This Week’s Intercessions

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Let us pray for the Church and for the world, and let us thank God for his goodness.

Holy God, we come before you with thanksgiving for all your mercy and grace and we give thanks for the beauty and wonder of the world around us, as we bring to you our prayers of intercession and thanksgiving.

Lord, in your mercy ……  Hear our prayer 

Almighty God, we pray today for your blessing to be upon our congregation, upon our church and upon our community here in Hinchley Wood.  May your presence be seen vividly through us in all that we do and say each day. We pray that your joy and your love will flow freely in and through us and that we might never be a temptation to those around us.

Lord, in your mercy ……….  Hear our prayer

Lord God, St. John gave us a vision of a new heaven and a new earth.  We pray for those parts of the world which suffer greatly and need renewal.  Inspire and instruct our world leaders to work tirelessly for the day when all the world’s peoples may enjoy security, peace and can live without poverty and in fear for their lives. We especially remember the people of Ukraine at this time; we pray also for those caught up in the drought and conflicts in East Africa;  we pray for those in the Middle East and Asia living in circumstances we would find intolerable;  we pray for all those trying to make a difference in bringing renewed hope to the struggling regions of the world.   

Lord, in your mercy ……  Hear our prayer

Faithful God, your son Jesus said “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” In our worship today, we testify to God’s love shown perfectly in Christ and we re-commit ourselves to love one another as a community of faith.  We pray and give a special welcome to George on his baptism.  We also pray that, as Jesus, our love extends from the mundane to the heroic and encompasses every kind of self-giving act in between. 

Lord, in your mercy ……  Hear our prayer

Gracious God, in your great mercy comfort and relieve those who are sick, injured, aged or distressed and according to their needs, enable them to draw strength from you and know that you are with them in all their troubles. 

This morning we pray for Mandy as she awaits further surgery, we pray for Julia’s continued recovery and we pray for former parishioner Don Beardshall who is recovering safely at home after a recent spell in hospital.

We pray also for loved ones and those known only to us who are ill, lonely or sad.  We remember them now in the quietness of our hearts and ask that they be blessed with your love and peace…..  We do not forget those who have recently died and give thanks for their lives and the privilege of knowing and loving them.

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