Intercessions written by a member of our Benefice

Pentecost, Sunday 19th May 2024

Everlasting God we are gathered together in love and fellowship, hear us now as we bring before you our cares and our needs. And so, we pray for your church throughout the world, for Christians everywhere meeting in small house groups, in rural and town churches and in great city cathedrals. Grant that we and all your people may be built up in our faith and show in our lives the love we see in Jesus.

Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer

Lord God, we give you thanks for our churches here in this Benefice and our wider family within and the Church of England. We pray for all who minister to us, sowing the seeds of your word, enlarging and enriching our understanding of God and helping us to respond to his love. We pray that the interview process this week may bear fruit and bring us our own incumbent, who can minister to all in our community for many years to come…

Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer

O God, send forth your Holy Spirit into our hearts that we may perceive, into our minds that we may remember, and into our souls that we may meditate. Inspire us to speak with piety, holiness, tenderness and mercy. Teach, guide and direct our thoughts and senses from beginning to end. May your grace ever help and correct us, and may we be strengthened now with wisdom from on high, for the sake of your infinite mercy.

Lord in your Mercy: Hear our prayer

We pray that the Holy Spirit of Peace may help the leaders of nations to seek justice and peace. May there be good news for the poor and the broken hearted; release for those illegally or wrongly imprisoned and an end to the conflicts throughout the world which lead to so much grief and mourning.  We pray for all those who are striving to rebuild in places which have been ravaged by war or natural disaster and those who have been forced to flee their homes and are now seeking refuge.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

We pray for our Royal Family, and thank them for their selfless service to the country that we love. Lord, teach us again the great lesson of service. Help us to devote ourselves to our community and our families as well as to ourselves, so that through all we may serve you. Through your love for us, save us from half-heartedness. In the depth of your mercy, pick us up when we fall. Be close to us when we face difficulty or distress, and fill our lives with the light of your presence.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Living God, where there is sickness turn weakness into strength, suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort. Help all who suffer to trust in your goodness, and hope in your faithfulness, even in the midst of their suffering. Let them be filled with patience and joy in your presence as they wait for your healing touch.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Everlasting God, we remember all those loved ones who have gone before, walked the same path that we tread. Thank you for their inspiring words, encouragement, love and support, an example for us to follow. May their legacy be seen in the people we have become, and may we always be thankful to you for giving us their company.

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Out of our ordinary, everyday lives, you have gathered us here, Holy God, to this time of worship, to this time of praise.

We join with angels and archangels and all the company of the saints

to bless you, to listen for your Word, to immerse ourselves in your grace,

in your love.

Open our eyes, our hearts, our minds to your presence with us.

Take the chaos of the world that has found its way into our hearts,

speak your Word and give order and form and new creation.

 Take the failures and defeats, the guilt and the shame that bind our spirits, speak your Word and set us free.

Take our longings for your goodness to shape our lives, this community,

And all the world. Speak your Word and infuse us with your courage,

your hope and your love.

Then, awaken us to your Holy Spirit who is making all things new,

even us.

We ask in Jesus’ name who sends us out to speak love and mercy and grace to those who are waiting, longing, hoping for a sign that they are not alone, that you are a God of love, that you are a Saviour who knows their name, that the Holy Spirit is leading them home.

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