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Blessed - The Prayers

29 July 2022

Intercessions – 24th July 2022

 

Let us pray

Father give us a moment to be still and listen for your voice; you know our journeys and the roads we travel; you have your ear to our hearts both when we pray and when we doubt.  You know well what we fear; what we question; what we long for and from whom we turn away. God of all love and every truth, help us to look with open eyes, to see with open hearts and to hear with compassion and sincerity.

 

Let us pray for our Giving

Lord, who gives us everything that we have, we return a portion of our bounty with joy, giving to the work of your church and to your world what is already yours; ourselves, our lives and our means. Make good come from our gifts and teach us to use what we have with wisdom and compassion.

In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

 

God in your mercy – hear our prayer

 

Blessed are You, Oh Lord our God

We come to you now because there is no better time to bring you our concerns and our thanks

 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

And so it is our privilege to pray for your world and your people, a world which struggles to live justly and at peace; a world of joyful diversity and desperate needs.

Conscious of the peace in this place, we pray for those victims of violence, hunger and those who have lost hope. May their voices be heard and the work of the peace makers be blessed. We pray for humanitarian agencies, such as Christian Aid and for those governments who offer them support … For tribes, clans and peoples - humanity in all its glorious variety and every broken and frightened individual… for those who think of themselves as unwanted and unloved… For the fearful and the broken…For the stateless and those terrorised by their own state… When our hearts ache for the victims of war, oppression and human corruption, help us to remember that you healed people simply by touching them…, so give us faith in our ability to comfort and heal bodies, minds and spirits that have been broken. May they be restored and made whole by those who do your will on earth as it is in heaven.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.

 

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

 

We pray for those places where basic needs are not being met; for those who lack a home because of economic hardship or unjust forces. We pray for those who suffer because of prejudice and attitudes of hate. Heal their hurts, bind their wounds, and hold them in your care.

Strengthen those that seek to challenge the unjust systems that currently prevail in our world and which continue to promote life demeaning attitudes and practices. We pray for those whose hearts are hardened by hate and whose eyes are blinded by prejudice. Work in them to soften their hearts and open their eyes. Enable them to see that all people are made in your image and bear your likeness. Give them a vision of your kingdom where all people dwell together in harmony and where difference is celebrated as part of the wonder and beauty of your creation. Use us to help build a better future for all to help to bring about a real change in our world.

Blessed are those who strive for justice

 

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

 

We thank you for all the blessings bestowed upon us

We pray for our neighbours; those people gathered around us now, we pray for those whose lives are diminished by illness, depression or grief, particularly remembering those known to us; we ask for your healing, affirming and restoring love. Maker and Lover of all, in the mystery of your kindness you have bound us to each other, and called us to serve the earth and its people. So, hear us in this ancient place of worship as we pray for our church family to which we belong that it may ever be a centre of faith, hospitality and imagination, modelling the future and be accepting and open to all.

You challenge us to follow you, not by staying as we are, but by stepping out in faith, casting our net into deeper water. You challenge us to trust you and be prepared for all eventualities, even when the load is heavy and you know that we struggle to succeed. But with your challenge comes blessing. Flimsy nets are filled, broken lives made whole. From emptiness to abundance. Help us to stand out – to shine with your light as a beacon in our community – in enviable happiness
Thank you for your challenge. Grant us courage to follow, and enable us to hear the call of discipleship, trusting not in our worthiness but in the healing love of Jesus.

 

Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer

 

God of all blessings, source of all life, we thank you for the gift of life: for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures, for the love of family and friends. We thank you for the mystery of creation: for the beauty that the eye can see, for the joy that the ear may hear. We thank you for friends who love us by choice, who share our burdens. We thank you for this day: for life and one more day to love, for opportunity and one more day to work for justice and peace, for your grace, for your promise to be with us, to be our God, and to give salvation. For these, and all blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving God.
 

May our journey ahead be blessed with God’s laughter

 

We ask these things in Jesus’ name.  Amen!

 

Excerpts from:

Wild Goose Worship Group

The Church of Christ the Cornerstone: Revd George Mwaura

beliefnet: Vienna Cobb Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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