August 2012

Prayers of Intercession

Author: 
Fiona and Ian Corless

Lord, to whom can we go?
You have the words of eternal life

Lord, thank you for last night’s sleep and thank you for today
Help us to waste none of today’s hours and to miss none of today’s opportunities
Thank you for the gifts you have given us – individually and collectively – and help us to use them to further your Kingdom here on earth
• Eyes to see and perceive
• Ears to hear and listen
• Hands to work and create
• Minds to think and innovate
• Memories to remember and learn from
• Hearts to love and worship

Lord, to whom can we go?
You have the words of eternal life

Lord, we confess that we have not always followed your words.
There have been moments when we chose other options...
We chose to join in the gossip and not to speak out on behalf of the misunderstood.
We chose to take sides with the strong, because we feared the consequences of being found alongside the weak.
We fired back a text in anger,
We hit ‘send’ on an email in the heat of the moment,
We spoke a harsh word of judgement and we regret the fact that what has been said can’t be taken back.
We allowed pride to get the better of us.
We ask for your forgiveness and mercy, Lord. We thank you that you do not treat us as our sins deserve, and Your love and your word permit a new start.
As we move on from this place, may others see a difference in us,
May we surprise others with the gift of forgiveness and our capacity to move on and make fresh starts.
Lord, to whom can we go?
You have the words of eternal life

Lord God, we pray for our community:
• For teachers as they bring to fruition their preparations for the new school year.
• For our children and young people as their summer holidays come to an end and they prepare for new classes, schools and places of education and learning.
• For healthcare and social workers in their mission to improve the wellbeing of those who are sick and unwell.
• For those in the armed forces as they prepare for their next challenges in a dangerous world.
• For volunteers, carers and those who undertake work for which they are not paid.
• For our church today and in the coming weeks as we discern your will, and welcome back our minister Paul from his sabbatical.
Lord, guide and inspire our community, in all we do this week and beyond.
Lord, to whom can we go?
You have the words of eternal life

Lord we pray for all people who are in trouble and fear today:
• For those who are sad because someone they have loved had died
• For those who are anxious because someone is ill or in pain
• For those who are lonely because someone they love is not there for them.
Lord, bless:
• Those who are tired because they have too much to do
• Those who are struggling with finance or are facing the prospect of unemployment
• Those who are unhappy because of an unkind word or action.
Lord, surround those in need with your wisdom, your spirit, your healing and your life-giving peace.
Lord, to whom can we go?
You have the words of eternal life

Lord, you call us to follow in your footsteps.
Help us to know what this looks like in each situation where we find ourselves.
Help us to know when following you means washing the feet of others,
When it means turning over tables,
When it means going to a party at the house of an outsider,
When it means breaking down the barriers that divide people from each other in the homes where we live, the places we work, the communities where we worship.
We grieve the fact that our world is divided and we ask that you work powerfully in our small lives and our big world to break down the walls that divide.
Break down the walls between Jew and Gentile
Between male and female
Between weak and strong
Between young and old
Between rich and poor
Between board member and worker
Between conservatives and reactionaries
Between creationists and scientists
Between Protestant and Catholic
Between Christian and Muslim
Between Sunnis and Shiites.
Break down the walls within our own lives, which hold us back from reaching out to others,
Which prevent us from seeing the best in other people, in other cultures,
Which stop your love getting in, and your blessing getting out.
Lord, to whom can we go?
You have the words of eternal life

Lord, in gratitude,
In deep gratitude for this moment, this place, this world
We give ourselves to you.
Take us out, , to live as changed people,
because we have been touched by the living Lord, and cannot remain the same.
Ask much of us, expect much of us
Enable much by us, encourage many through us
Living Lord, accept our lives and accept our prayers this day and every day
You have the words of eternal life and in you we trust.
Amen