Intercessions for Sunday 4th December 2022 from David Marshall

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

Almighty God, as we contemplate the teaching of John the Baptist on our Advent journey, give us the courage to be faithful and to “bear fruits worthy of repentance” until your promises are fulfilled.  Help us to look forward in hope to the second coming of our Saviour. May we live as Jesus taught and be ready to welcome him.

Lord in your mercy; Hear our prayer.

Faithful God, we pray for Christians throughout the world and for your blessing on all services during the Christmas period. We particularly pray for those people who only go to church at this time of year and ask that they may feel your love for them and commit their lives to you.

Lord in your mercy; Hear our prayer.

Creator God, we pray for people in parts of the world where life is precarious, whether through disaster, poverty, disease, drought, flooding or war. We pray that the time may be hastened when there is peace on earth and goodwill between all people.  We pray for our precious world and bring before you the discussions at the recent Climate Change Conference. May the decisions made help us all to be good stewards, so that we can pass on our world in good order to the generations yet to come.  We pray for people in our country who are struggling due to the increases in the cost of living and energy prices. Please show us how best to help people in need in our local community.

Lord in your mercy; Hear our prayer.

Father God, as we approach Christmas, we often fail to hear you; we are so busy that at times we hardly give a thought to what our lives and the season of Advent are all about. Our spirits grow tired and you, Father God, can seem far away. Help us to hear your voice today and be with us with every gift we buy, every one we wrap and with those who receive and open them.

Lord in your mercy; Hear our prayer.

Loving God, we thank you for the gift of life, and pray for those whose lives are troubled by illness, grief, poverty or injustice. We pray that in the darkness of their suffering and pain Your Advent light will shine, to bring them the assurance and hope of the coming of your son Jesus. In a moment of silence, we remember those known personally to us who need your help today.  Father God, we ask you to draw close to all of those mentioned, so that they may be aware of your presence, and we ask you to provide your peace and comfort for them at this time.

Lord in your mercy; Hear our prayer.

Loving God, we pray for those who have died recently or at this time of year. Be near to all who mourn and comfort them with the knowledge that in the coming of your son Jesus the gates of heaven have been opened wide for all who accept him as Lord and Saviour.

Lord in your mercy; Hear our prayer.

Merciful God, who sent John the Baptist to proclaim the Good News, help us as we go from this church to be true heralds of the coming of Christ and to proclaim the Gospel through all we do and say.

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

Please feel free to use these intercessions for your own prayers, or in your own service.

(We sometimes gain inspiration from the prayers on the website of the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy. Please do visit their site too !)

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