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Prayers of Intercession - 17 January 2022 - Psalm 25
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Sovereign God, teach us to trust in You even when we cannot see the way ahead. Help us to walk in faith, even when faith seems foolish. Grant us grace to entrust ourselves to Your everlasting arms, in the assurance that You will be sufficient for all our needs.
We pray for the church worldwide and this week of prayer for Christian Unity. Lord, You led us out of darkness to hope in Jesus. Unite us in our commitment to establish Your reign of love, justice and peace, bringing light to those living in the darkness of despair and disillusionment. Shine Your light upon us and surround us with the warmth of Your love. Forgive the divisions and heal the wounds which divide us and show us Your kingdom here on earth.
We pray for those who are ill in body, mind and spirit. In Your mercy, grant healing and wholeness, comfort and peace. We pray for patience and tolerance when recovery is slow. We pray for families and loved ones weighed down with worry and concern. We give thanks for all medical services and those in the caring sector. Strengthen and uphold them Lord and show them Your healing touch.
We pray for our broken world. For understanding and tolerance where there is mistrust and suspicion. For generosity where there is greed, for kindness where there is cruelty and good where there is evil. We pray for all humanitarian services and peace keeping forces working in dangerous situations. Strengthen and protect them Lord and guide them in Your way of peace.
We pray for the families of those in our parish who have died in recent days.
Show us Your ways, O Lord, teach us Your paths; guide us in Your truth and teach us, for You are God our Saviour, and our hope is in You all day long. No-one whose hope is in You will ever be put to shame. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful. Good and upright is the Lord.
We ask a blessing on Jane, our minister. Guide, strengthen and protect her O Lord and we pray for ourselves. Take what we are and what we have been, and by Your renewing, redeeming touch, direct what we shall be, to the glory of Your name.
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