darkness and hope from despair that guided by your Holy Spirit, all your children may find a new way forward together based on your love for us all.

Hold in your loving arms, all those who have been caught up in conflict. We pray for those forced to flee their homes, all who have lost friends, family and possessions and who now face an uncertain future.

Bless our Christian brothers and sisters who have seen the destruction of their churches and communities and for our Muslim neighbours who have also experienced destruction and suffering.

Lord we thank you for bringing leaders into our church family. We pray for your protection over them as they share your love with the people in our area. Inspire them through your Holy Spirit, and let them walk as beacons of hope and grace.

Lord we pray for all those preparing for the Light Party on Friday evening. Guide them and direct their planning. We pray for all the children attending, may they have fun, feel you presence and have a desire to know more of your love.

We give thanks to you God for all those who use our church buildings today, and for those who will do so in the future. We also thank you God for the people you have brought together within our church families, for their range of skills and willingness to serve you. We trust in your provision.

We pray for those who are sick in mind, body or spirit and are in need of your healing touch. We pray for members of our church family, and any others known to us for whom we love and care.

Lord you comfort those who mourn. We especially lift to you the families all those known to us those who are grieving at this time. Through your Holy Spirit provide all that they need in the coming days, weeks, months and beyond. Fill them with Your peace. We also pray for those whose anniversaries fall at this time – may they find your love in the midst of their sorrow.

We thank you for those stepping out to publicly confirm their faith this morning and thank you for their desire to know and love you more and to walk with you always in the certain hope of freedom in you.

Heavenly Father, we lift all these prayers to you through Jesus Christ our Lord;

Amen.

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