Prayers for Others - Palm Sunday 5 April 2020

 

Lord Jesus on this Palm Sunday

we remember that you rode in to Jerusalem

to face the challenge of your life and death.

 

So we come to you at the time of our great challenge,

our great need and uncertainty,

we come to pray for others across the world

who are anxious and suffering,

just as we are.

 

We pray Lord for all those who are ill and dying,

that you will surround them with your grace and peace,

and the love of their family and friends.

 

We thank you for those who are caring,

at home and in medical centres and hospitals,

nursing homes and in the community.

We pray that you will bless them with compassion and wisdom,

and their own safety,

as they treat others with such dedication and expertise.

 

We pray for those who mourn,

that you will comfort and bless them

as they come to terms with the unexpected loss of their loved ones.

 

Bless us all with peace of mind, freedom from anxiety,

and confidence in those who are doing their utmost to help control this situation.

 

Lord bless us with 'strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.'

 

Lord we pray for those in many parts of the worlds

who are suffering in other ways

the pain of hunger and thirst,

the misery of homelessness,

the desolation of refugees and asylum seekers.

 

Bless them all with hope and new beginnings

that their lives may improve in unexpected ways.

 

'God hears our sighs and counts our tears,

he will lift up our heads.'

 

Lord we pray for the church throughout the world,

Christians reaching out to care for others,

not just family and friends,

but for their local community.

We pray for our community here,

and pray that you will direct all our efforts to care for those who are in most need.

 

Lord we thank you for the technology which enables us to pray and stay together,

help to make sure everyone feels supported and prayed for regularly.

Lord bless Chris and the elders as they spearhead all our efforts to rise to the challenge.

 

Matt 21: v 9

The crowds walking in front of Jesus and behind began to shout,

“Praise to David's Son! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord!

Praise God!”

 

Lord bless us with 'strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.'     Amen.

 

 

 

Prayers for Others, written by Joan Winterbottom 29th March 2020

 

Loving God,

Your arms of compassion surround us all our lives.

In the person of your Son

You have reached out to us

With your grace and touched us, gently freeing us.

May the knowledge 

That we are loved increase in us

And make us grow into all that we can be in love,

So that as you made yourself known to us

In Jesus Christ

Our lives might make you known in this generation.

 

Come, Lord Jesus, 

As your people reach out to you from across the whole world,

In the midst of this frightening, and unforgiving pandemic.

Come, Lord Jesus.

 

Come, Lord Jesus,

To the poor, the hungry, the exploited, the neglected,

Thinking of all those in Refugee camps in North Western Syria, who are desperately in need of medical supplies to treat the Coronavirus sufferers.

CSW (Christian Support Worldwide) request that we pray for Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani serving a ten year sentence in Iran. There is concern for him and all Iran’s prisoners that appropriate measures are not being taken to stop the spread of this virus in Iran’s prisons. 

Come, Lord Jesus.

 

Come, Lord Jesus,

To the lonely, the desperate, the ignored, the frightened.

We think of all who live alone, who normally look forward to seeing family and friends, and who now face social isolation for the foreseeable future.

We think of families who struggle with fraught relationships, who are especially challenged right now as they are told to isolate at home. For children, whose parents are short tempered in dealing with their young ones, for whom school is an escape from abuse and neglect.

Come, Lord Jesus.

 

Come, Lord Jesus,

To the wounded, the sick, the suffering, the helpless, 

Our hearts reach out to all, both young and old who are feeling ill right now. We think of the Prince of Wales, our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and his Health Secretary, Matt Hancock.

We especially pray for those who are very ill, andfighting for their lives.

May they find solace in the faithful presence of those who care for them.

Come, Lord Jesus. 

 

Come, Lord Jesus,

To the tired, the stressed, the worried, the depressed.

Thinking above all at this time of the Doctors, Nurses and all Health workers throughout the world,and their trusty band of Volunteers; of Policemen, Ambulance drivers, Teachers and Shop workers , all of whom are working to the point of exhaustion in unprecedented circumstances.

Come, Lord Jesus.

 

Come, Lord Jesus.

Loving God, through your son Jesus Christ, whoshows us how to love, we know that it is that love that binds us together in these times of crisis. As we gradually adapt to our new life of “separateness”, we are drawn together by our wonderful modern technology that keeps us all connected: our phones, tablets, computers and the amazing internet.

Lord Jesus, we thank you too that you fill us with hope for better times in the future. Thank you for all who participated in our “National clap for the NHS”, bringing encouragement and hope. Also the rainbows appearing in windows, reminding us of your constant presence and your love.

 

God, maker and lover of us all,

Help us to follow in the footsteps of your son, Jesus Christ, working towards the healing of your whole creation.

Amen.

 

 

 

Prayers for Others written by Bev Lyne 20th March 2020

Loving God we come to you now with a heavy heart as we think of our brothers and sisters in countries at war and in conflict, where hatred and greed are all consuming, where people live in fear of death and persecution, often hungry and thirsty, often with no place to live, often with very little hope.  Lord, help us to find ways where we can make a difference; by petitioning government; by sharing our resources; by supporting those who seek to bring about peace, following the example shown to us by your son Jesus Christ.

Lord help us to be your shining light….

Compassionate God be with all those who are ill in body, mind or spirit, give them and their families strength and comfort, be with those who mourn, surround them with your love, be with those who are lonely, anxious, or depressed, give them strength and courage to seek help.   

                             

Lord show them your shining light…….

God of Peace we seek your comfort and support in these troubling times in the United Kingdom.  We ask that you guide our politicians and leaders to made decisions with integrity, and in honest pursuit of what is right for all of us.  We think of those employees who now find themselves out of work and pray that they will be given the help and support they need and we pray too for the communities that are struggling due to the Coronavirus pandemic.         

Lord show them your shining light…….

Caring Lord, as we think of Mothering Sunday and of our own church here at Wylde Green, we give you thanks that we are blessed with the opportunity to share together, to pray together and to have fun together in freedom and without fear of persecution.  Bless us now as we accept the restrictions placed upon us for the next weeks and months with grace, knowing we are helping and supporting others to remain healthy.

And Lord we pray for our Mums; for their kindness, their support, their unfailing love for us.

Finally, Lord we pray for ourselves that we are enlightened, emboldened, and enthusiastic.  Give us the courage and strength to spread the news of your amazing love for us all and that of your son Jesus Christ.

 

Lord help us to be your shining light  

 

Amen.

 

 

Prayers For Lent

Lord, as we enter Lent, help us to draw near to you in praise, stripping away all that distracts us from worship. Amen.


As Jesus resisted temptation by the devil in the wilderness, help us reflect on his faithfulness to God, his rejection of worldly values and hold these thoughts in our hearts throughout Lent and beyond. Amen.


Jesus, you prayed and fasted. As your disciple, teach me about spiritual discipline in my relationship with you. Amen.


Lord, may Lent be a time of inward searching that makes me more able to look with compassion at the needs of the world. Amen.


Thank you Lord for desert experiences, when being confronted with myself makes me realise my need of you. Amen.


Lord, you've guided us through the difficult days of Lent, encouraging us along the way. We pray as we move towards the darkest day, that you'll not forsake us, but remind us of our Saviour's ultimate gift and
promise of new, abundant, eternal life for all who believe and trust in him, your precious son, Jesus. Amen.

 

God of all wholeness, heal our hearts of all that prevents us responding to our sisters and brothers excluded by poverty and prevented from living a full and healthy life. This Lent, may we: implore justice through our prayer; stand in solidarity through our fasting; and reach out through our giving. Send your life-giving power to revive the weary, restore the broken and renew the face of the earth. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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