Sunday, May 12, 2013

Prayers Sunday 12 May 2013 (7h of Easter)

let us pray: Heavenly Father, 
you promised through your Son 
to hear the prayers of those 
who ask in faith;

In these days of prayer & preparation, 
we pray that we, your Church, 
will always have hearts open to the Spirit of Truth; 
& the courage to bring that Truth to all the world,
whatever the cost. 
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

In these days of prayer & preparation, 
we pray that we will be ever mindful 
of the needs of others 
so that all may receive what they need 
from what you give us. Lord in your mercy 

In these days of prayer & preparation, 
may our example of Holy living 
make ready our communities 
for the Spirit that you send to all. Lord in your mercy:  hear our prayer 

In these days of prayer & preparation, 
we thank you for all who work to make your truth known; 
we pray for Michael our bishop 
and all who minister in our diocese; 
we ask for unity with those to whom 
we are united by our common baptism, 
yet divided by our own stubborn refusal 
to obey Christ’s prayer that we should be One; 
and we pray that, strong in the faith 
as passed down by the Apostles 
and brought to this land by St Patrick, 
that the Church of Ireland 
and the Anglican Communion may continue in unity. 
Lord in your mercy:  hear our prayer 

In these days of prayer & preparation, 
we thank you for those 
who having been faithful witnesses 
to your Truth in this life 
have entered into their reward in the next; 
we pray that all who mourn will be comforted; 
that the sick and dying will know your care; 
and those who struggle in their relationships, 
with others or with you, will know your peace. 
Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

And in these days of prayer & preparation, 
we ask that you hear also 
the the prayers of our own hearts, 
for ourselves 
and for those we know to be in need 
of our prayers 
(pause for silent prayer) 
Lord in your mercy:  hear our prayer 

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

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