This Week’s Intercessions

FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT

Almighty God. Our Heavenly Father, you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith.
Today people are looking forward to ending the second lockdown in England but recognising that in order for ‘Christmas Bubbles’ to happen, we must prepare by moving into a restrictive Tier system on Wednesday.

Today Christians are looking forward to celebrating Christ’s Birthday, but we need a period of preparation which we call Advent, meaning ‘Coming’, when we reflect on our own lives in relation to Christian values and teaching. This year we may choose to light our own Advent candle of hope, as we look forward to light replacing darkness, which the tiny flame may symbolise. Help us all to banish any dismal thoughts and go forward confidently during the coming days.

Lord in your mercy                                          hear our prayer.

Dear Lord, we give thanks for St. Christopher’s Church with our priests Peter and Caroline to guide us. May they receive extra strength and wisdom as they prepare the busy Christmas season. On this 5th Sunday we also give thanks to everyone who organises, leads or assists with church activities. We give thanks for the return of hybrid church services in Tier 2 next week and pray for all those involved in making it happen here in Hinchley Wood. 
Strengthen Andrew & Jo our bishops and all your Church in the service of Christ; that those who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.
Lord, in your mercy                                    hear our prayer                                 

During the Covid restrictions many people have taken pleasure in outdoor activities and observing Nature.  We pray that greater awareness of the inter-dependency of all life on Earth may inspire people to take more care of our planet’s precious resources.  Help those who can, safely, to brave winter weather and continue to go outside, to observe the changing season and restore a sense of balance in mood and the feeling of well-being. We give hearty thanks for Emma’s team for making the Advent trails at Hinchley Wood to give us a purpose for our walks and help us to look forward to Christ’s coming with joy.
Lord in your mercy                                          hear our prayer

We pray for the world.
We bring before you today all who are suffering from the Covid pandemic.  Many countries have wars and corruption making their situations even worse.  Our politicians are also seeking to achieve Brexit by 31st December without harming our fishermen or other parts of our economy.
We pray for wisdom and compassion to fill the hearts of all those who serve their nations.
Help all those in authority; and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace; that we may honour one another and seek the common good.
Lord, in your mercy                                    hear our prayer                                             

We pray for the sick & the departed, and those who are mourning loved ones.
We pray for those sick with Covid or any other illness and their families. We ask you to help tired staff as they face heavier burdens during the winter months for our NHS.
We bring before you those on our parish prayer list….
As we keep Jean in our prayers we give thanks for the prompt medical treatments she is receiving and ask for your continual watch over her.
And in a moment of silence, we pray for anyone in need known personally to us …….. 
We also pray for the souls of the departed, in peace and at rest now, in your care
Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit…, 
Give strength & skill to all doctors, nurses, care workers & priests.
May those for whom this earthly life is over, rest in peace.
Lord, in your mercy                                    hear our prayer

We pray for ourselves and the whole community
Those of us able to use the internet give thanks, for the social interaction and stimulation it opens up, within our own homes. We pray for all who may find themselves isolated at home without the ability or the will to make social contacts, even by telephone. We give thanks for all volunteers who continue to make a vital difference to the lives of others in our community.
Help us continue to think of others in the way we behave during this different & difficult year, and perhaps until next Easter.  Help us to realise this is not a year we get everything we want, but instead, this is the year we should appreciate everything we have.
Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours; that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.
Lord, in your mercy                                    hear our prayer                                             
Rejoicing in the fellowship of St Christopher, St Andrew and of all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

Merciful God accept these prayers for the sake of your son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.