Prayers for 13 Dec 2015

God of love, turn our hearts to your ways; and give us peace. Lord, sanctify us we pray and help us to wash our lives clean. Help us to stop doing wrong, and to learn to do right: to seek justice, to encourage the oppressed, to defend the cause of orphans, and to plead the case of widows.

Give us faith to trust only in You.

We pray for all those in authority, that they might lead us to live peaceful lives leading others to You. 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 diminished. Make us instruments of your peace and let your glory be over all the earth.

Lord you made us responsible for stewardship of your creation and we thank you for the agreement reached at the climate conference in Paris.

God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth, Enlighten those who possess power and money to avoid indifference, but love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live. The poor and the earth are crying out. O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future, for the coming of your Kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We thank you for all those who have responded to our invitations to join us in this place over recent weeks, and pray blessing on all those who will attend this afternoon’s Christingle and all other services over the Christmas period.

Lord you comfort those who mourn. We lift to you the families of Christopher Reeve, and all those known to us who are grieving at this time, or whose anniversaries of loss fall at this time . Hear us, Lord of life, and uphold by the grace and consolation of your Holy Spirit all those who are bereaved.

Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick in mind, body or spirit that they may be made whole. Grant to all who are lonely, anxious or depressed a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence. Grant to all who minister to those who are suffering wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience. Mend broken relationships, and restore to those in distress soundness of mind and serenity of spirit. Sustain and support those who seek your guidance and lift up all who are brought low by the trials of this life. Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin, in our lives, in our nation, and in the world.

We pray for members of our church family who suffer today.

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God, your saving power among all peoples. Renew your Church in holiness and help us to serve you with joy.

Father, hear our prayers, in Jesus’ name and for his sake

Amen

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