This Week’s Intercessions

PALM SUNDAY -24TH MARCH 2024

In the power of the spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Jesus enters Jerusalem as the Prince of Peace, riding on a donkey.   At the heart of our rejoicing is the pain he is bound to suffer in redeeming us through unflinching love.  Yet we still certainly rejoice, for we know he has won the victory.  Jesus is our King.  Gracious God, open our eyes to your presence and just as you walk with us, help us to walk with you.

Lord in your Mercy Hear our Prayer.

We think of your Church today worshipping in clusters and crowds all over the world. Our language race and nationalities may be different, but our worship is one and our praise for you united. We pray for the whole family of the Church – for Peter and Caroline who lead us in our worship here at St. Christophers and for all who support them in what they seek to do. 

Lord in your Mercy Hear our Prayer.

Lord on this special day grant us peace in your world – for countries where there is war and communities that are broken.   We remember today those involved in conflicts around the world and we pray for all leaders and advisers in politics, business, education and health to strive for good values, integrity and compassion, and to have the courage to stand up for what is right.   If God is for us, who can be against us says St. Paul.  May we too have the courage to stand up for what we believe whether the world listens to us or not. Jesus retained his dignity surrounded by hypocrites and murderers.  We pray that the many throughout our troubled world unjustly accused and tortured may find their dignity in their likeness to Christ.

Lord in your Mercy Hear our Prayer.

Sovereign God thank you for the loveliness of creation the beauty of this wonderful world.  With the hope of Spring, we have so much around us that gives a taste of heaven here on earth.   Pardon our folly for you have created such a beautiful world and too often we allow it to pass us by. Teach us to appreciate both the privilege and responsibility it represents, not only rejoicing in all you have given us but also respecting its innate worth and dignity in playing our part in protecting it for the future so that others may take time to stand and stare.

Lord in your Mercy Hear our Prayer.

Gracious Lord, you know the needs of human life – we pray for our relationships with our neighbours, colleagues and those in our family.   As we seek to live our lives according to your example, help us by your presence to overcome our hasty speech that hurts others, to be free from greed and selfishness, from pride and jealousy that spoils our life.  Help us to curb our temper, to be free from moodiness and wanting our own way.  Let your presence help us to care about the feelings of others and to be gentle and ready to say we are sorry.  You know us Lord – bring out the best in us so that our lives may reflect your way for the world. Give us the grace to forgive readily, listen attentively and to be available whenever you need us.

Lord in your Mercy Hear our Prayer.

Dear Lord, we pray for those in your world who are in need and ask you to be merciful to them.  We pray for the broken hearted that you would bind up their sorrows, for the sick that you would heal their infirmities, for the lonely that in you they would discover the perfect friend. We pray for all who are finding life difficult at the moment, those who are coping with personal tragedy or heartache, for all who are ill or frail. For those awaiting results of tests – about to undergo operations or who are now recuperating.   In a moment of silence we pray for all who are on our prayer list together with the people and things that are most dear to our own hearts – they are probably too many to list but in our hearts we pray for all that comes immediately to mind.

Lord in your Mercy Hear our Prayer.

Lord Jesus Christ, you know all about fickle allegiances, having heard your people’s shouts of “Hallelujah” turn to cries of “Crucify”.  Our loyalty, too, is often found wanting when the chips are down.  Though we confess undying commitment, we like those who welcomed you into Jerusalem so long ago, are swift to look the other way when commitment proves costly; denying or abandoning you when service involves sacrifice.  Forgive the frailty of our faith and give us an allegiance to you that stays true through thick and thin just as you stay true to us. When we are too full of ourselves, Lord, ‘puffed up’ with our own importance, remind us that you revealed your glory not through a crown but through a cross.

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